Juan Castelao and the VPOSaturday, February 18, 2006
There is plenty of culture in Vancouver but there is nothing worse than conflicting schedules of good stuff. Tonight will be the performance of the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra's Scandinavian concert, 8pm at Shaughnessy United Church, 1550 West 33. My problem is that I have two tickets to Ballet BC tonight. But my friend, Pamplona born Juan Castelao, the orchestra's musical director always has a fine dress rehearsal on the same day. That's where I'm headed in a few minutes this morning. Juan Castelao corrects my iffy Spanish and we exchange our favourite Spanish and Latin American authors. Best of all we both share a passion for Nando's Chicken on West 41st. Here you can see a picture I took of Juan on Christmas Eve.