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Meet Ariel Barnes, principal cellist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Robert Rowat

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is gearing up for its 2016-17 concert season with a series of video profiles of some of its musicians.

In the first one, we meet principal cellist Ariel Barnes who explains how he fell in love with the cello at the age of three. "When I first became aware of how much I loved playing the instrument, and how natural it was for me," he reflects in the video, "I kind of always knew that I would be a musician."

Watch the full profile below.

Barnes and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will open the 2016-17 concert season on Sept. 24 with Stravinsky' The Rite of Spring, Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 and a new work by Jocelyn Morlock called Oiseaux bleus et sauvages. Bramwell Tovey conducts. Details here.

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