May 30, 7pm, Western Front (303 East 8th Avenue)
Celebrating Asian Heritage Month 亞裔傳統月, The Sound of Dragon Ensemble 龍吟滄海樂團(Vancouver) and Melody of China 漢聲樂團(San Francisco) come together to create the first collaboration between two professional ensembles of Chinese roots from across the border in North America.
This concert will give the world premiere of new commissions by Dorothy Chang (Canada), Itamar Erez (Canada), and Yuan Chen Li 李元貞(US/Taiwan), along with works by Mark Armanini, Ali Razmi, and Lan Tung 董籃. Featuring soloists Yangqin Zhao 趙揚琴 (yangqin/Chinese hammered dulcimer) and Gangqin Zhao趙鋼琴 (zheng/Chinese zither), this concert marks Melody of China’s Vancouver debut. Formed in 1993 and among the longest running professional Chinese ensembles in North America, Melody of China is equally versed in traditional and contemporary music. It is the most well-known Chinese ensemble on the US Westcoast.
The Sound of Dragon Ensemble brings together some of the most skillful Vancouver musicians from both the east and the west: Nicole Li 李歌(erhu), Lan Tung (erhu & voice), Marina Hasselberg (cell), Charlie Lui 呂畇初 (dizi), Mark McGregor (flute), Itamar Erez (guitar), Zhimin Yu 于志敏(ruan), and Jonathan Bernard (percussion). Welcoming back guest conductor Chih Sheng Chen 陳志昇(Taiwan) for the third time, this concert will prepare the ensemble for its debut Asia tour this fall.
After the Vancouver premiere, Sound of Dragon Ensemble and Melody of China will share the stage at Fort Mason Centre for Arts & Culture as part of San Francisco International Arts Festival on June 2, at 6pm.
Save the date: 蘭韻樂團 Orchid Ensemble’s Crossing Mountains & Seas fuses together music of the east and west, with choreographers Julia Taffe and Chengxin Wei魏成欣, Aeriosa Dance, and Sammy Chien/Chimerik’s 似不像multimedia projection.
July 20, 8pm, Vancouver Playhouse 穿越山海經 2019年七月20日晚上8點