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Sound of Dragon Ensemble builds consensus at the Orpheum Annex

by Staff on March 1, 2017

The term consensus is not just the title of Sound of Dragon’s upcoming concert: it’s also the intercultural octet’s mission statement.

With a lineup that includes several bona fide stars—including erhu virtuosos Lan Tung and Nicole Ge Li, cellist Marina Hasselberg, and guitarist Itamar Erez—achieving a unified yet exotic sound will not be difficult, although the pieces on the ensemble’s program are far from easy. At the Orpheum Annex on Thursday (March 9), expect to hear John Oliver’s title track, Mark Armanini’s Chinese Poems, and Farshid Samandari’s Breath of Life, among other works that include the world premiere of Marco Bindi’s Hymn to Aphrodite.

What sounds like a sensuous yet challenging program will be further enlivened by the movement stylings of ballet-trained, Beijing-raised Dong Mei, a new arrival in B.C. who’s making quite a splash on the local dance scene.