Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra Celebrates 10th Anniversary

ORCHESTRAL EVOLUTION:

Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra Celebrates 10th Anniversary

with Gala Concert

When: Saturday November 12, 2011 @ 8pm
Where: Norman Rothstein Theatre (950 West 41st Ave., Vancouver BC)
Cost: Tickets ($28/$18) & information: www.vi-co.org

One of the city’s most innovative world music ensembles celebrates a successful first decade on November 12, by doing what it does best: creating and presenting new music by Canadian composers – music that builds bridges between ancient and modern sounds and styles, performed by some of Vancouver’s finest musicians on instruments from all over the world. It’s the grand scale of its artistic vision that has always set the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra apart, so it’s fitting that its 10th anniversary concert will feature the full 24-member ensemble with North Shore-based chamber choir Laudate Singers and Iranian-born tenor soloist Amir Haghighi: 50 musicians in total, who will perform the world premieres of major new pieces by Vancouver composers Jin Zhang, Edward Henderson and Rita Ueda as well as works by Elliot Weisgarber (in a new arrangement by Mark Armanini) and Moshe Denburg.

Orchestral Evolution: Gala 10th Anniversary Concert
With special guests Laudate Singers
Saturday November 12, 2011 at 8:00 pm
Norman Rothstein Theatre (950 West 41st Ave., Vancouver)
Tickets ($28/$18) & information: www.vi-co.org

“On our 10th anniversary, we are reminded of how fortunate we are to have, here in Vancouver, not only a tremendously diverse artistic population but one that is willing to work interculturally,” said VICO co-artistic director Moshe Denburg. “This sincere globalism is what makes our city truly world class.”

This global outlook will certainly be reflected in the featured repertoire for Orchestral Evolution. Edward Henderson’s new work for intercultural orchestra and choir, Drowned Out – a folk tale, is dedicated to the peoples of the Narmada Valley, India, who continue to protest the ongoing construction of the Sardar Sarovar Dam system. It promises to be a moving tribute to the millions of displaced indigenous peoples around the world.

Jin Zhang will take audiences on a journey to Yunnan (a region in southwestern China of extraordinary ethnic and cultural diversity) with his new piece, which grew out of a research trip in 2010, during which he studied the region’s intricate folk music and brought several plucked and percussion instruments back to incorporate into his work.

Also on the programme: Yamato no Haru by seminal intercultural composer Elliot Weisgarber, in a new arrangement for intercultural orchestra by VICO co-artistic director Mark Armanini, the premiere of Prayer, a piece for choir and percussion by Rita Ueda, and Dreams of the Wanderer, a major work for intercultural orchestra, tenor soloist and choir by Moshe Denburg, which incorporates settings of texts in Hebrew, English, Chinese and Farsi.

Orchestral Evolution is the final event in the VICO’s fall “City Full of Sound” series, produced in partnership with the City of Vancouver as a celebration of both the VICO’s 10th anniversary and the city’s 125th. “City Full of Sound” was designed to showcase Vancouver (past and present) as a city of wonderful diversity, a place that is uniquely equipped to foster adventurous cross-cultural collaborations. Only in such a city – one built of immigrant communities who not only tolerate but celebrate each other’s differences, one that is home to a world music scene internationally renowned for its diversity, possessing a deep pool of talent and artistic innovation – could an ensemble like the VICO, Canada’s first and only professional intercultural orchestra, have grown and thrived for ten years and counting.

“City Full of Sound” is presented by the VICO with support from the City of Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary Grants Program.

About the VICO

The VICO, founded in 2001, was one of the first concert orchestras in the world devoted specifically to performing new intercultural music on a grand scale. It is currently the only such professional orchestra in Canada. Described by The Georgia Straight as “music that sounds like Vancouver looks”, the orchestra involves musicians and composers from many cultural and artistic communities in the Lower Mainland including Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese, Indian, Persian (Iranian) and Middle Eastern, Latin and South American, Vietnamese, African, North American and European. The VICO’s programming sheds light on the musical traditions of Canada’s many cultures and the myriad bridges between them. For more information, please visit www.vi-co.org.

About Laudate Singers

Laudate means praise, and for Laudate Singers, every concert is a joyful celebration. Founded in 1995 by current artistic director Lars Kaario, this professional chamber choir skillfully and passionately presents repertoire that spans centuries, cultures and genres. Whether it’s medieval, Baroque, Renaissance, classical, Romantic or contemporary…great choral works of the Western canon or music from the Celtic, South African, Latin American, Chinese, Finnish, Quebecois, or Coast Salish traditions (to name only a few)… Laudate Singers combine technical artistry with the ability to make all kinds of choral music accessible, and the final result is always luminous and transcendent. www.laudatesingers.com

About Amir Haghighi (featured tenor soloist)

Amir Haghighi was born and raised in Tehran, Iran, and grew up singing traditional Persian music. Amir has appeared at the Vancouver International Folk Festival, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Vancouver International Children’s Festival, the Chan Centre, the Vancouver Sacred Music Festival, Global Discoveries Festival, Inter-spiritual Chantfest, Persian Cultural Conferences and events in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Seattle, Geneva, Paris, Amsterdam, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. Featured as a soloist and composer in the award-winning Canadian documentary “Music for a New World”, Amir’s musical inspiration comes mainly from the spiritual, mystical elements of the great mystical Persian poets: Rumi, Hafiz, Saadi and others. Through his singing, Amir communicates the passion of life in all its joy, and sadness… he crosses every cultural boundary and goes straight to the heart.

Media Contact:
Mary Kastle, Publicity Coordinator
604-889-3207 or mary@vi-co.org
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For more information, please visit: http://www.vi-co.org/

Classical Meets Intercultural: Orchestra Armonia with VICO

Classical Meets Intercultural: Orchestra Armonia with VICO

When: Sunday, October 16, 2011 @ 7:30pm
Where: Ryerson United Church (2195 West 45th Ave., Vancouver BC)
Cost: $25 / $15 here or via 778-881-5499

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In the second event of the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra’s “City Full of Sound” series, VICO musicians Yun Song (erhu), Charlie Lui (dizi), Yu-Chen Wang (zheng), Lan Tung (erhu) and Jonathan Bernard (percussion) will join acclaimed string ensemble Orchestra Armonia for an innovative evening of classical music with an intercultural slant. The programme will include pieces by Vancouver composers Mark Armanini, Jung Sen Tung, Dorothy Chang and Lan Tung.

“Vancouver’s 125th birthday is the perfect moment to celebrate our city’s multifaceted Asian heritage with a collaboration between the VICO and Orchestra Armonia,” says conductor John van Deursen. This joint concert is designed to build bridges: between ancient and modern sounds and styles…between the classical musical traditions of Europe and China… between two very different ensembles that share an affinity for Asian music and a propensity for taking artistic risks.

Erhu virtuoso Yun Song, a first place winner in China’s national erhu competition in 1983, will join the 13-member Orchestra Armonia for Night Bird Singing, a concerto for erhu and strings by Vancouver composer and VICO co-Artistic Director Mark Armanini. Armanini has been working with Song to develop a new approach to the erhu, pushing at the boundaries of traditional styles and techniques and expanding the possibilities of the instrument.

The dizi (Chinese bamboo flute), played by Charlie Lui, will be the featured instrument in Spring Awakening at Mount Yangming by Vancouver-based Taiwanese composer Jung Sen Tung. Originally composed in the 1960s, the piece became famous when it was used as the theme of a popular daily TV show in Taiwan. Conductor John van Deursen was given special permission to orchestrate an accompaniment for string orchestra.

Lan Tung (erhu), Yu-Chen Wang (zheng) and Jonathan Bernard (percussion), well known in world music circles as Orchid Ensemble, will perform From a Dream by Dorothy Chang. Rounding out the programme are two works for string orchestra, Memories of HengChun by Bao Yuan Kai (China) and Fuga by Fou Tong Huang (Taiwan).

Finally, all five VICO musicians and Orchestra Armonia will join forces on Ba Ban Variations by Lan Tung, an original work written for improvising musicians. Inspired by Ba Ban or Eight Phrases, the root of hundreds of pieces in traditional Chinese repertoire, the piece explores the contrasts between tonalities and genres. It embodies the paradox of many opposite characters: chromatic and pentatonic passages, composed and improvised materials, contemporary and traditional forms…and as such, is a fitting showcase for the ground-breaking collaboration of Classical Meets Intercultural.

“City Full of Sound” is presented by the VICO with support from the City of Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary Grants Program. We are also grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts, the BC Arts Council, the SOCAN Foundation, Hamber Foundation and OMNI Diversity Television for their support of these events.

Yu-Chen Wang’s residency with Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra is sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts.

About Orchestra Armonia
Orchestra Armonia is comprised of fresh and enthusiastic young professional string players. Basing its core repertoire on the string classics, Orchestra Armonia’s style is eclectic and wide-ranging. Conductor John Van Deursen has been the Principal Guest Conductor of the Taipei Philharmonic and has led that orchestra in the prestigious Prague Spring Festival, as well as in Stockholm, Helsinki, and Taipei, Taiwan. John has led the National Symphony of Taiwan as guest conductor, and will appear with the Prince George Symphony in 2012. He is currently Head of Instrumental Ensembles at Douglas College and teaches at UBC. www.orchestra-armonia.com
October 16, 2011
7:30 pm

City Full of Sound: VICO Launches 10th Anniversary Season

City Full of Sound: VICO Launches 10th Anniversary Season

The VICO celebrates a decade of creating and performing ground-breaking new Canadian music this fall, with a multifaceted concert series called “City Full of Sound: the Music of Intercultural Vancouver” that features world premieres by composers Edward Henderson, Rita Ueda and Jin Zhang, with special guests Orchestra Armonia and Laudate Singers.

Intercultural Vancouver in Music & Pictures
Tuesday October 11, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver)
FREE Admission

An informal lecture-performance event featuring VICO musicians, illustrating – via short works for solo, duo, and trio – some of the musical traditions that make up Vancouver’s cultural fabric. The presentation includes an overview of the history of intercultural music in Vancouver, and a photo exhibit celebrating BC’s pioneering inter- and multi-cultural composers in classical music.

Classical Meets Intercultural: VICO and Orchestra Armonia
Sunday October 16, 2011 at 7:30 pm
Ryerson United Church (2195 West 45th Ave., Vancouver)
Tickets ($25/$15) available here

A co-production with Orchestra Armonia and artistic director John van Deursen, this performance sees VICO musicians joining the 13- member string ensemble for a programme of classical music with an intercultural slant.

Orchestral Evolution: Gala 10th Anniversary Concert
With special guests Laudate Singers
Saturday November 12, 2011 at 8:00 pm
Norman Rothstein Theatre (950 West 41st Ave., Vancouver)
Tickets ($18/$28) available here

This concert features the full 24-member VICO plus choir (50 musicians in total), and focuses on large-scale works, including a new arrangement of Elliot Weisgarber’s Yamato no Haru by Mark Armanini, Dreams of the Wanderer by Moshe Denburg, and the world premieres of major new pieces by Jin Zhang, Edward Henderson and Rita Ueda.

The VICO will also be hosting a Fundraising Gala, “Flavour Fling! An evening of Music and Food Fusion” on Friday November 4, 2011 at 7pm, at SFU Woodwards World Art Studio (149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver) (tickets $50, available here).  Guests will enjoy pairings of inter-cultural inspired tapas with short performances by select VICO ensembles, along with a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and more…all in support of the VICO’s ongoing programming.

“City Full of Sound”, produced in partnership with the City of Vancouver as a celebration of both the VICO’s 10th anniversary and the city’s 125th, is designed to showcase Vancouver (past and present) as a city of wonderful diversity, a place that is uniquely equipped to foster adventurous cross-cultural collaborations. Only in such a city – one built of immigrant communities who not only tolerate but celebrate each other’s differences, one that is home to a world music scene internationally renowned for its diversity, possessing a deep pool of talent and artistic innovation – could an ensemble like the VICO, Canada’s first and only professional intercultural orchestra, have grown and thrived for ten years and counting.  The various events of “City Full of Sound” will be a fitting celebration of that spirit.

“City Full of Sound” is presented by the VICO with support from the City of Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary Grants Program.

Culture Days Score Reading Club

Culture Days Score Reading Club

When: Saturday, October 1, 2011 @ 10am – 12pm
Where: CMC BC Region, BC Creative Hub (837 Davie Street, Vancouver BC)
Cost: FREE for all to attend!

 UPDATE: We are excited to announce that coffee and snacks will be provided, courtesy of BG Urban Cafe (located at Davie & Hornby)!!

A Special Weekend Edition of the Score Reading Club for Culture Days 2011!
As usual, the Score Reading Club is FREE to attend, and this meeting will feature FOUR distinguished presenters.

Discover gems you may not know, hear something new, and engage in dialogue about the works.
Composer Jennifer Butler will present a classic Canadian work, R. Murray Schafer‘s And Wolf Shall Inherit the Moon. Composer Michael Conway Baker will present Swiss composer Frank Martin‘s Petite Symphonie Concertante, a wonderful work for the unusual combination of piano, harpsichord, harp and string orchestra. Also featured will be two works to be presented by the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO) and Orchestra Armonia at their October 16th concert. VICO Co-Artistic Directors Mark Armanini and Moshe Denburg will present Baban Variations by Lan Tung, and Mark Armanini‘s Night Bird Singing.

At the SRC, we collectively look at scores, listen to the music and discuss the works. Please note that no music-reading skills are necessary to enjoy the session. Everyone is welcome!

UPDATE: We are excited to announce that Coffee and snacks provided, courtesy of BG Urban Cafe (located at Davie & Hornby)!!

 

October 1, 2011
10:00 amto12:00 pm

Music for Voice & Guitar

Music for Voice & Guitar

When: Sunday, July 17, 2011 @ 4pm
Where: Canadian Music Centre BC Region (837 Davie Street, Vancouver BC)
Cost: Free Admission

Performer:
William George, tenor
Michael Strutt, guitar

Program:
John DowlandCome Again, If My Complaints
Elliott CarterTell Me Where Is Fancy Bred
John BeckwithSongs from Volpone
Rachel LaurinFantasie
Mark ArmaniniSweet Darkness
Alec RothChinese Gardens
Dominic ArgentoLetters from Composers (selections)
Lou Warde2 Songs about Nothing
Banning Eyre (arr. Strutt) – Isigingci – Out of Africa
Priaulx RainierDance of the Rain

 

 

June 17, 2011
4:00 pm

SONIC BOOM FESTIVAL

SONIC BOOM FESTIVAL

of new music

March 24 – 27, 2011
THE WESTERN FRONT
303 E 8TH AVE, VANCOUVER

COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE: R. MURRAY SCHAFER
ENSEMBLE IN RESIDENCE: STANDING WAVE
FEATURED ENSEMBLE: NU:BC COLLECTIVE
GUEST ARTIST: RACHEL KIYO IWAASA
PLENARY LECTURER: DR. ANDREW SCHLOSS
Tickets: $25 regular / $15 students, seniors and artists
Festival Pass: $60
Available at the door, cash only

Schedule of Events

Thursday, March 24, 7:30PM
Lafayette String Quartet, other artists

Mark Armanini Two Songs / Same Lyric
Annette Brosin Impacts
Craig Day
* Musaic
Moshe Denburg
* Bright Red Ruby
Elizabeth Knudson
P’tits chansons d’amour
James O’Callaghan
ACT! A setting of the USA Patriot Act
R Murray Schafer
* String Quartet No. 11
Chris Sivak
Jazz Surgery
Joël Tibbits
* A Membrane of Flight

(more…)

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