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843 Seymour St
Vancouver, British Columbia

“From A Dream” Vancouver’s JUNO-nominated Orchid Ensemble. Performs Distinctive Repertoire for Hometown AudienceSunday, February 8th at 2:00 p.m. at Pyatt Hall (843 Seymour St.)

tickets: $20 regular, $15 students/seniors/children or at the door

Vancouver’s JUNO-nominated Orchid Ensemble presents “From A Dream” for an early celebration of the 2015 Chinese New Year on Sunday, February 8th at 2:00 p.m. at Pyatt Hall. The acclaimed ensemble will present works composed by Vancouver’s Dorothy Chang, Jin Zhang and Lan Tung, an eclectic program of new and past commissions from Canadian composers and unique interpretations of traditional Chinese music.

Drawing audiences to over 70 international performances a year, the Orchid Ensemble is renowned for transforming its Chinese roots and breaking down boundaries between musical genres. Artistic director Lan Tung (erhu/Chinese violin and vocals) and Jonathan Bernard (marimba and percussion) are residents of East Vancouver. The ensemble also includes Yuchen Wang (zheng/Chinese zither) and Jin Zhang (composer/conductor) who will conduct the Hua Yi Choir to perform his piece, Fire.

Known for taking ingredients from Chinese, Indian, Jewish, and Central Asian music, and reconstructing them within a contemporary framework and adding spirited improvisation, Orchid Ensemble takes audiences on unexpected musical journeys.

This upcoming performance showcases a distinctive repertoire, including Dorothy Chang’s From a Dream, depicting the fast-moving clouds over the peaks of China’s famous Yellow Mountain. Also featured is Farshid Samandari’s Ghosts of the Living, describing characters who breathe, act and haunt the well-being of others as ghosts; Jin Zhang’s No Rush, exploring contrasts such as tenderness and strength, and forcefulness and tranquility; Zhang’s Fire, describing the great fire that destroyed Nanaimo Chinatown in 1960; and Lan Tung’s award-winning Dancing Moon, taking the inspiration of a Chinese folk melody with influences of Indian and Balkan rhythms. Traditional repertoire includes the fiery music of the Uygurs (northwestern China), the haunting Yunan folk song (southwestern China), and the famous erhu solo Listening to the Pines (Ting Song).

Orchid Ensemble will also be hosting Jin Zhang’s composer residency with a SOCAN Foundation Grant during the concert week. On Thursday, February 5th at 7:30pm, Jin will give a free talk about his music at the Canadian Music Centre at 837 Davie Street, Vancouver.

The concert is co-presented with the Sound of Dragon Society and funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, City of Vancouver, and the SOCAN Foundation.