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Future in Past


Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble Future in Past ~ In the end, there was luminescence ~
Sunday, May 7, 2017 – 7:30 pm Norman Rothstein Theatre (950 West 41st Ave) Tickets $20 general, $10 seniors & students Online at or at the door (box office opens at 6:30 pm)
Vancouver Chinese Instrumental Music Society presents Future in Past, a rare showcase of Chinese music through millennia, from 7th century Tang dynasty to 1930’s Shanghai, to the present and beyond. The concert program features exclusive performance of rarely heard ancient tunes as well as the world premiere of a chamber opera by Alan Lau, based on poetry by Sophi Liang. Future in Past will be held at 7:30 pm at the Norman Rothstein Theatre on Sunday, May 7, 2017.
Future In Past will be performed by the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble featuring Jirong Huang (erhu), Yifei Hu (dizi), Zhongxi Wu (sheng), Sarah Tan (guzheng), Ling Yang (pipa), Qing Chang (sanxian), Bo Peng (cello), and Bruce Henczel (percussion) with guest artists, Lili Lau (vocals), Sylwia Karwowska (vocals) and Carrie Lee (dance). In a bold move, carefully reconstructed period pieces are juxtaposed with new innovative compositions. This concert will feature a special type of nanyin instruments on loan from ethnomusicologist, Dr. Alan Thrasher.
Composer, painter and scholar Alan Lau has collaborated with the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble on several projects including Autumn Flight (2014) and Sino-Electric Explorations (2015). The UBC Music Composition graduate is currently on the editorial board of the journal, Asian Musicology and is the coauthor/assistant editor of international research projects, including Qupai in Chinese Music (Routledge, 2016) and The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Music.
Formed in 1989, the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble is the first professional Chinese music organization established in Canada. The Ensemble consists of highly accomplished instrumentalists who combine technical mastery with a passionate approach to music. Based in Vancouver, BC, they continue to inspire contemporary compositions and interdisciplinary projects for Chinese instruments in Canada.
For more information please contact:
Vancouver Chinese Instrumental Music Society 604 683 8240

The presenters gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Vancouver through Cultural Services, the Province of BC through Community Gaming Grants, and explorASIAN.