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Sound of Dragon Ensemble & Melody of China
The Western Front
Vancouver, BC
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Sound of Dragon Ensemble & Melody of China
Celebrating Vancouver Asian Heritage Month, The Sound of Dragon Ensemble (Vancouver) and Melody of China (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 (US/Taiwan), along with works by Mark Armanini, Ali Razmi, and Lan Tung. Featuring soloists Yangqin Zhao (yangqin/Chinese hammered dulcimer) and Gangqin Zhao (zheng/Chinese zither), this concert marks Melody of Chinas 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 (erhu), Lan Tung (erhu & voice), Marina Hasselberg (cell), Charlie Lui (dizi), Mark McGregor (flute), Itamar Erez (guitar), Zhimin Yu (ruan), and Jonathan Bernard (percussion). Welcoming back guest conductor Chih Sheng Chen (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.


Sound of Dragon Ensemble
a unified yet exotic sound  Georgia Straight, 2017
Established in 2015 and debuted at the 2016 Sound of Dragon Music Festival, the Sound of Dragon Ensemble brings together some of the most skillful Vancouver musicians from both the east and the west: Nicole Li (erhu), Lan Tung (erhu & voice), Marina Hasselberg (cell), Charlie Lui (dizi), Mark McGregor (flute), Itamar Erez (guitar), Zhimin Yu (ruan), and Jonathan Bernard (percussion). This instrumentation has been carefully selected by pairing Chinese and western instruments in the families of the winds, plucked strings and bowed strings, completed by a collection of percussion instruments from both the east and the west. Its repertoire includes works by Canadian, US, Taiwanese, Chinese, Italian, and UK composers.

Melody of China
Described as innovative and dazzling by the San Francisco Chronicle, Melody of China, based in San Francisco, is the premiere Chinese music ensemble in the United States. The organization was formed in 1993 by a group of professional musicians graduated from some of the most prestigious music conservatories in China. To date, the ensemble has commissioned over 40 works by 20 American and Chinese composers. Melody of China has been guest artists with the Berlin Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony, and it has performed at New Yorks Lincoln Center, the Chicago World Music Festival, the Lotus Festival, and the Chicago Jazz Festival. Led by the artistic director Yangqin Zhao (yangqin/Chinese hammered dulcimer), the ensemble has a two-fold mission: to promote Chinese classical, folk, and contemporary music; and to enrich the cultural landscape on the Westcoast through the synergy between an ancient tradition and youthful multi-faceted American culture. The ensembles diverse projects included collaborations with dance companies, the Earplay Ensemble, erhu virtuoso Jiebing Chen, and jazz pioneers Francis Wong, Jon Jang, Marcus Shelby and Deszon Claiborne. In addition, Melody of China is dedicated to arts education and conducts numerous classes and workshops for all ages. Melody of China is a partner with the SF Symphonys Adventures in Music program (AIM).


The Western Front (View)
303 East 8 Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5T 1S1


Arts > Performance
Music > Classical
Music > World

Minimum Age: 5
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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