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The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra
The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra is a professional concert orchestra devoted specifically to performing new intercultural music on a grand scale. Founded in 2001, it was one of the first such ensembles in the world, and is currently the only one of its kind in Canada. The VICO’s core roster consists of 24 musicians, some of whom are trained in the Western (European) classical tradition, while others are performers in the musical traditions of cultures from all over the world (Asian, African, East Indian and Middle Eastern, among others). The VICO’s composers and musicians are on the cutting edge, writing and performing the Canadian music of the future. VICO’s mission is to be a fresh and relevant voice in the contemporary music of our country...a creative force for innovation, diversity and understanding.
What Audiences Are Saying:
"...beautiful music and performed so exquisitely..."
"...a remarkable display of cultural diversity and unity (...). What an important resource and example for our community and beyond."
"...innovative and interesting music, not quite what I was expecting but challenging and exciting!"
"...hugely inspiring and a wonderful testament to the glorious places humans can grow toward."
THE LONGING SKY in the Media
Our upcoming concert series THE LONGING SKY is in the news! Thanks to publicist Helen Yagi and the lovely folks at these media outlets for their interest.
The Georgia Straight: preview article (including an interview with Dhruba Ghosh) by Alex Varty
Dhrishti Point (Vancouver Co-op Radio): interview with Dhruba Ghosh
Also, tune into CBC Radio One on Thursday Nov. 20th at 7:50 am to hear an interview with Dhruba Ghosh on The Early Edition...and look for PSAs on OMNI Diversity Television (channel 8 in Vancouver) and print ads in The Link, the Vancouver Courier and The Georgia Straight in the week of Nov. 18-22.
VICO Announces 2013-2014 Season
For Immediate Release - August 20, 2013
Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra Announces 12th Season
Vancouver, BC - The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra is proud to announce a programme of events for 2013-2014 that more than lives up to the ensemble's reputation for musical eclecticism, and showcases its unique ability to make the innovative accessible. First up this fall is The Longing Sky Project, in which the VICO (in collaboration with Caravan World Rhythms) hosts international guest stars Dhruba Ghosh and Harrie Starreveld for a series of workshops, recitals and educational presentations that will culminate in the world premiere of Moshe Denburg's double concerto for sarangi, shakuhachi and intercultural orchestra. Next, in spring 2014 the VICO is proud to be one of several organizations co-presenting Sound of Dragon, a new festival celebrating Chinese music in all its diverse forms. Other events and educational programs are still being confirmed, including performances by the VICO Small Ensemble, workshops for student composers ("VICO in the Schools") and the ensemble's annual "Music of the Whole World" series. Overall, the 2013-2014 season promises to further the VICO's continuing quest to develop and present new fusion music on a global scale, and to create opportunities for many listeners to see and hear music that truly reflects the amazing diversity of our city, our province and our country.