Silk Road Music, Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra & Friends
Saturday December 2, 8pm
“Both Silk Road and VICO have been on the front lines of multiculturalism in BC and across Canada, fostering cross-cultural collaboration and communication through music,” says VICO Artistic Director Mark Armanini. “We see ourselves as showcasing a new kind of Canadian identity, one that is diverse and inclusive, yes, but organically so. It grows out of the concrete, painstaking, day-to-day work of building relationships between people and communities, and finding creative ways to talk to each other and work together.”
THREAD promises to be an intercultural and multidisciplinary tour de force, featuring traditional and modern Chinese and intercultural repertoire, operatic song, and ecstatic contemporary dance, all in the intimate atmosphere of the Orpheum Annex. THREAD showcases a virtuosic who’s who of Vancouver-based performers, under the baton of conductor Janna Sailor: Qiu Xia He (pipa), André Thibault (guitar and oud), Yun Song (erhu), Zhimin Yu (ruan), Jill Russell (flute), Laurence Mollerup, (bass), Liam MacDonald (percussion), and members of the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra on violin, viola, cello, oboe, clarinet, French horn, and harp. Vocals will be provided by Feng Jun Wang and Willy Miles with UBC a cappella group The Undeclared Majors. Also featured will be renowned dancer Wen Wei Wang. The program includes new arrangements created especially for Thread by several remarkable Canadian composers: Alain Mayrand, Ron Hadley, Farshid Samandari, Jin Zhang, and Mark Armanini.