In 2017/18, the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra celebrates its 16th season with a smorgasbord of concerts, chamber recitals, workshops for musicians and composers, free educational presentations, acclaimed guest soloists, and more. Audiences will experience Canadian music that is both rooted in ancient traditions and excitingly fresh to the ear; music that draws on the poetic best of many cultures, and builds bridges of imagination and communication between them.

In addition to the following concerts & other events, the VICO offers an annual slate of educational programs, including workshops for composers and other activities. Visit the Education page for details!

FEATURED CONCERTS & FESTIVAL

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VICO & Sound of Dragon Society present

Strings Attached

Sunday Feb. 11, 2018 @ 3:30 pm

The Orpheum Annex, Vancouver
823 Seymour St. (2nd Level)
Tickets $30 / $19.99 / $15 on sale now

 

Ever wondered what a cello octet might sound like? Interested in string instruments and music from different cultures? This recital is for you! We are pleased to be co-presenting with Sound of Dragon Society, and to feature Bo Peng (cello), Cellissimo, Lan Tung (erhu) & the talented young string players of the Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra, conducted by Jonathan Der. The repertoire will include Goldfish by Mark Armanini, Ziggurat no. 2 by Farshid Samandari, Flower Bloom & Fall by Bruce Bai, Bachianas Brasileiras no. 1 by Hector Villa-Lobos, and two pieces by Lan Tung: Double Happiness and From the Stars. More details available here

 

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Sounds Global in Concert: North Vancouver Edition

Friday March 9, 2018

St. Andrew’s United Church, North Vancouver
Tickets $25/$15

 

This is chamber music with a colourful fusion twist: chamber ensembles of VICO musicians performing repertoire that weaves together many different world music traditions, including the world premieres of new pieces by emerging Canadian composers (developed through the VICO’s 2017-18 Sounds Global Composers’ Workshop). Featuring: Yun Song (erhu), Saina Khaledi (santur), Navid Goldrick (oud), Sarah Kwok (viola), Milan Milosevic (clarinet/tárogatò) and Finn Manniche (cello).

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Sounds Global in Concert: Surrey Edition

Saturday March 17, 2018

Surrey Arts Centre – Studio Theatre
Tickets $25/$15

 

This is chamber music with a colourful fusion twist: chamber ensembles of VICO musicians performing repertoire that weaves together many different world music traditions, including the world premieres of new pieces by emerging Canadian composers (developed through the VICO’s 2017-18 Sounds Global Composers’ Workshop). Featuring: Yun Song (erhu), Saina Khaledi (santur), Navid Goldrick (oud), Sarah Kwok (viola), and Finn Manniche (cello).

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Global Soundscapes Festival 2018: Notes From the Araxes Basin II

June 18-29, 2018

Various venues 
Tickets $25/$15

 

The 2018 edition of our Global Soundscapes Festival will showcase the instruments and traditions of Azerbaijan, Iran, and other world cultures, and explore the intersection of these with Canadian cultures through the creation & performance of intercultural music. Notes From The Araxes Basin II will present international guests (Elshan Mansurov, kamanche; Elchin Nagijev, tar; Kiya Tabassian, setar; and John Zoltek, conductor) alongside Vancouver musicians (Hossein Behroozinia, barbat; Hamin Honari, tombak), guest ensembles (Vashaan Persian Ensemble, Borealis String Quartet) and composers (Kiya Tabassian, Faranois Nurulla-Khoia, Ali Rasmy, Farshid Samandari and Mark Armanini) in a series of concerts, workshops and public educational presentations, held over the course of 10 days in June 2018, in Vancouver, North and West Vancouver, and Surrey. More details coming soon!

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Acknowledgements

We extend grateful thanks to the following funders & partners, for their support of our 2017/2018 programming: