Concert Archive – 2016

Smooth as Silk: VICO at Sound of Dragon Music Festival

April 22, 2016 at 7 pm – Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver)

An all-Canadian programme that showcases traditional Chinese and Vietnamese instruments (sheng, zheng, erhu, sanxian and danbau): world premieres by Owen Underhill, Christopher Reiche, Farshid Samandari and Mark Armanini, performed by an intercultural string orchestra under the baton of guest conductor Chih-Sheng Chen. Also on the bill: Suite Vancouver by Janet Danielson and Jubilant Red by Jeffrey Ryan.


Musical Mornings in the Gallery: the Orchid Ensemble

April 19, 2016 at 10:30 am
Gordon Smith Gallery
2121 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver

VICO presents the Juno Award-nominated Orchid Ensemble featuring Lan Tung (erhu), Jonathan Bernard (percussion) and Dailin Hsieh (zheng) in a vibrant display of contemporary Canadian intercultural music.


Mystics & Lovers Album Release Party
Sunday September 25, 2016
2:00 – 4:00 pm
West Vancouver Memorial Library
1950 Marine Dr., West Vancouver
FREE Admission

Join us for a fun and festive get-together to launch Mystics & Lovers, a new album of choral intercultural music jointly recorded by VICO & Laudate Singers, featuring works by Moshe Denburg and Farshid Samandari. September 25th is also the VICO’s 15th birthday! We will celebrate with music, mingling, and treats.

Library Series: Music of the Whole World

Saturday October 1, 2016
1:00 – 3:00 pm
North Vancouver Public Library
120 14th St. West, North Vancouver
FREE Admission

VICO celebrates Culture Days Across Canada in North Vancouver! Musicians Sina Ettehad (kamanche), Lan Tung (erhu) & Jonathan Bernard (percussion) will introduce their instruments and play selections of traditional and intercultural music.

Thursday November 10, 2016
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Vancouver Public Library Central Branch
350 Georgia St., Vancouver
FREE Admission

Hosted by the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, virtuoso guest soloists Bic Hoang (dan bau) and Van Anh (Vanessa) Vo (dan tranh), will introduce their instruments and perform selections of traditional and contemporary Vietnamese music.

UBC Noon-Hour Recital
Wednesday November 9, 2016
12:00 – 1:00 pm
UBC School of Music
FREE Admission for UBC School of Music students; $5 at the door for general public

Traditional Vietnamese music, performed by visiting guest artist Van Anh Vo (dan tranh) and Vancouver-based virtuoso Bic Hoang (dan bau).


Bamboo: Vietnamese & Intercultural Fusions
Saturday November 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm
The Orpheum Annex
823 Seymour St., Vancouver
Tickets $30 / $20

The first large-scale concert of our 2016/17 season, will feature the 15-member VICO with virtuoso solo performers on Vietnamese traditional instruments: Bic Hoang (dan bau, one string zither monochord) and Van-Anh Vo (dan tranh, a 16-string zither, and dan t’rung, a bamboo xylophone). The repertoire will include: the Canadian premiere of a work by Vietnamese composer Tran Manh Hung for traditional chamber quintet (erhu, dan tranh, flute and zuan); the Canadian premiere of Scent of Spring by Khac Chi; the Canadian premiere of a work by Vietnamese/American composer and performer Van-Anh Vo for dan tranh and intercultural chamber orchestra; a new work, The River of Memories, for dan bau and intercultural chamber orchestra by Bic Hoang; a new compilation of intercultural folk song arrangements for the VICO by Mark Armanini; a piece by emerging composer Jessica Hua, developed through the VICO’s Sounds Global Composers’ Workshop; and selected Vietnamese traditional and folk songs. Also featured: The Bành Mì Barbershop Quartet (Jeremy Truong, Trieu Mai, Dan Nguyen, Thai-Hoa Le).

Special House Concert: Intimate Sounds of Vietnam
Sunday November 13, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Notional Space
1523 East Pender St., Vancouver
Tickets $50 (includes tax receipt for $20)

Experience the talents of virtuoso soloists Bic Hoang (dan bau) and Van-Anh Vo (dan tranh) up close and personal, in the uniquely intimate atmosphere of a house concert.