From A Dream
The JUNO nominated Orchid Ensemble produces "From A Dream" for an early celebration of the 2015 Chinese New Year, with an eclectic program of both new and past commissions from Canadian composers, as well as unique interpretation of traditional Chinese music. Written for its unique instrumentation of the erhu/Chinese violin, voice, zheng/Chinese zither, and a wide array of percussion instruments, these pieces represent the vast range of styles in the ensemble's repertoire, displaying the maturity of an ensemble of 18 years.
Dorothy Chang composed From a Dream for the Orchid Ensemble in 2010, depicting the fast moving clouds over the peaks atop the famous Yellow Mountain in China. Farshid Samandari' Ghosts of the Living
The ensemble will perform two pieces by Jin Zhang. No Rush is an exploration of contrasts, moving between tenderness and strength, forcefulness and tranquility. Fire describes the great fire that destroyed Nanaimo Chinatown in 1960, causing the community to disburse but at the same time to re-generate in new communities in other parts of BC. Lan Tung's Dancing Moon takes the inspiration of a Chinese folk melody with influences of Indian and Balkan rhythms in different sections. It won the Eclectic Song of the 12th International Independent Music Awards. Traditional repertoire includes the fiery music of the Uygurs (northwestern China), the haunting Yunan folk song (southwestern China), and the famous erhu solo Listening to the Pines (Ting Song).
Although in diverse styles, this repertoire demonstrates a contrasting nature that is the fundamental character of all forms of Chinese arts: yin and yang, the two principals in the universal process of transformation. Water vs. fire, tenderness vs. strength, ghosts vs. the living, and serene scenery vs. ancient battlefield, they capture the image of a multifaceted ensemble that continues to transform and renew itself.
843 Seymour St (VSO School of Music) 2nd floor
Vancouver, BC V6B 3L4
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