JUN 09, 2024 | HISTORIC THEATRE

BC Chinese Music Ensemble

with Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra of Taiwan

Presented by: The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra

JUN 09, 2024 | HISTORIC THEATRE

BC Chinese Music Ensemble
With members of Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra
Chih-Sheng Chen, conductor

The Festival closes with a matinee performance featuring the BC Chinese Music Ensemble with international guests Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra. The BCCME is unique in Canada as a large traditional music ensemble capable of playing demanding contemporary work alongside the classics of Chinese traditional music. Formed in 2002, the BCCME’s mission is to present performances of the very best music by the finest Chinese professional composers and musicians. The BCCME performers are graduates from renowned music academies and experienced soloists and leaders of the top national and provincial orchestras and troupes in China and North America.

FEATURED ENSEMBLES
BC Chinese Ensemble (BCCME) is the professional subsidiary of the BC Chinese Music Association (BCCMA), the largest and most active Chinese music organization in North America. The BCCME is unique in Canada as a large traditional music ensemble capable of playing demanding contemporary work alongside the classics of Chinese traditional music. Formed in 2002, the BCCME’s mission is to present performances of the very best music by the finest Chinese professional composers and musicians. The BCCME performers are graduates from renowned music academies and experienced soloists and leaders of the top national and provincial orchestras and troupes in China and North America. The ensemble is led by Maestro Rui-Shi Zhuo, former resident conductor of the Shanghai National Orchestra. One of the many featured soloists is Gui-Lian Liu, pipa master and former associate professor in the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing. Many members of the BCCME have also performed many Canadian compositions in small ensembles such as Silk Road Music, Orchid Ensemble, Red Chamber Ensemble, the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Radio Orchestra, and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Major appearances include at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Vancouver Folk Music Festival and many others across North America, Europe and Asia. Their performances and recordings have been broadcasted on CBC Radio and on National Public Radio (NPR) in the US. https://www.bccma.net/association-2/our-ensembles/bccme/

Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra
The Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra (“LGCCO”) was founded in 2000 by its artistic director and conductor Chih-Sheng Chen. A strong musical force in Taiwan, it represents a new generation of Chinese orchestral music. It strives to demonstrate the energy, passion, and proficiency of its dedicated musicians with every performance. The LGCCO breathes new life into an art form that holds ancient roots,  and devotes itself to promoting Chinese music on the world stage. Since 2002, the LGCCO has been producing the series “Generations”, “Silk & Bamboo Chamber Music”, and “The Young Masters”. It currently offers a full season of approximately sixty concerts a year at the most prestigious venues in Taiwan, presenting both the full orchestra of over one hundred musicians and smaller chamber ensembles throughout the year. In recent years, the orchestra has presented large-scale interdisciplinary projects, combining theatre and multimedia with orchestral music. In addition, the LGCCO regularly presents educational performances, introducing thousands of young audiences to Chinese music. The LGCCO has toured throughout China. Its international appearances include multiple tours in Europe, Asia, and North America. The LGCCO has collaborated with numerous international soloists and ensembles, including Amsterdam’s Nieuw Ensemble (2014) and Canada’s Turning Point Ensemble (2018). It has commissioned and premiered new works from composers from China, Singapore, Holland, Korea, Mexico, US, Canada, and Finland.

Chih-Sheng Chen is active on the international stage as a conductor, educator, and arts administrator, crossing between the disciplines of Chinese music, cross-cultural music, and contemporary music, in both orchestral and chamber music settings. Chen founded the Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra (LGCCO) in Taiwan in 2000. He has produced/conducted close to one thousand concerts, including the LGCCO’s national and international tours and a full season at the most prestigious venues in Taiwan. He has been a guest conductor in the Netherlands, Singapore, Canada, United States, and China. Chen holds a master degree in conducting from Taiwan’s Fu Jen Catholic University and a Ph. D from the Institute of Microbiology and Biochemistry of the National Taiwan University.

LgCCO ensemble members:
Yu-Jie Lai – Dizi
Sheng-Yu Huang – Sheng
Hsin-Yi Lin – Liuqin/Ruan
Yun-Ju Hsieh – Yangqi
Pei-Ling Chang – Pipa
Hsin-Yi Ho – Guzheng
Chung-Ting Tsai – Erhu

Showtimes & Dates

June 9th, 2024 at 3:00pm

Ticket Info

Reserved seating.

General: $40
Student: $30
Senior: $30

About the Festival

About the Festival
The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra’s Global Soundscapes Festival presents four days of adventurous classical and world music – a rich feast of sounds & rhythms from Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Canada. Festival concerts will showcase outstanding local musicians alongside acclaimed national and international guest ensembles.

Featured acts include Vancouver’s own Zeellia (Slavic soul music), Borderland (Indian + Persian traditional instruments), the BC Chinese Music Ensemble, and the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra; Montreal’s Mativetsky, Amiri & Pagé (tabla, santur & harp), and Taiwan’s Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra (conducted by Chih-Sheng Chen).

In the intimate atmosphere of the Historic Theatre at the Cultch, audiences can expect to see and hear many virtuoso performers playing instruments from different cultures, rarely seen together on the same stage. The Festival offers a beautifully diverse sound palette and a range of innovative, inspiring approaches to making music that transcends borders.

With gratitude to our funders & partners:
The Canada Council for the Arts Department of Canadian Heritage
City of Vancouver Cultural Services
Hamber Foundation
SOCAN Foundation
Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra
Taiwan National Culture & Arts Foundation
Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government
The Sylvia Hotel

Venue Location

HISTORIC THEATRE
1895 Venables St.
Vancouver BC

Box Office Hours

Phone: 604-251-1363

Monday 12–6pm
Tuesday through Saturday 12–4pm

Open 1 hour prior to every show