JUN 06, 2024 | HISTORIC THEATRE

Zeellia & Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra of Taiwan

Presented by: The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra

JUN 06, 2024 | HISTORIC THEATRE

Double bill:
Zeellia (Vancouver)

Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra (Taipei)

The Festival opens with a continent-spanning double bill! Vancouver’s Zeellia combines the powerful, piercing harmonies and mournful, minor key melodies of Slavic folk music with a modern artist’s approach to arranging, sung both a capella and with bass, violin, accordion, and hurdy gurdy accompaniment. Then, the Festival’s featured international guest ensemble, Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra, takes the stage under the baton of founding artistic director Chih-Sheng Chen. A strong musical force in Taiwan, LgCCO represents a new generation of Chinese orchestral music, demonstrating the energy, passion, and proficiency of its dedicated musicians with every performance. The ensembl breathes new life into an art form that holds ancient roots,  and devotes itself to promoting Chinese music on the world stage.

Zeellia

Born out of the Ukrainian cultural revival that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union; nurtured during Vancouver’s global music “golden age” in the early 90s; and recently revived in conjunction with a renewed fight to protect Ukrainian independence, Vancouver’s Zeellia has been at the forefront of a global Ukrainian cultural Renaissance for more than 20 years.  Founded and fronted by Beverly Dobrinsky, the ensemble returned after an extended absence with a new album titled Tse Tak Bulo/That’s How it Was, a collection that is both beautifully reverent toward Ukrainian tradition – Dobrinsky has even included the voices of the now-deceased elders from whom she first learned her repertoire – and filled with vital new energy in the form of clever re-workings of many songs. The album combines the powerful, piercing harmonies and mournful, minor key melodies of Slavic folk music with a modern artist’s approach to arranging, sung both a capella and with bass, violin, accordion, and hurdy gurdy accompaniment. https://www.zeellia.com/

 

Ensemble members:

Beverly Dobrinsky – musical director/voice, lira (hurdy gurdy)

Alison Jenkins – voice, accordion

 Carmen Rosen – voice

 Christina Cuglietta – violin

 Russell Sholberg – bass

Showtimes & Dates

June 6th, 2024 at 7:30pm

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

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.

Music Director & Conductor:

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.

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