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Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble

Discipline: Music
Homebase: Vancouver
Languages: English, Mandarin, Cantonese

Formed in 1989, Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble is the first professional Chinese music group formed in North America. From its humble beginnings, the group has been a collective of classically trained instrumentalists who have immigrated from China and chosen Vancouver as their home. Since their first appearance in 1989 for the Governor General's Concert at the Orpheum Theatre, this exceptional group of musicians has been performing at schools, community events, major festivals and on CBC.


Reviews

Superb, joyful and evocative. The Georgia Straight
...what new classical music of the future should sound like; pan cultural, expressive and exciting. The Province
VCME plays with passion and the insight of those who know how to perform for an audience. Their music forms an integral part of the new Canada, and the next chapter for contemporary classical music here? Jon Siddall (CBC)

Performances & Workshops

Magical Folktales featuring Gerardo Avila

Grade Suitability: K-12
Duration: 45 mins.
Capacity: 400 students
Tech Requirements: 2 tables, 4 armless chairs, 4 music stands, 4 electrical outlets, change rooms, min. of 4ft x 8ft stage area
Fee Range: $715-$865 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
$680.00
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$730.00
Vancouver Island Lower
$780.00
Vancouver Island Mid
$780.00
Vancouver Island North
$780.00
Interior
$830.00
North
$830.00
Kootenays
$830.00

Magical Folktales is a program of music and storytelling that entertains the audience members while introducing them to traditional Chinese instruments and diverse cultures. The music and sounds provided by Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble accompany Gerardo Avila's mime, magic tricks, jokes and stories including the Chinese legend, Monkey King. A fun and engaging program suitable for all ages.

Music and Stories from China: Comedy and Music

Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 45 mins.
Capacity: 400 students
Tech Requirements: four armless chairs, four music stands, 4 electrical outlets, change rooms, minimum of 4ft x 8ft stage area
Fee Range: $635 - $785 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)


Music and Stories from China is an hour of interactive musical comedy. Students are entertained and introduced to traditional Chinese instruments and folklore by Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble and the storyteller/comedian Gerardo Avila. The music and sounds provided by the Ensemble accompany Gerardo's stories, jokes, mime and magic. The characters and stories from Chinese folklore, including the Monkey King, come to life.

Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble - Live at Your School

Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 45 mins.
Capacity: 400 students
Tech Requirements: four armless chairs, four music stands, 4 electrical outlets, change rooms, minimum of 4ft x 8ft stage area
Fee Range: $715 - $865 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
$680.00
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$700.00
Vancouver Island Lower
$780.00
Vancouver Island Mid
$780.00
Vancouver Island North
$780.00
Interior
$830.00
North
$830.00
Kootenays
$830.00

Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble - Live at Your School is a concert program of traditional and contemporary music on Chinese instruments. The show introduces students and teachers to Chinese music and culture through dramatic instrumental performance delivered by highly trained and accomplished musicians.

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