RHM & VICO MUSIC OF THE WORLD SERIES- Water Dragon Tune: Classic Chinese Poetry & Music

By: Roedde House Museum

1415 Barclay St
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Thursday, May 18 2023 - Thursday, May 18 2023
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
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CA$24.64 - CA$27.79

RHM & VICO MUSIC OF THE WORLD SERIES- Water Dragon Tune: Classic Chinese Poetry & Music
Thursday, May 18 2023 - Thursday, May 18 2023 , 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

CA$24.64 - CA$27.79

Event Details

Roedde House Museum & Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra

 Water Dragon Tune: Classic Chinese Poetry & Music


Jenny Lu, speaker, Song Jun, erhu, & Albertina Chan, harp

hosted by

Mark Armanini

Thursday, May 18th 2023 from 7pm - 9pm

Roedde House Museum in collaboration with the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO) is pleased to present our new musical series "Music of the World"

Join us in the parlour of Roedde House Museum as we take chamber music back to its originally intended intimate setting. We hope that through this concert series you will be introduced to a diversity of musical instruments and styles reflective of the diversity of the Canadian experience as well as a new appreciation of different types of classical music!

Masks are encouraged.

Refreshments will be provided. 


Program Description: Water Dragon Tune is from an ongoing collection of Chinese poems set to music by L. Mark Armanini. The power of these ancient poems is in the common and daily experiences being shared between the time they were written (347-1200 AD), and the present. The music, for the most part is contemplative, the Mandarin text is reflected and framed by the erhu in a dialogue of text image being shadowed by the erhu melodies and emotions. The celestial harp adds a sense of the suspension of time and space, drawing the listener closer to the rich sounds of the spoken Mandarin with its natural tonal inflections. The effect is to bring the poems into the here and now, as if the poet is speaking directly to us from ancient times. 

Host: VICO Artistic Director:  Mark Armanini

About Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO):

The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, founded in 2001, was one of the first professional concert orchestras devoted specifically to performing new intercultural music on a grand scale. It is currently the only ensemble of its kind in Canada, and one of only a handful that exist in the world. The VICO brings together musicians and composers from many cultural and artistic communities in the Greater Vancouver area, including Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese, Indian, Persian (Iranian), Latin and South American, Vietnamese, African, North American and European. The ensemble includes Western strings and winds (violin, viola, cello, contrabass, oboe, flute, clarinet) alongside Chinese erhu, sanxian, zheng, and sheng/suona; Persian kamanche, tar/setar, and tombak; Vietnamese dan bau; percussion from many world music traditions; and a variety of other instruments as required.

Since repertoire for the VICO’s unusual and diverse instrumentation does not already exist, creating new work is an integral component of all our programming. Developing new commissions (over 50 new Canadian works since 2001, and counting!) provides a necessary framework for bringing musicians and composers together to learn from each other, in a uniquely collaborative process. We build bridges of imagination. We approach diversity as a fascinating challenge and a creative call to action. We create and perform music that transcends borders and breaks down barriers, modeling a pathway for integrating non-Western traditional instruments, sounds and techniques into contemporary Canadian classical music.

Since its inaugural performance in 2001, the VICO has developed and performed over 50 new intercultural pieces by ground-breaking Canadian composers such as Elliot Weisgarber, Trichy Sankaran,Jin Zhang, Mark Armanini, Farshid Samandari, Moshe Denburg, Nikki Carter, Ed Henderson, Larry Nickel, Jeffrey Ryan, Rita Ueda, Lisa Cay Miller, Jim Hiscott,   Lan Tung, Michael O’Neill, John Oliver, Grace Lee, Neil Weisensel, Joseph “Pepe” Danza,  Niel Golden, Stephen Chatman, Rodney Sharman, Dorothy Chang, Neelamjit Dhillon, Jennifer Butler, Kara Gibbs, and Leslie Uyeda.


Ticket holders should arrive no later than 10 minutes before showtime to secure seats.
Masks encouraged.
Seating is limited.


Limited street parking is available on Robson and in the West End. Parking spots are scarce in the neighbourhood, so give yourself some extra time or use public transportation. (Closest Skytrain station: Burrard. We are on the #5 Robson bus route).

1415 Barclay St

Barclay Street 1415

Tickets for Thursday, May 18 2023


General Admission
CA$25.00 + CA$2.79 Service Fee + Applicable tax at checkout

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RHM Member/Senior/Student
CA$22.00 + CA$2.64 Service Fee + Applicable tax at checkout

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