School Program Musician Bios
The Society hopes to introduce students to Chinese music and also nurture a better understanding of a culture that has such a presence in the lower mainland. The Ensemble’s primary educational goal is to introduce and encourage an appreciation for Chinese instruments, music, and culture. Students and young audiences will gain the knowledge of Chinese music through the distribution of various educational materials such as informational brochures and education packages.
These school programs are available to schools across the Lower Mainland. Teachers and students in primary/secondary schools, as well as at universities/colleges can benefit from this program by being able to diversifying the school board music curriculum through demonstrations and workshops.
Performed by a quartet composed of members of the Ensemble on traditional Chinese instruments. The programs vary according to the instruments played, usually featuring the erhu. Appropriate pieces are chosen from a selection of the ensembles repetoire, ranging from contemporary to traditional pieces, based on the desired level of the audience. Each piece focuses on a specific cultural and musical context, often highlighting an instrument or historical reference relevant to the discussion. More information on the content and technical requirements is available on request.
The group conducts workshops for both teachers and students as well.
Our school program has always embraced popular traditional and contemporary music on Chinese Instruments. This year, our set has been renewed with exciting new repertoire and includes Bruce Henzcel who will be introducing the pieces, talking about the instruments and answering questions. The music will not only introduce students and teachers to Chinese instruments, but also convey the culture through story telling and capture the Chinese energy through dramatic instrumental performance. Led by the Chinese Erhu, the Guzheng and Pipa will be joined by a western percussionist on Marimba, driving our ensemble forward and bridging the east and west through music.
Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble at the Artstarts in Schools Showcase.
Not only were they called back onstage for the curious audience, they were looking and sounding sharp Ask about our new programs for schools!
Great Showcase team! Time to book some shows!
Jirong Huang – Artistic Director
Guilian Liu – Ruan
Zhongxi Wu – Sunoa and Sheng
Qing Chang – Guzheng and Sanxian
Today our showcase will include excerpts from 4 pieces, taking us across China and demonstrating contrasting sounds from each region. Playing straight through four selections, the first is called Wonderful Flower Full Moon, depicting the Mid Autumn Moon Festival celebration in Beijing. Following will be a tune called Sky Mountain featuring the Sanxian playing a popular melody from Xinjiang. The third piece originates from the borders of northern china and Mongolia. It is called Horse Race where the erhu is transformed and used to tell mythical tales and perform ceremonies to tame horses. The final excerpt is from hai er bin called Red Dates to Relatives. This piece will allow our wind master to show off a range of joyous calls.