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Festival Opening Concert
The Waterfront Theatre
Vancouver, BC
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The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra opens its annual Global Soundscapes Festival with this presentation of "Debris": a new mini-opera by Rita Ueda, about the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami, with a screening of the 10-min. documentary by John Bolton that inspired the music. Also on the bill: historical works by pioneering Canadian intercultural composer Elliot Weisgarber; and traditional Japanese music for sho and koto.

Featuring Harrie Starreveld (shakuhachi), Naomi Sato (sho), Miyama McQueen-Tokita (koto), Geling Jiang (sanxian), and vocalists Sarah Albu (soprano from Montreal, making her VICO debut!) and Willy Miles-Grenzberg (baritone).

The VICOs annual Global Soundscapes Festival is a rich feast of sounds and rhythms, celebrating the intersection of Canadian cultures with musical traditions from all over the world. In 2019 the spotlight is on the instruments and traditions of Japan! We are excited to welcome international guest soloists Naomi Sato (sho), Harrie Starreveld (shakuhachi), Miyama Tokita-McQueen (koto), and Yuji Nakagawa (sarangi), alongside guest composers Tomoko Fukui from Tokyo and members of the Kyushu Okinawa Composers Association. These visiting artists will collaborate with a whos who of musicians, composers, and guest ensembles from BCs vibrant contemporary classical and world music scenes.

Connect across continents, cultures and centuries. Join us for some music without borders! Visit for details.

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The Waterfront Theatre (View)
1412 Cartwright Street (Granville Island)
Vancouver, BC V6H3Y5


Arts > Opera
Arts > Performance
Music > Classical
Music > World

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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