Sooner or Later

Nick-Harmonia

Harmonia

String Ensemble

Che-Yi Lee

Che-Yi Lee

One Song Orchestra Founder

It’s a phrase often used to express the sentiment of looking for the next chapter in life or the desire to reveal an answer.  It is the long wait that makes people excited or anxious and it is the uncertainty that creates nerve-wracking moments.  These emotions are the stories of humanity and the bonds people form together.  Harmonia String Ensemble of Vancouver returns to TAIWANfest Vancouver for a performance that will bring two harbour cities from two ends of the Pacific Ocean together.

The city of Kaohsiung, the third largest city in Taiwan with a population of 2.7 million people and the largest port city of the island nation, transformed from a trade village during the Dutch colonial period to a heavy-industry town under Japanese and Chinese rule; today, Kaohsiung is known for being a major force in the high-tech industry and a mecca for some of the most iconic arts and culture centres in Asia.  Of all municipalities in Taiwan, Kaohsiung is home to more Indigenous tribes than any other.

With so many similarities to Vancouver, TAIWANfest has invited Harmonia String Ensemble to help initiate this relationship between the two cities.  Nick Urquhart, the conductor for Harmonia, has long admired the works of Composer Che-yi Lee, a Kaohsiung native.  Through Lee’s music, Nick falls in love with a place he has yet to visit.  For many Vancouverites who have ties to Kaohsiung, including the festival’s Managing Director Charlie Wu, there is no doubt Kaohsiung is a city that all Vancouverites would enjoy visiting sooner or later.

About The Artist / Harmonia

In 2004, Tony Lee brought together a group of enthusiastic string players to read orchestral music in his home. This became a frequent event at the Lee residence and soon, the group decided to perform concerts publicly.

The objective of the group is to play chamber works that are rarely performed by large symphonic orchestras. The music they play is usually composed for strings only, or for a classical orchestra which may include a limited number of wind instruments (typically 2 oboes and 2 horns).

Initially, a whimsical name was chosen for the ensemble – I Musici Sushi – to give the group a “West Coast flavour”. Under the I Musici Sushi banner, the ensemble held three or more concerts a year. Admission was by donation and the proceeds were donated to charities.

In late December 2018, the group’s name was officially changed to Harmonia and we continue to perform and raise money for charitable causes.

About The Artist / Che-yi lee

Che-Yi Lee has composed about 2,000 works and arranged nearly 5,000 works of various types. His works include musical theater, dance drama, stage play, all kinds of cross-border theater, children’s drama, film and TV commercial soundtracks. Since the beginning of his professional career, he has conducted more than 2,000 performances and has composed songs, arrangements, and soundtracks for hundreds of professional performing groups, both at home and abroad. He has also performed at dozens of international arts festivals and has produced about 90 albums.

SYMPHONY PROGRAMME

  1. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik – 1st movement | Composer: Wolfgang A. Mozart
  2. Temple Square | Composer: Che-Yi Lee
  3. Unfolding Sky, from Postcards from the Sky | Composer: Marjan Mozetich
  4. Intermezzo, from Kleine Suite | Composer: Carl Nielsen
  5. Lyric for Strings | Composer: George Walker
  6. Romantic Encounter in Kaohsiung Harbor Violin Concerto | Composer: Che-Yi Lee
  7. Gavotte, from Holberg Suite | Composer: Edvard Grieg
  8. Jig, from St. Paul’s Suite | Composer: Gustav Holst
  9. Makatto Rhapsody | Composer: Che-Yi Lee

SYMPHONY CONCERT MUSICIANS

Conductor
Nicholas Urquhart

[First Violin]
Dominic Woo / Hyeyoun Lee / Tom Su / Nicole Hong / Ray Kang / David Clark / Angela Lee

[Second Violin]
Michelle Gao / Tina Chang / Rebecca MacLeod / Henry Liang / Deely Greenlaw / Julie Son

[Viola]
Tony Lee / Genevieve MacKay / Mark Jackson

[Cello]
Heywoun Hyun / Tara Rajah / Chris Greenlaw

[Bass]
Daniel Camargo

It’s a phrase often used to express the sentiment of looking for the next chapter in life or the desire to reveal an answer.  It is the long wait that makes people excited or anxious and it is the uncertainty that creates nerve-wracking moments.  These emotions are the stories of humanity and the bonds people form together.  Harmonia String Ensemble of Vancouver returns to TAIWANfest Vancouver for a performance that will bring two harbour cities from two ends of the Pacific Ocean together.

The city of Kaohsiung, the third largest city in Taiwan with a population of 2.7 million people and the largest port city of the island nation, transformed from a trade village during the Dutch colonial period to a heavy-industry town under Japanese and Chinese rule; today, Kaohsiung is known for being a major force in the high-tech industry and a mecca for some of the most iconic arts and culture centres in Asia.  Of all municipalities in Taiwan, Kaohsiung is home to more Indigenous tribes than any other.

With so many similarities to Vancouver, TAIWANfest has invited Harmonia String Ensemble to help initiate this relationship between the two cities.  Nick Urquhart, the conductor for Harmonia, has long admired the works of Composer Che-yi Lee, a Kaohsiung native.  Through Lee’s music, Nick falls in love with a place he has yet to visit.  For many Vancouverites who have ties to Kaohsiung, including the festival’s Managing Director Charlie Wu, there is no doubt Kaohsiung is a city that all Vancouverites would enjoy visiting sooner or later.

Nick-Harmonia

Harmonia

String Ensemble

In 2004, Tony Lee brought together a group of enthusiastic string players to read orchestral music in his home. This became a frequent event at the Lee residence and soon, the group decided to perform concerts publicly.

The objective of the group is to play chamber works that are rarely performed by large symphonic orchestras. The music they play is usually composed for strings only, or for a classical orchestra which may include a limited number of wind instruments (typically 2 oboes and 2 horns).

Initially, a whimsical name was chosen for the ensemble – I Musici Sushi – to give the group a “West Coast flavour”. Under the I Musici Sushi banner, the ensemble held three or more concerts a year. Admission was by donation and the proceeds were donated to charities.

In late December 2018, the group’s name was officially changed to Harmonia and we continue to perform and raise money for charitable causes.

Che-Yi Lee

Che-Yi Lee

One Song Orchestra Founder

Che-Yi Lee has composed about 2,000 works and arranged nearly 5,000 works of various types. His works include musical theater, dance drama, stage play, all kinds of cross-border theater, children’s drama, film and TV commercial soundtracks. Since the beginning of his professional career, he has conducted more than 2,000 performances and has composed songs, arrangements, and soundtracks for hundreds of professional performing groups, both at home and abroad. He has also performed at dozens of international arts festivals and has produced about 90 albums.

SYMPHONY PROGRAMME

  1. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik – 1st movement | Composer: Wolfgang A. Mozart
  2. Temple Square | Composer: Che-Yi Lee
  3. Unfolding Sky, from Postcards from the Sky | Composer: Marjan Mozetich
  4. Intermezzo, from Kleine Suite | Composer: Carl Nielsen
  5. Lyric for Strings | Composer: George Walker
  6. Romantic Encounter in Kaohsiung Harbor Violin Concerto | Composer: Che-Yi Lee
  7. Gavotte, from Holberg Suite | Composer: Edvard Grieg
  8. Jig, from St. Paul’s Suite | Composer: Gustav Holst
  9. Makatto Rhapsody | Composer: Che-Yi Lee

SYMPHONY CONCERT MUSICIANS

Conductor
Nicholas Urquhart

[First Violin]
Dominic Woo / Hyeyoun Lee / Tom Su / Nicole Hong / Ray Kang / David Clark / Angela Lee

[Second Violin]
Michelle Gao / Tina Chang / Rebecca MacLeod / Henry Liang / Deely Greenlaw / Julie Son

[Viola]
Tony Lee / Genevieve MacKay / Mark Jackson

[Cello]
Heywoun Hyun / Tara Rajah / Chris Greenlaw

[Bass]
Daniel Camargo

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