Stories of Independence

5:00 – 6:00 pm | Sep 5th
šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square
North of the Vancouver Art Gallery

The songs that define our heritage and our struggles tell stories rooted in the people and the community. More than politics, more than history, music is an experience of culture and identity that continues to echo across oceans. What is the sound of independence? Some of the familiar tunes Taiwanese people thought were their own turned out to have originated from Indonesia; many Malaysian-Chinese artists have their careers kick started in Taiwan.  Let’s listen together as we kick off our Dialogue with Indonesia and Malaysia.

About 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.

Symphony Programme

  1. Alishan [Traditional] – Che Yi Lee
  2. Ban Chun Hong [Traditional] – Che Yi Lee
  3. Serenade, 1st Mvt “March” – Mieczyslaw Karłowicz
  4. Little Suite, 2nd Mvt “Intermezzo” – Carl Nielsen
  5. Andante Festivo – Jean Sibelius
  6. Rasa Sayang [Traditional] – Michelle Gao
  7. Bruong Kakak Tua [Traditional] – Michelle Gao
  8. Bengawan Solo [Traditional] Bruce Irschick
  9. Tian Mi Mi [Traditional] – Michelle Gao
  10. Spanish Dance No. 1 from La Vida Breve – Manuel De Falla
  11. Va Pensiero from Nabucco – Giusooe Verdi
  12. Irish Tune from County Derry – Percy Grainger
  13. Hoe Down from Rodeo – Aaron Copland

Orchestra Musicians

Nicholas Urquhart
Harmonia Orchestra

[First Violin]
Dominic Woo, Tom Su, Jodi Wong, Ray Kang, Angela Lee

[Second Violin]
Catie Akune, Tony Lee, David Clark, Oxana Marmer, Ken Lee, Deely Greenlaw

Mark Jackson, Hans Wong

Zeta Gesme, Hey Woun Hyun, Chris Greenlaw

Brian Arkell

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