Tickets are now on sale for the Chan Centre’s Spring Dot Com Series, which includes exclusive digital productions filmed both around the world and right at home on the Chan Centre stage.
The Chan Centre’s Spring Dot Com Series
- When: January 29, 2021 to May 31, 2021
- Where: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (UBC, 6265 Crescent Rd)
- Tickets: Available online now.
- $0/$10/$20 Supported/Regular/Supportive)
- Digital Subscriptions $60/$120
These virtual performances will be delivered 100% online, and traverse musical realms. All eight performances will be available for on demand viewing from designated premiere dates throughout the spring until May 31, 2021. A variety of complementary ancillary events will also become available to watch through the Chan Centre Connects series.
AMIR AMIRI ENSEMBLE
Watch online from Friday, January 29, 2021 at 7:00pm
Tehran-born, Montreal-based Amir Amiri’s relationship to the santur is spiritual, almost symbiotic, as he calls upon centuries of tradition with an instrumental voice fluent in the musical dialects of the here and now. He’s joined by Sardar Mohamad Jani (oud), Reza Abaee (ghaychak), Hamin Honari (percussion), and Omar Abu Afech (viola)for a program of his own compositions intertwined with Persian folk and classical pieces.
MAGOS HERRERA AND BROOKLYN RIDER
Watch online from Friday, February 12, 2021 at 7:00pm
One of contemporary Latin music’s most expressive voices, Magos Herrera, joins forces with the dizzyingly eclectic string quartet Brooklyn Rider—violinists Johnny Gandelsman and Colin Jacobsen, violist Nicholas Cords, cellist Michael Nicolas, and percussionist Mathias Kunzli—for Dreamers, a project that celebrates music as a political act by imaginatively reinterpreting gems from the Ibero-American songbook alongside new pieces adapted from beloved texts.
LAN TUNG: HAVE BOW WILL TRAVEL
Watch online from Friday, February 26, 2021 at 7:00pm
Prolific composer, erhu player, and vocalist Lan Tung “sits at the crossroads between East and West, innovation and tradition” (La Scena Musicale). For this program, she will perform two world premieres for erhu and string quintet by Canadian composer Tim Brady—Concerto Étude and Peripheral Visions—as well as a far-ranging improvisation with Portuguese-born cellist Marina Hasselberg.
Watch online from Friday, March 12, 2021 at 7:00pm
Uplifting, crushing, transcendent, and human. Arguably Canada’s best-known spoken word artist, Shane Koyczan’s performances combine electric narratives and spellbinding stage presence. Wherever he puts his seemingly boundless energy, Koyzcan “is at the heart of a Category 5 creative hurricane” (The Vancouver Sun)—a beloved poet whose powerful connection with his audience remains at the core of who he is.
PARĀŚAKTI: THE FLAME WITHIN
Watch online from Friday March 19, 2021 at 7:00pm
Parāśakti—the Mother Goddess, the Absolute Divinity—plays a timeless role across geographic and socio-cultural barriers in Hindu traditions. This new production explores the Goddess’ narratives through sublime classical Indian music and dance, featuring Vancouver-based dance artist Arno Kamolika, Hindustani vocalist Akhil Jobanputra, along with some of Canada’s finest instrumentalists including percussionist/mridangist Curtis Andrews, sitar player Sharanjeet Singh Mand, and violinist Kaushik Sivaramakrishnan.
SANSEI: THE STORYTELLER
Watch online from Friday, March 26, 2021 at 7:00pm
In an acclaimed interdisciplinary work that is both illuminating and profoundly personal, Sansei: The Storyteller explores the internment and dispossession of tens of thousands of Japanese-Canadians following the attack on Pearl Harbor. With compassion and unexpected humour, creator/performer Kunji Mark Ikeda “dances, and says more with the movement of his fingers than many actors do with reams of dialogue” (Calgary Herald).
MARINA THIBEAULT: ELLES Solo
Watch online from Friday April 9, 2021 at 7:00pm
Celebrated violist Marina Thibeault’s “plangent tone and expressive phrasing” (The Strad) foreground a great richness in her playing across genres. Her 2020 JUNO Award-nominated album ELLES honours groundbreaking female and non-binary composers from Clara Schumann to the present day. For this performance, Thibeault presents a wide-ranging program of works for solo viola by composers Ana Sokolović, Dorothy Chang, and Melody McKiver.
SILKROAD ENSEMBLE: HOME WITHIN
Watch online from Friday, April 23, 2021 at 7:00pm
An audio-visual performance conceived by Syrian composer and clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and Syrian Armenian visual artist Kevork Mourad, Home Within is an emotional account of home in times of conflict. Using the counterpoint between image and sound, this presentation by Silkroad Ensemble is a stirring, impressionistic reflection on hope and unity in the face of tragedy.
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