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No Place Like Home – Contemporary Music Meets Traditional Chinese Instruments

Alliance Francaise Theatre, 24 Spadina Road
When: June 2, 2018 @ 8pm
Cost: $20 general, $15 student at the door, and $15, general, $10 student in advance. You can purchase tickets online at www.bemusednetwork.com

Details: No Place Like Home, features an award-winning all-female musical trio from the Toronto Chinese Orchestra, playing seven pieces that tell stories of home, identity and roots. Spectrum composers, using traditional Chinese instruments, have created distinctly Canadian repertoire that reflects individual stories of origin.

Home can mean two things, either a place in which people reside, or something that resides within. Spectrum composers have envisioned the meaning of home through the lens of traditional Chinese instruments, with a distinctly Canadian repertoire. These seven original pieces will represent different aspects of home, using unique Chinese instruments, original sound and visual art.

The female musical trio includes Patty Chan on the Erhu (Chinese Fiddle), Di Zhang on the Yangqin (Chinese Dulcimer), and Cynthia Zimen Qin on the Gu Zheng (Chinese Harp).

Patty Chan is the Music Director of the Toronto Chinese Orchestra. As part of the Chinese diaspora, Patty is actively encouraging new Canadian compositions to be written for Chinese instruments and ensembles

Di Zhang has won numerous awards, including the top award for dulcimer performance at the first ICAF national instrument contest (Singapore 2010) and the “Hua Yi Award” for best musical performance (Macao 2005).

Cynthia Ziwen Qin is well-known in Toronto for her musical performance on the guzheng. She started learning music at age seven and graduated from the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Cynthia has performed at many key concerts and events, including the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

More Info: spectrummusic.ca  ​@SpectrumMusicTO