Musique 21: University Chorale with guest artists the Orchid Ensemble

Venue: Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium

Free and open to the public. 

Concert length: 75 minutes or less, with no intermission.

David Rayl, conductor

As one of the kickoff events of the MSU China Experience, an 18-monthlong exploration of arts and culture, the College of Music presents a Musique 21 (new music) performance  featuring the University Chorale and guest artists the Orchid Ensemble.

The 55-member Chorale joins the Orchid Ensemble, a Chinese/Canadian trio that performs on ancient musical instruments offering a blend of new and traditional works resulting in a culture-filled evening. The repertoire includes traditional Chinese songs and new works by Jin Zhang and John Sharpley for chorus.

The Juno Award-nominated Orchid Ensemble performs traditional and contemporary Chinese music, as well as world music, new music, and jazz. Its members Lan Tung, erhu (Chinese violin); Chen Wang, zheng (Chinese zither); and Jonathan Bernard, percussion, make up the energetic ensemble that has been called “one of the brightest blossoms on the world music scene,” by Vancouver newspaper the Georgia Straight. Click here to go to the Orchid Ensemble website.

Coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the MSU China Initiative, the exploration of Chinese arts and culture is designed to provide creative programming, engage in open dialogue and encourage active student, faculty, and community involvement in China-themed year activities.

“Our primary goals are to inform and educate the MSU campus and greater community about Chinese art and culture; showcase MSU faculty and student work through music, art, film and events; and help integrate our students from China into the MSU campus and surrounding community,” said Min Jung Kim, co-chair of the MSU China Experience committee.

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