Asian Heritage Month Gala Performance of Asian Canadian Artists

19 May 2016 | 7:00 p.m. | Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto, 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto

Event Poster

The 2016 theme for the gala performance is Asian Festivals.

Opening Address: Mr. Justin Poy, Honorary Patron, Asian Heritage Month-CFACI

Dragon Boat: From Myth to Music
Plenary Talk by Professor Chan Ka Nin (composer) and Mark Brownell (librettist)

Watch a video of the presentation of Dragon Boat: From Myth to Music

Performances: A Celebration of Asian Festivals

Dragon Boat Race, Traditional music on pipa
Wen Zhao

Watch a video of Wen Zhao’s performance of Dragon Boat Race

Moon’s Lament (Moon Festival)
Vania Chan, soprano | Wen Zhao, pipa

Music on Flutes
Ron Korb, dizi | Wen Zhao, pipa | Xiaoqiu Lin, erhu | Alice Ho, piano | Chan Ka Nin, guitar | Anson Wong percussion

Watch the presentation of Music on Flutes | Part I, Part II

Dragon’s Tale
World Premiere of piece by Chan Ka Nin and Mark Brownell
Vania Chan, soprano | Gene Wu, baritone | Alice Ho, keyboard | Chan Ka Nin, guitar | Anson Wong, percussion

Watch the presentation of Dragon’s Tale | Part I, Part II

Diwali and Holi, South Asian Light Classical Music
Gauri Guha, vocal | Dylan Bisnauth, tabla

Watch the presentation of Diwali and Holi

Zhong Xin (an excerpt), contemporary dance
Yvonne Ng and tiger princess dance projects

Watch the presentation of Zhong Xin | Part I, Part II

Traditional Dance
Chi Ping Dance Group and dancers of Chinese Collective Arts Association

Watch the Chi Ping Dance Group’s presentation | Part I, Part II

Middle Eastern Music on Three Instruments: Bouzouki, Oud and Saz
Yiannis Kapoulas, with keyboardist, percussionist and vocalist

Watch Yiannis Kapoulas’ presentation | Part I, Part II

A reception to follow.

The bios of event presenters are available here.

Asian Heritage Month—Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture (Central Ontario) Inc., Bata Shoe Museum; Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University; Canadian Studies Program, University College, University of Toronto; Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, Richard Charles Lee Canada Hong Kong Library, Social Services Network
Asian Heritage Month Festival is partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Departments of Canadian Heritage, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Reception, sponsored by Mr. Justin Poy
Steinway Piano, sponsored by Steinway Piano Gallery, Toronto

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