January 9, 2018
Vancouver, BC –Good News from China! The world-famous 12 Girls Band comes to Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre, in a presentation sponsored by Phantom Creek Estates. Co-presented by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Poly Culture North America, the performance will take place on Monday, February 19th, 2018, at 7:30pm. It marks the first co-presentation project since the signing a Memorandum of Understanding between the two groups in 2017.
Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, is the most important holiday in China. Traditions play a significant role in the New Year celebrations, running from Chinese New Year’s Eve (marked by the New Moon) until the Lantern Festival 15 days later when there is a Full Moon. It is a terrific opportunity for sharing Chinese traditional music in a Western cultural setting. Poly Culture North America and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra are pleased to be collaborating in this unique performance that both Western and Eastern communities will appreciate.
12 Girls Band is a unique Chinese folk music group, inspired by the art of Yue Fang, the female ensemble that played in the royal courts of the Tang Dynasty (618 to 907 C.E.). Established in 2001, the members were selected by audition from more than 4000 contestants. From thousands of auditions, producer Wang Xiao Jing (the father of Chinese rock music) brought together twelve young virtuosos who played ancient Chinese instruments. The members of this chart-topping all-female music group are much admired musical ambassadors of Chinese music. The group combines traditional Chinese folk instruments – such as yangqin (hammered dulcimer), dizi (transverse flute), xiao (vertical flute), erhu (Chinese fiddle), pipa (pear-shaped lute), and guzheng (zither) – with modern pop music elements including Latin, jazz, and rock. Adding the latest high-tech sound, lighting and staging elevate the live performances to a high-powered showcase full of enjoyment. Retaining the rich colour of Chinese music while working with various musical styles, the group is popular in Asia, North America and many other regions, and was recognized as the first Chinese music group nominated for a Grammy Award. The 12 Girls Band has presented more than 1,800 performances domestically and 800 performances across the world.
Yi Chen, CEO of Poly Culture North America, has commented, “Since the establishment of our head office in Vancouver in 2016, we have received a warm welcome and constant support from local communities and offices. At that time we were very pleased to deliver a world-class cultural performance by the China Philharmonic Orchestra, a classical group named with the prestigious title of ‘Most Inspiring Orchestras’ by Gramophone online. It is our goal to continue to enrich cultural life for the Vancouver public.” Ms. Chen adds, “This year, in order to celebrate Chinese / Lunar New Year, we are again collaborating VSO to invite the famous 12 Girls Band to perform in the Orpheum Theatre. It will be a concert that perfectly harmonizes Chinese traditional music and modern western rhythm.”
VSO President Ms Kelly Tweeddale has remarked, “The VSO has a strong history in reflecting our community at home and abroad. With a significant increase in the Chinese immigrant community, we thought it appropriate to celebrate the Chinese New Year with an ensemble that represents both Chinese musical traditions and Classical/Popular influences. Co-presenting the 12 Girls Band with Poly Culture North America represents a great strategic opportunity for the VSO to expand the diversity and experiences of our multicultural audience.”
The title sponsor of the 12 Girls Band’s performance is Phantom Creek Estates.
“On the sunbathed Black Sage Bench in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, Phantom Creek Estates farms exceptional wines from historic vineyards. Our estate vineyards, including the acclaimed Phantom Creek Vineyard, are conscientiously farmed according to organic and biodynamic practices. The winery is projected to open in Spring 2019.”
ABOUT POLY CULTURE NORTH AMERICA
Poly Culture North America has been established by Poly Culture Group to expand business across North America and to build cultural ties between China and Canada. Poly Culture Group is China’s leading arts and cultural company. Poly Culture Group offers performance and theatre management. Its business also covers art education, cultural tourism, artwork and finance.
ABOUT THE VSO
Founded in 1919, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada’s most active and successful performing arts institutions; the largest performing arts organization west of Ontario and the third largest symphony orchestra in the country. The VSO performs to an annual audience of over 250,000 people and features more than 50 celebrated guest artists each season. Over 150 concerts are performed annually by the VSO in the historic Orpheum Theatre and numerous additional venues throughout the Lower Mainland. 2017/18 marks the organization’s 99th season. The VSO also maintains extensive education and community programs experienced by over 50,000 children each year. Significantly expanding these activities, in 2011 it opened the VSO School of Music in downtown Vancouver. Since 2015 the organization has also staged VSO Orchestral Institute at Whistler (VSOIW), an annual, world-class summer music program for involving 90 emerging, professional musicians from all around the world, who work with VSO musician faculty members and Maestro Bramwell Tovey.
Concert tickets range from $38 to $188, and are available through the VSO.
Matthew Baird, PR Manager, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
tel. 604-684-9100 x266
John Liu, Project Manager, Poly Culture North America