Featured Performance
Voyage Across The Pacific

About the Program

In recent years, the Harmonia String Ensemble has collaborated with TAIWANfest to showcase the diverse cultures and stories carried by classical music. Harmonia is committed to integrating music into the lives of the public. The Voyage Across the Pacific concert will feature music from local and international composers, allowing the audience to relive the fantastic journeys across the oceans, while rethinking the impact and footprints from the Era of Exploration that still exists today in the modern world.

Harmonia String Ensemble
Artist Background

In 2004, Tony Lee brought together a group of enthusiastic string players to read orchestral music in his home. This became a frequent event at the Lee residence and soon, the group decided to perform concerts publicly.

The objective of the group is to play chamber works that are rarely performed by large symphonic orchestras. The music they play is usually composed for strings only, or for a classical orchestra which may include a limited number of wind instruments (typically 2 oboes and 2 horns).

Initially, a whimsical name was chosen for the ensemble – I Musici Sushi – to give the group a “West Coast flavour”. Under the I Musici Sushi banner, the ensemble held three or more concerts a year. Admission was by donation and the proceeds were donated to charities.

In late December 2018, the group’s name was officially changed to Harmonia and we continue to perform and raise money for charitable causes.

From the Curating Team

Indigenous communities in Canada and Taiwan are reclaiming their heritage, blending traditional and contemporary art into a refreshing take on the journey of self-identity. This performance series showcases the beauty of cultural convergence, featuring Chinese orchestral music, Indigenous songs, and electronic music.

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TAIWANfest Vancouver is grateful to be held on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Band), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish Nation), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation). We acknowledge our privilege to be gathered here, and commit to work with and be respectful to the Indigenous peoples of this land while we engage in meaningful conversations of culture and reconciliation.

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