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2023 Bamboo and Maple Festival – East Meets West Concert

東西邂逅 - 楓與竹音樂嘉年華

April 18, 2023 12:00 pm - April 23, 2023 7:00 pm

The Bamboo and Maple Festival – East Meets West concert is a collaboration between two professional ensembles of Chinese roots from British Columbia and CSO Alberta. Spanning several days in April, the 2023 Bamboo and Maple Festival features a wide array of seminars, traditional western and eastern music, workshops and concerts.

The CSO and the BCCME Presents “East Meets West”

Sunday, April 23 ┃ 7 p.m.

Francis Winspear Centre for Music, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square

The “East Meets West” concert brings together the BC Chinese Music Ensemble of Vancouver (BCCME) and the Concordia Symphony Orchestra (CSO) in a unique musical exchange of Oriental and Occidental tones. The program is conducted by Danielle Lisboa, Peggy Hua and Jason Wong and will feature works by Allan Gilliland, Richard Wagner, Camille Saint-Saëns, Chengzong Yin, Leung-fai Lo.

The centerpiece of the program is the piano concerto Yellow River 黃河鋼琴協奏曲 之旅 – a staple of Chinese culture. This new edition of the work, arranged for the Bamboo and Maple Festival by Mark Armanini, incorporates ten Chinese traditional instruments alongside its Western counterparts. They will be performed by the BC Chinese Music Ensemble chamber players and include the Dizi, the Sheng, the Yangqin, the Pipa, the Zheng, and the Erhu among others. 

Additional Ticket Information

In addition to TIX on the Square, “East Meets West” concert tickets may also be purchased from the following locations:

Bookish, Concordia University of Edmonton’s Bookstore

CUE student discount applicable with student ID at Bookish — $20 tickets available for $15; $30 tickets for $20

Edmonton Chinatown Multicultural Centre 點城華人文化中心

9540 102 Avenue ┃ 電話: 780 424 8124

Service Smoke Shop 金冠

10673 97 Street ┃ 電話: 780 422 4009

Bamboo & Maple Festival Schedule of Events

nehiyaw/Cree Drum from Treaty 6 Territory and Bianzhong from China • Seminar

Tuesday, April 18 ┃ Noon to 1 p.m.

Tegler Student Centre, Concordia University of Edmonton, 7128 Ada Boulevard

Featuring nehiyaw/Cree drum songs and teachings by James Minoose from Alexander First Nation. The drum reminds us of the place where the festival will take place and the original songs and sounds of the people who have lived here since time immemorial. This will be followed by a presentation from Tian Ip on the Bianzhong, a one-of-a kind instrument dating back to the early Warring States Period (c. 433 B.C.) and excavated from the tomb of Marquis Yi Zeng in 1978.

The GuQin Culture from China and the Composition of Symphonic Music in Canada • Seminar

Wednesday, April 19 ┃ 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

T 104, Concordia University of Edmonton, 7128 Ada Boulevard

Seminar topics include “The Overview of GuQin Culture” by Wong, Shu-Chee (translator Tian Ip) and “Composing for Today’s Orchestra” by Dr. Allan Gilliland.

Space is limited. Please register to reserve your spot.

The Chinese, the Métis and the West • Mini Concert and Workshop

Thursday, April 20 ┃ 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Magrath Campus, Concordia University of Edmonton, 6240 Ada Boulevard

Featuring performances by Brianna Lizotte (an Alberta-based Métis fiddler and Macewan music student), The Canadian Folk Group and Chinese music by BCCME.

The Canadian Folk Group features Mark McGarrigle (vocals, guitar, tin whistle), Susan Whalen Janzen (vocalist), Daniel Graff (violin) and Rodger Weir (drums/percussion).

Space is limited. Please register to reserve your spot.

Additional Community Events

Fukienese Association • Mini Workshop

Saturday, April 22 ┃ 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Edmonton Chinatown, Fukienese Association, 10726 101 Street NW

Presenter: BCCME

The Art of GuQin – Reflection on Silk String • Seminar

專題講座 – 絲桐傳千古之琴絃揆敘及古琴雅集 – 以琴會友

Saturday, April 22 ┃ 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Edmonton Chinatown Multicultural Centre, 9540 102 Avenue

Presenter: “The Reflection on Silk String” by Wong, Shu-Chee and Leung, Lai-wan (translator Tian Ip)

Concert in City Hall

Saturday, April 22 ┃ 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Edmonton City Hall, 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Presenter: BCCME, conducted by Peggy Hua


Chairman: Henry Fung Treasurer: Ed Lam Secretary: Tian Ip Project Director/Festival Producer: Hubert Hsu Artistic Director: Sharon Zhang, Danielle Lisboa, Mark Armanini Conductor: Danielle Lisboa, Peggy Hua, Jason Wong • Featured Composer: Dr. Allan Gilliland, Mark Armanini • Stage Manager: Tian Ip • Stage Crew: William Lau • Videography: Edmonton Chinese TV – Lewis Cheung • Accommodation Hospitality: Ed Lam • Welcome Banquet: Ed Lam