Mathieu Zazzo

The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia (UBC) proudly announces its extraordinary 2013/14 concert season, showcasing an incredible selection of both international icons and returning favourites. The globe-spanning line-up includes a wealth of genres including world music, jazz, new music, dance, and “outside-the-box” artistic discoveries.

“If I were to describe our 2013/14 season in a single word, it would be exploration,” said Joyce Hinton, Co-Managing Director of the Chan Centre. “The discovery of new vistas is present in every one of these artists’ careers. They have created new forms and ideas, spread local cultural expressions around the globe. It is with great pride that we bring these artistic icons and innovators to our Vancouver stage.”

Philip Glass. Photo by Raymond Meier
[Philip Glass; photo by Raymond Meier]

Here’s a glance at the 2013/14 Chan Centre for the Performing Arts Concert Season lineup:
Kronos at 40
Saturday, October 19, 8 pm
Long-time audience favourites Kronos Quartet debuts a world premiere by pre-eminent composer Philip Glass. The new work has been co-commissioned by the Chan Centre in honour of Kronos’ 40th anniversary season. The program also features selections from Kronos’ critically acclaimed 2009 album Floodplain.
*Philip Glass will give an exclusive pre-concert talk to ticket holders prior to the concert as part of the Dal Grauer Memorial Lecture series. Full details online.

Sunday, October 27, 7 pm

The consummate chanteuse and living voice of fado will shares an intimate and evocative evening of song. Mariza returns following a sold-out engagement at the Chan in 2009. The Portuguese-Mozambican artist’s special visit is part of a world tour.

Rokia Traoré
Sunday, November 17, 7 pm
Africa’s most adventurous songstress makes a long-anticipated return to the Chan Centre. Malian artist Rokia Traoré has built a career defying convention and expectation. She will perform old favourites, as well as selections from her critically acclaimed 2013 album, Beautiful Africa. In its five-star review of the album, the Guardian described Traoré as “Africa’s most inventive singer-songwriter.”

Danse Lhasa Danse
[Danse Lhasa Danse]

Danse Lhasa Dance
Saturday, January 18, 2014, 8 pm
A sensuous, multi-disciplinary evening lovingly honours the life and work of Montreal-based folk musician, Lhasa. Bringing seven dancers and nine musicians together on one stage, artistic visionary Pierre-Paul Savoie’s Danse Lhasa Danse seamlessly melds concert and dance performance into a powerful and profound tribute.
(Presented in conjunction with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival)

Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Saturday, March 1, 2014, 8 pm
Esteemed trumpeter, composer, and music director Wynton Marsalis returns to Vancouver with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, an ensemble hailed as “the finest big band in the world today” by the Daily Telegraph. Award-winning Marsalis is a living legend whose list of collaborators includes Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, and Eric Clapton.

Saturday, March 15, 2014, 8 pm
This kinetic group of master drummers and dancers will present a visually spectacular, wholly unique cultural expression. The South Korean ensemble’s distinctive style of percussion originated in farmers’ bands, a folk tradition central to Korean heritage. Over a remarkable 35 years, SamulNori has built upon this tradition, developing their individual sound into the powerful music and pageantry they share around the globe.

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn
Saturday, May 10, 2014, 8 pm
Two of America’s finest banjo players take centre stage and cast the humble instrument in a bold new light. Fleck is a Chan Centre favourite, last seen in 2009 with Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer. Washburn is an enormously celebrated singer, songwriter, and claw hammer banjo player. In this rare occurrence, the husband and wife team will share the stage for a collaborative, eclectic program of traditional and original music.

About the Chan Centre
From classical, jazz, theatre, and new music to opera, folk, and world music, the Chan Centre is a vital part of UBC campus life – a place where the artistic and academic disciplines integrate with one another to inspire new perspectives on life and culture. As such, the programming at the Chan Centre strives to enhance the values of the UBC community through its annual roster of dynamic artists and musical traditions.

Visit the Chan Centre website for both subscription options and concert updates.

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