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BEMAC Live: Echo of Jade

April 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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An innovative performance of cross-cultural chamber music featuring traditional Chinese instruments such as the guzheng, erhu, dizi, zhongruan and pipa, performing works by contemporary Australian and international composers to showcase the versatility of ethnic instruments and honour the connection between East and West. 

Echo of Jade is conducted by Ray Lin, winner of the 2020 Contemporary Classical Song of the Year at the Queensland Music Awards and the 2022 David Blumberg Award from the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers.  

This concert was developed to bridge cultural barriers in music while embracing the challenge of exploring and presenting the multi-faceted possibilities of cross-cultural musicmaking in a chamber format. The ensemble features a stellar ensemble of traditional instrumentalists including Yuren (Cara) Chen on guzheng (zither), Fanghui (Anna) Chen on erhu (spked fiddle), Jing Ma on dizi (transverse flute), Sally Xi and Chuchu Zhang on zhongruan and pipa, respectively, both stringed plucked instruments, and Sean Cai on piano. 

Together, they perform a repertoire of works by living composers from Australia and abroad to showcase the versatility of the ethnic instruments within the modern musical world, as well as special arrangements of iconic western classical repertoires arranged for the ensemble, honouring a connection between the traditions across the East and the West. The concert includes world and Australian premieres of music by composers Xinyan Li, Gerardo Dirié, Nicholas Ng, Joel Sanchez-Carn, Ben Marshall and Yitao Zhang.

Echo of Jade’s concert delivers a social message of cultural harmony through a performance of the highest quality by an ensemble that tackles music old and new, from both the East and the West, truly embodying the universal language of music. 

About BEMAC Live

BEMAC Live is a series of professionally produced shows, underpinned by BEMAC’s programming principles, that champion and elevate diverse artists, and their artistry, as creators of original work of the highest quality and relevance possible. For more information about BEMAC’s program of upcoming events, visit bemac.org.au/season/

7:30pm, Saturday April 13
Queensland Multicultural Centre
102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point QLD
Tickets: $35 Full/$25 Concession through events.humanitix.com/bemac-live-echo-of-jade/tickets
More info: bemac.org.au

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There is very limited parking around the QMC. We encourage all guests to use public transport. QMC is only a 2-minute short walk from the Holman Street Ferry Terminal and bus routes 27 and 234. You can find more info about how to get to QMC at http://qmc.org.au/visit

BEMAC is a subsidiary of Settlement Services International (SSI), supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.


April 13
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Queensland Multicultural Centre
102 Main Street
Kangaroo Point, QLD 4169 Australia
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