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The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra
The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra is a professional concert orchestra devoted specifically to performing new intercultural music on a grand scale. Founded in 2001, it was one of the first such ensembles in the world, and is currently the only one of its kind in Canada. The VICO’s core roster consists of 24 musicians, some of whom are trained in the Western (European) classical tradition, while others are performers in the musical traditions of cultures from all over the world (Asian, African, East Indian and Middle Eastern, among others). The VICO’s composers and musicians are on the cutting edge, writing and performing the Canadian music of the future. VICO’s mission is to be a fresh and relevant voice in the contemporary music of our country...a creative force for innovation, diversity and understanding.
What Audiences Are Saying:
"...beautiful music and performed so exquisitely..."
"...a remarkable display of cultural diversity and unity (...). What an important resource and example for our community and beyond."
"...innovative and interesting music, not quite what I was expecting but challenging and exciting!"
"...hugely inspiring and a wonderful testament to the glorious places humans can grow toward."
VICO Statement Re Proposed Cuts to Elementary School Band & String Programs
As representatives of the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO), we wish to formally state our opposition to the Vancouver School Board's proposed cuts to elementary school string and band programs. We also strongly condemn the proposed alternative of raising the fee for annual participation from $25 to $250, which would make these programs inaccessible for many students. We were relieved today to hear that Vancouver School Board chair Patti Bacchus has presented a new proposal to postpone any cuts to elementary school band and string programs for one year, while a task force develops a sustainable long-term plan for preserving these programs. We thank Ms. Bacchus for listening to the chorus of voices that have spoken up for music education, and hope that the VSB as a whole will see the value in a more measured approach to this important issue.
Composers' Worskhop: VICO in the Schools at CapU
The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, in partnership with the Music Department at Capilano University, is pleased to present the second edition of the VICO in the Schools: Sounds Global workshop series, which is designed to create an opportunity for composers to work with non-western traditional instruments. Open to the general public, the workshop series begins with a 3-hour lecture/recital on intercultural composition, with a specific focus on the Chinese erhu (2 string fiddle), Persian santur (hammered dulcimer), Vietnamese danbau (1 string zither), and hand percussion. The following two sessions are dedicated to workshopping compositions-in-progress for any combination of these instruments by 8 participating composers .