Hong Kong City Impressions (new for 2016)
Western District will present the world premiere of City Impressions in April 2016, a major multimedia new music project combining live performance, photography, and sounds from the city — a unique soundscape that captures the multi-sensory experience of being in Hong Kong. The performance features new music for clarinet, viola and piano trio by Joyce Wai-Chung Tang, and a series of photographs by David Clarke. The project was commissioned by the group in 2015, with sponsorship from CASH Music Fund in Hong Kong. City Impressions will have its world debut at the Hong Kong Arts Centre on April 8. More info about tickets available here.
John & Jen (new for 2016)
Don’t miss the Asia premiere of John & Jen, a two-person chamber musical, an intimate look at the complexities of a family’s ever-growing, evolving relationship. This is the story of Jen and her relationships with the two Johns of her life: her younger brother, who was killed in the Vietnam War; and his namesake, her son who is growing up in a confusing world. The musical takes the audience through John & Jen from childhood, adolescence and beyond. Western District’s production will feature Nathan Koval as John and Sarah Martin as Jen, along with the full, original orchestration for piano, cello and percussion. John & Jen debuts at the Fringe Club on April 21 to 23, 2016. More info about tickets available here.
John & Jen: Music by Andrew Lippa. Lyrics by Tom Greenwald. Book by Tom Greenwald & Andrew Lippa. Originally produced by Goodspeed Opera House; Michael P. Price, Executive Producer. Originally Produced in New York City by The Lamb’s Theatre Company; Carolyn Rossi Copeland, Producing Director. John and Jen is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com.
Visit Argentina with a unique program of exciting tango music, from Carlos Gardel to Astor Piazzolla. In Tango Remixed, Western District performs its own original arrangements of favorite tango numbers, and toss in a few unexpected classical gems that stay true to the passion of tango, from opera master Georges Bizet to Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. The ensemble has performed selections from this program with tango dancers, presenting the audience with an interactive, full-on tango experience — in the heat of Hong Kong.
Music of My Homeland
Global nomad? Look no further! Travel the world with Western District, exploring folk and dance music from diverse corners of the globe. Home is a very personal word that means something different to everyone – it can be where someone is born, where someone currently lives, or even a particular feeling or activity. This concert of evocative works will explore different music genres, such as folk songs, children’s rhymes, dance music, pop tunes, drinking songs, and more, from around the world — that remind people of their homes. An eclectic program including Hong Kong’s Under the Lion’s Rock, American ragtime, and Cuban salsa.
Music for a Cause
Western District is humbled and pleased to perform frequently at charity concerts and fundraisers in efforts to support and bring awareness to various charitable efforts. The group has in the past donated its musical services to help raise funds for natural disaster relief efforts, educational causes, orphanages, and more.
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