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Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble presents THE REUNION

2019/03/22 (Friday)

The Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble


The Reunion: A Contemporary Chamber Opera


A Five-Hundred-Year-Old Love Story Across Cultures, Space and Time

Featuring Lili Lau and William Liu

Guest Performance by the Seniors’ Research Group of Chinese Opera and Music

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 7:30 pm

The Roundhouse (181 Roundhouse Mews))

Tickets online at thereunion.brownpapertickets.com

or at the door on show day (box office opens at 7 pm)


William, a modern Vancouver man, begins to sense that his previous life was that of Chen Ah Xing, born in ancient southern China and engaged to his true love Xiu Ying. Torn apart by circumstance and family fortunes, their romance was doomed, and Ah Xing would die in an accident without ever being reunited with his love. Five hundred years later, on the Ching Ming Festival (the Day of Remembrance), William has created a boat that will travel across time and space and plans to travel from Vancouver’s English Bay to ancient China, to reunite with Xiu Ying and have one more chance at the great love they were both destined for.

This novel chamber opera, which premieres at the Roundhouse at 7:30pm on April 13, is a fusion of Chinese opera and Western opera, with an ensemble of instruments drawn from both cultures. Jirong Huang, Artistic Director of the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble (VCME), has created a beautiful and moving work that draws from Eastern and Western culture and traditions to bring this epic love story to life, featuring acclaimed soprano Lili Liu and bass William Lau.

Find out more at vancouverchinesemusic.ca