Silk Bamboo and Maple festival channels pan-Pacific musical currents

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      Tensions are mounting in the South China Sea, but here in Vancouver it’s all smiles as Taiwanese, Chinese, and Canadian musicians join forces for Silk Bamboo and Maple.

      The annual festival, produced by the B.C. Chinese Music Association, takes place at various Vancouver and Richmond locations this week, ending with a pair of concerts at the Vancouver Playhouse on Saturday and Sunday (May 20 and 21). Chih-Sheng Chen (shown here), a Vancouver favourite for his local appearances with Taiwan’s Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra, will join resident conductor Peggy Hua on the podium, leading a large ensemble through works by an intercultural cast of composers, including Mark Armanini, Owen Underhill, and ruan virtuoso Zhimin Yu. For more information, visit the B.C. Chinese Music Association website.