Dream Lo­tus Choir to per­form with P.E.I. Sym­phony Or­ches­tra

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

East meets West on Sun­day, Aug. 2, with a per­for­mance of the in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned Dream Lo­tus Choir with the P.E.I. Sym­phony Or­ches­tra at the Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre of the Arts.

Billed as a “serendip­i­tous meet­ing of ce­les­tial mu­sic that speaks to our hearts,” this con­cert will fea­ture the Dream Lo­tus In­sight­ful Praises Choir of Tai­wan along with key mu­si­cians from the P.E.I. Sym­phony, all un­der the di­rec­tor of Tai­wanese con­duc­tor Wang Tzu-Cheng.

Founded in 2001, the Dream Lo­tus In­sight­ful Praises Choir be­gan per­form­ing across the ma­jor cities of its na­tive Tai­wan from Taipei to Kaoh­si­ung. As its rep­u­ta­tion grew, the choir ven­tured to Shang­hai, Hong Kong and Sin­ga­pore and then across the Pa­cific Ocean to North Amer­ica.

Per­for­mances have earned pos­i­tive re­views glob­ally, and their med­i­ta­tive and spir­i­tual mes­sages have suc­ceeded in mov­ing tens of thou­sands of au­di­ences from all walks of life.

This con­cert will be pre­sented by P.E.I.'s Moon­light In­ter­na­tional Foun­da­tion, a lo­cal non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion cre­ated for the pur­pose of re­liev­ing suf­fer­ing to bring hap­pi­ness to all. The foun­da­tion regularly do­nates to food banks and the lo­cal Sal­va­tion Army, pur­chas­ing un­mar­ketable fresh veg­eta­bles from lo­cal farm­ers, and in the win­ter new win­ter coats and snow boots from China. The foun­da­tion also main­tains and op­er­ates the Buf­faloland Park and a farm sanc­tu­ary here in P.E.I.

Tra­di­tional Chi­nese mu­sic is the essence of Chi­nese cul­ture, em­body­ing its' unique cul­tural and spir­i­tual her­itage. The mu­sic and lyrics of the Dream Lo­tus Choir are mostly com­posed by Master Zhen-Ru, founder of the Moon­light In­ter­na­tional Foun­da­tion. With all her work, Zhen-Ru seeks to in­spire spir­i­tual growth and un­con­di­tional hap­pi­ness for peo­ple of dif­fer­ent cul­tures.

“I hope my mu­sic is like a bridge that brings cross-cul­tural har­mony and peace,” she ex­plained af­ter her first suc­cess­ful con­cert here in P.E.I. in 2012.

Her com­po­si­tions are richly ex­pressed through a blend of tra­di­tional Chi­nese and western mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, fea­tur­ing beau­ti­ful melodies ar­tic­u­lated by both the choir and in­stru­men­tal­ists; melodies that trans­mit a deep spir­i­tu­al­ity im­bued with Con­fu­cian phi­los­o­phy.

The P.E.I. Sym­phony is hon­oured to per­form with the Dream Lo­tus Choir as part of its ma­jor North Amer­i­can tour this sum­mer. The choir is also per­form­ing in Toronto and New York City.

This con­cert is sure to be a key cul­tural event in P.E.E. this sum­mer,” says a re­lease.

All pro­ceeds from this pro­duc­tion will sup­port the Moon­light Foun­da­tion's ac­tiv­i­ties and char­i­ta­ble causes.

Tick­ets start at $25 with dis­counts avail­able for stu­dents and se­niors. Tick­ets can be pur­chased through the Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre of the Arts web­site and box of­fice. The con­cert be­gins at 3:30 p.m.

For more in­for­ma­tion about this con­cert, visit www.peisym­phony.com, send an in­quiry to mar­ket­ing@peisym­phony.com or call 902-388-6042.


The Dream Lo­tus Choir will share the stage with the P.E.I. Sym­phony Or­ches­tra at the Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre of the Arts on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

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