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Innovative world music group in concert at WMU

by Tonya Durlach

Sept. 14, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Orchid Ensemble.
Orchid Ensemble in concert Sept. 28
KALAMAZOO--Innovative world music group Orchid Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Dalton Center Recital Hall on the campus of Western Michigan University.

Dr. Dan Jacobson, WMU professor of music, will lead a pre-concert discussion beginning at 7 p.m.

General admission tickets are $12, $10 for seniors and $5 for WMU students. They are available at the door and through the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office at, (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858.

The Canadian-based Orchid Ensemble includes: Lan Tung on the erhu, or Chinese violin; Yu-Chen Wang on the zheng, or Chinese zither; and Jonathan Bernard on percussion. The ensemble blends ancient musical instruments and traditions from China and beyond, creating what the Georgia Straight calls "One of the brightest blossoms on the world music scene."

The ensemble has embraced a variety of musical styles to its repertoire, ranging from traditional and contemporary Chinese and world music to jazz and creative improvisation. Orchid Ensemble has been hard at work developing an innovative musical genre based on the cultural exchange between Western and Asian musicians. Learn more about the group at

The Sept. 28 performance is part of the Dalton Wed@7:30pm: Live and Interactive concert series presented by the WMU School of Music under the auspices of the Bullock Music Performance Institute. Concerts are held on Wednesdays and showcase guest artists, WMU faculty artists and ensembles, and WMU student groups. Each concert is preceded by a 7 p.m. discussion led by Dr. Dan Jacobson, WMU professor of music.

For more information, visit or contact Matt Jensen in the WMU School of Music at or (269) 387-4678.