Cantonese Music: Where East meets West

gaohuIn collaboration with the Asian Library, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is pleased to present Cantonese Music: Where East meets West from October 1 to December 15, 2009.  Westernization has been a major process in Chinese music since the beginning of the 20th century, illustrated by the adoption of Western harmony, counterpoint and performance practices. Western elements have also influenced the design of instruments, introducing new sonorities to traditional texture.

This exhibit includes samples of hammer dulcimers, two-stringed fiddles, three-stringed lutes and a zither, along with scores. It’s believed that Steven Lee, who was an active member in Vancouver’s Chinese community in the 1940s and 1950s, collected these instruments.

For images of this display, please find here.