The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia (UBC) announces its 2019/20 series, featuring empowering narratives from marginalized communities, vibrant exaltations of multiculturalism, and breathtaking musicality in the Chan Shun Concert Hall. Over the course of nine concerts, extraordinary talent from around the world will converge in Vancouver, including an icon of Americana, the height of jazz royalty, and a compelling Norwegian songstress.
The 2019/20 Chan Centre Presents series includes:
Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 8pm
A true icon of roots music, Rosanne Cash’s first album in five years, She Remembers Everything, offers a poetic reckoning with feminist rage, trauma, love, and mortality.
Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 8pm
Bringing to life the rich sound of her native Sámi language, vocalist Mari Boine has cultivated a following with her trailblazing sound that harmonizes shamanic beats with bold expressionism.
Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 8pm
Eastern European quartet DakhaBrakha presents their brand of “ethno chaos,” melding together Ukrainian folk music with Indian, Arabic, African, Russian, and Australian instrumentation.
FLAMENCO LEGENDS: THE PACO DE LUCÍA PROJECT
Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 8pm
Paying tribute to their former bandleader, the Flamenco Legends project celebrates the late guitarist Paco de Lucía with an evening of incredible music and dance that delves into his rich legacy.
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 8pm
Old Havana comes to life with this 13-piece ensemble that brings together Cuba’s top musicians and the best of New York’s Latin music scene. The golden era of mambo is revived in this deeply soulful collaboration that includes inimitable vocalist José “Pepito” Gómez, channelling the big bands of the 1940s and 1950s.
WE SHALL OVERCOME: A CELEBRATION OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 8pm
Pianist, conductor, composer, arranger, and arts educator Damien Sneed commemorates Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy with a vibrant, multi-genre performance. The Sphinx Medal of Excellence-winner weaves a lush tapestry of music and culture with recordings from Dr. King’s speeches and critically acclaimed guests from gospel, classical, jazz, spirituals, and Broadway.
DIANNE REEVES: BELEZA BRAZIL
Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 7pm
Dianne Reeves explores the sounds of South America in her brand new project Beleza Brazil (“the beauty of Brazil”). Reeves lends her timeless voice and commanding presence to a verdant program that explores both Brazilian popular song and the traditional influences of the country’s music legends.
LA SANTA CECILIA
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 8pm
Inspired by Pan-American influences while drawing on their own Mexican heritage, LA-based band La Santa Cecilia embodies the bicultural nature of life in the US.
KALABANTÉ: AFRIQUE EN CIRQUE
Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 8pm
Montreal-based Guinean Yamoussa Bangoura imports the athleticism, agility, and animation of African music and arts by fusing them with European circus traditions in his stunning multidisciplinary performances. With his 12-member troupe, the artistic director imbues a sense of youthful joy in his productions that highlight multiculturalism.
Single tickets for the 2019/20 Chan Centre Presents and Beyond Words series go on sale at 12pm (noon) on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.
Subscription packages for both series are on sale and will feature a variety of flexible, cost-saving packages including complete nine-concert subscriptions as well as three-concert and six-concert packages.
Tickets and subscriptions can be purchased in the following ways:
• Online at www.chancentre.com
• By phoning (604) 822-2697, Tuesday–Saturday, 12–5pm.
• In person at the Chan Centre ticket office, 6265 Crescent Road, UBC (Tuesday–Saturday): 12–5pm. *The Chan Centre ticket office is closed on Sundays, Mondays, and statutory holidays.
Image of Rosanne Cash by Michael Lavine
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