East meets west on Sunday August 2nd, with a performance of the internationally renowned Dream Lotus Choir with our PEI 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 PEI 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 their native Taiwan from Taipei to Kaohsiung. As their reputation grew the choir ventured to Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore, and then across the Pacific Ocean to North America. Their 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 PEI’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 PEI.
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, Master 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 PEI 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 PEI Symphony is honoured to perform with the wonderful Dream Lotus Choir from Taiwan, as part of their 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 PEI this summer.
All proceeds from this production will support the Moonlight Foundation’s activities and charitable causes. Tickets start from $25.00 with discounts available for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased through the Confederation Centre of the Arts website and boxoffice.
The concert begins at 3:30pm!