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A Note from Co-Managing Director Joyce Hinton

All in the Family


Marsalis. Shankar. Guthrie. The 2015/16 Chan Centre Presents series features names that have reigned over the music world for decades.

“Besides having music in my blood, I heard music night and day,” says Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club’s Eliades Ochoa. It’s a statement that surely rings true for many other artists who will visit the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts this year – artists who embrace their family names and long musical lineages while daring to move beyond them.

As I curated this series, I began to see these connections across generations. Senegal’s Youssou N’Dour is a singer who tackles relevant, contemporary issues in a way that unmistakably harks back to his griot heritage of sung history and social commentary; Anoushka Shankar continues to blaze beyond her father’s path of modernizing the sitar; and celebrated Portuguese singer Carminho, having been soaked in the fado music of her famous mother, now brings her own expressive voice and emotions to audiences worldwide. I invite you to experience the assemblage of their music, talent, brilliance, and conviction, as they continue to redefine these legacies on the Chan Centre stage.

Speaking of legacies, in 2015/16 the University of British Columbia marks 100 years since both its first intake of students and its first graduating class. In this centennial year celebrating students and alumni, I hope you will take in some of the wonderful programming by talented student ensembles from the UBC School of Music, as well as the many vibrant events and exhibits that take place throughout the Arts and Culture District here on campus.

Fellow Co-Managing Director Cameron McGill and I are excited to embark on another year of performances that will create lasting legacies of their own. We look forward to welcoming you.


Joyce Hinton
Co-Managing Director
Curator of the Chan Centre Presents series


Sun Apr 26, 2015