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Gods in My Home: Opening Celebration and Concert


Gods in My Home: Opening Celebration and Concert

ROM Speaks Chinese New Year Celebration

Join us to celebrate Chinese New Year and the opening of the ROM original exhibition, Gods in My Home: Chinese New Year with Ancestor Portraits and Deity Prints. Guests will experience a lively New Year Lion Dance with performers from the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, followed by a rare Canadian concert performance by Chinese erhu virtuoso George Gao. This special evening concert will be followed by an exclusive sneak peak of the exhibition and an elegant Chinese cuisine cocktail reception.

Performer: George Gao
Gemini-award nominated Canadian musician George Gao started learning erhu at the age of six and went on to study at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Today, he is a world-renowned erhu performer and a renaissance man who has written and arranged music for films, television and Broadway musicals. At the same time, he is also a producer to many global musicians and artists. George Gao is also known for his superior musicianship and for being one of the most innovative and representative fiddlers of his generation.

George Gao has written for Canadian films and television advertisements. Collaborating with 20-time Grammy award winning artist and composer Brian Keane, he worked on the soundtrack to the three-part documentary, Becoming American – The Chinese Experience, penning music for American network giant PBS. George Gao has also composed the following erhu masterpieces: Erhu Capriccio, Erhu Capriccio No. 2 – Mongolian Fantasy and Erhu Capriccio No. 3 – Dazzling Movement, Erhu Capriccio No. 4 – Gobi Fantasy, Erhu Capriccio No. 5 – Nakhi. The five works have been universally acknowledged as contemporary erhu classics, and are frequently used as set pieces for important national and international erhu competitions.

Program includes post-event reception with 1 host drink.

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