Hiram – The 2015 Watson Memorial Concert will feature   the Orchid Ensemble, a Vancouver-based Chinese music trio which blends ancient musical instruments and traditions from China and beyond.  They create a beautiful new sound, both creative and distinct.  Acclaimed by Georgia Straight as “One of the brightest blossoms on the world music scene,” the Orchid Ensemblehas been tirelessly developing an innovative musical genre based on the cultural exchange between Western and Asian musicians.  Their 2004 release, “Road to Kashgar”, received a Best of World Music Juno Award nomination.  The Orchid Ensemble collaborates on a regular basis with musicians from a wide variety of world cultures. They actively commission new works from Canadian and U.S. composers, focusing on their unique instrumentation.  In that spirit, this concert program will feature a premier by Dawn Sonntag, Associate Professor of Music at Hiram  College and member of the Cleveland Composers’ Guild, for the ensemble with the Hiram Chamber Singers.

Come explore the World of Music…in Music.

The concert will take place Friday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Hayden Auditorium, which is directly across the street from the Kennedy Center, located at 11730 St. Rte 700, Hiram, OH 44234.