The Grammy Award-winning, Bobby Ferrin, will perform as part of the Chan Centre's next concert series season
The Grammy Award-winning, Bobby Ferrin, will perform as part of the Chan Centre's next concert series season

In a media release, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia announced its 2018/2019 Concert and Beyond Words series.

Included in the eight concerts, are an eclectic mix of musicians from all corners of the globe. Also announced was the 2018/2019 Beyond Words series, featuring two performances focusing on the transformative power of storytelling.

“At a time when the news is filled with international tension, it felt appropriate to place a particular emphasis on some of the most joyous music being created on the world stage,” says Joyce Hinton, co-managing director and curator of the Chan Centre Presents series.

Opening the season is Mexico’s Aida Cuevas in Totalmente Juan Gabirel (Sep 22). Known as ’The Queen of Mariachi’, Cuevas and her band will perform and pay tribute to her late father, signer-songwriter Juan Gabriel.

Also in September comes the Grammy Award-winning folk trio, I’m With Her (Sep 30), consisting of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan.

In October, the first of two Beyond Words concerts features Indigenous artist, Kealoha (Oct 3), in a night of spoken word and slam poetry. That same month, Brass, percussion and vocals meet in a modern spin on traditional Balkan rhythms from eclectic composer Goran Bregovic (Oct 21).

Closing out the year, jazz comes to the Chan Centre stage, with a performance from saxophonist Joshua Redman (Nov 13). The concert honours his father, Dewey Redman, a member of the jazz ensemble Old and New Dreams.

In February, American poet and first-ever African-American winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Gwendolyn Brooks, receives a tribute in the second of the Beyond Words series in No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks (Feb 24). Also in February, the Grammy Award-winning Bobby McFerrin is joined by members of his a cappella group Voicestra and 12 local singers, in Circlesongs (Feb 17).

Next up is five-time Grammy Award-winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo who perform along with Malian musicians, Bassekou Kouyate and Habib Koité (Mar 2).

April concludes the 2018/2019 Chan Centre series with performances by Spain’s Cristina Pratt Quartet (Apr 11) with a fusion of Latin, jazz, pop and contemporary music, and Indian music innovator, Anoushka Shankar (Apr 27), returns to expand on the innovations her father brought to classical Indian music.

You can find more information on the Chan Centre 2018/2019 season online at