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CULTURAL CENTER &
Cultural Center is a leading Chinese arts organization in the UK. It organizes and produces numerous events in the realm of
performing arts, including two major
annual festivals: The Chinese Moon Festival (Sept.) and the Chinese New
Year Festival (Jan.-Feb.). In addition, it administers the London
Chinese Orchestra (LCO) and
the Chinese Dance & Mime Theater Company.
The tour premiered at the South Bank Center, under the title New Approaches to Musical Tradition. It introduced an ensemble that included five LCO members (performing on pipa, erhu, dizi, guzheng and yangqing), a string trio, a mixture of Chinese and Latin-American percussion, and a series of synthesizer modules and pre-recorded tapes. Pantelis conducted the orchestra, touring London for two months in a variety of venues that included concert halls (e.g. the "Purcell Room," Royal Festival Hall), as well as popular night clubs (e.g. "HQ," Camden Lock). The material was recorded at Gateway Studios and was distributed under the title "Rites of Passage."