Fashion Meets Opera and Symphony in Orient Expressione at River Rock Show Theatre

Why not mix fashion and model catwalk with opera and symphony and presents both as a double bill at a performance arts theatre?

That was what the Vancouver International Fashion Model and Beauty Pageant and Orient Expressione did with pop-opera & Classical music starring tenors Jack Li and Richard Tyce with the Solstice Symphony Orchestra conducted by Albania-born maestro Bujar LLapaj. Other invited guests included soprano Caitlin Robinson, singer/songwriter Rachel Landrecht, singer Riley McMitchell and 2010 Dance World Cup Canada Gold Medalist Travis Lim. The event took place on December 05, 2010 at the River Rock Show Theatre in Richmond BC. The fashion and beauty pageant were actually held concurrently while the opera and symphony was in session and during recess as well.

It seems like a good idea that makes sense and there have been recent examples of that as well.

Earlier this year at the New York city hall, The Mercedes Benz Fashion Week (or New York Fashion Week) announced that for the first time ever it will host the biannual event at the Lincoln Centre, home to the renowned Metropolitan Opera house and American Ballet Theatre. About 1,000 stores signed up to participate in the New York Fashion Night Out which included a fashion show on September 7th at Lincoln Center. Fashion icon Anna Wintour, Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger, Mary-Kate Olsen, Marc Jacobs, up-and-rising designer Alexander Wang etc. were on hand at the press conference with NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg describing the event as “the nexus between the visual arts and the performing arts.”

Just last year, the Boston Symphony Orchestra organized Project Tchaikovsky, a competition in which young designers created couture based in response to the Russian composer’s work such as Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and the 1812 Overture.

Many consider fashion to be a cultural arts anyway, so maybe we shall see more of this kind of fusion between fashion and fine arts that some regard as a desirable combination.

Vancouver International Fashion Model & Beauty Pageant, Fashion Meets Opera and Symphony in Orient Expressione at River Rock Show Theatre

Vancouver International Fashion Model & Beauty Pageant, Fashion Meets Opera and Symphony in Orient Expressione at River Rock Show Theatre

Vancouver International Fashion Model & Beauty Pageant, Fashion Meets Opera and Symphony in Orient Expressione at River Rock Show Theatre

Vancouver International Fashion Model & Beauty Pageant, Fashion Meets Opera and Symphony in Orient Expressione at River Rock Show Theatre

Vancouver International Fashion Model & Beauty Pageant, Fashion Meets Opera and Symphony in Orient Expressione at River Rock Show Theatre

Rachel Landrecht and Richard Tyce, Fashion Meets Opera and Symphony in Orient Expressione at River Rock Show Theatre, Vancouver International Fashion Model and Beauty Pageant

Jack Li & Richard Tyce, Fashion Meets Opera and Symphony in Orient Expressione at River Rock Show Theatre, Vancouver International Fashion Model and Beauty Pageant

Jack Li sings In That Place Far Far Away, Fashion Meets Opera and Symphony in Orient Expressione at River Rock Show Theatre, Vancouver International Fashion Model and Beauty Pageant

Two hosts, Fashion Meets Opera and Symphony in Orient Expressione at River Rock Show Theatre, Vancouver International Fashion Model and Beauty Pageant

Rachel Landrecht, Fashion Meets Opera and Symphony in Orient Expressione at River Rock Show Theatre, Vancouver International Fashion Model and Beauty Pageant

Vancouver International Fashion Model & Beauty Pageant 2010, Fashion Meets Opera and Symphony in Orient Expressione at River Rock Show Theatre

Vancouver International Fashion Model & Beauty Pageant 2010, Fashion Meets Opera and Symphony in Orient Expressione at River Rock Show Theatre

Rachel Landrecht, Fashion Meets Opera and Symphony in Orient Expressione at River Rock Show Theatre, Vancouver International Fashion Model and Beauty Pageant

Caitlin Robinson & Richard Tyce, Fashion Meets Opera and Symphony in Orient Expressione at River Rock Show Theatre, Vancouver International Fashion Model and Beauty Pageant

Richard Tyce serenade audience member (in widnow frame), Fashion Meets Opera and Symphony in Orient Expressione at River Rock Show Theatre, Vancouver International Fashion Model and Beauty Pageant

Caitlin Robinson, Fashion Meets Opera and Symphony in Orient Expressione at River Rock Show Theatre, Vancouver International Fashion Model and Beauty Pageant

Vancouver International Fashion Model and Beauty Pageant, Solstice Symphony orchestra, Fashion Meets Opera and Symphony in Orient Expressione at River Rock Show Theatre
[Photos by Ray Van Eng/V21 Media]
River Rock Show Theatre 8811 River Road, Richmond BC

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