David Y.H Lui

We were extremely saddened to hear yesterday of the passing of David Y. H. Lui. Lui has been a leading figure in this province’s arts community for over 40 years. As stated in a 2006 Vancouver Sun article, he was widely considered “the dean of the fine and performing arts on the West Coast.”

Says our Executive Director Howard Jang, “David had a history of many associations with the Arts Club’s early days and of course Bill could describe them to you quite eloquently. For me, David has been a friend and a mentor my whole career.  He was the founder of Ballet BC and was the acting GM when I was appointed in 1993.  He was always a good friend, confidante, and a true teacher. He was the definition of an impresario, a true champion for artists, and a believer of the arts. A sad day for our community but an amazing contribution to the arts in Vancouver and Canada.”

Says Artistic Managing Director Bill Millerd, “The history of the Arts Club Theatre Company would be very different without the production of  “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well…” that David Y.H. Lui  presented at the Seymour Street Arts Club opening in 1972, which went on to run for seven months. As well as putting the Arts Club on the theatrical map in Vancouver, the musical revue introduced to audiences the talents of Leon Bibb, Ann Mortifee, Ruth Nichol, and Pat Rose under the direction of Richard Ouzounian. He will be sorely missed.”

For more on Lui, please check out this Vancouver Sun article.

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One Response to David Y.H Lui

  1. SUSAN WEISS says:

    David Y. H. Lui inspired and encouraged so many of us to follow our dreams and aspirations in the arts.

    I count myself lucky to have met him; benefited from his knowledge, experience and wisdom!

    The words, “yoooou know, the show must on” are my favourite – simply, thank you, Mr. David Y.H. Lui.

    Susan Weiss

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