East meets West

The Sunderman Conservatory of Music's Wind Symphony performs in China and Singapore

The Sunderman Conservatory of Music’s Wind Symphony has embarked on its first international tour, traveling to four cities in China—Beijing, Xi'an, Suzhou, and Shanghai—as well as Singapore over 14 days, from early to mid-January.

While abroad, the students have performed concerts, engaged in cultural outreach, participated in musical exchanges, and visited major points of interest, including the Great Wall in Beijing and the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi'an.

The performance tour, “East Meets West,” made possible by the generous support of Gettysburg College donors, provides students the opportunity to deepen their musical understanding and reinforce excellent performance skills, while introducing the Gettysburgians to a variety of settings and audiences.

Check out a day-by-day recap of the Wind Symphony’s journey:

January 7
Students visited Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven (pictured) in Beijing. They also performed a concert exchange with a local professional jazz band at Beijing Wuzi University and attended a Gettysburg College reception for family and friends. Photos, Student Blog

January 8
The entire group was in awe of the Great Wall--from Pres. Riggs to Prof. Amanda Heim to the students (pictured). The Gettysburgians then enjoyed exploring the Summer Palace, a peking duck dinner, and a spectacular Chinese Acrobatic performance. Photos, Student Blog

January 9
After arriving in Xi'an, the group visited the City Wall and traveled to Shaanxi Normal University, where they met local students and faculty and performed a joint concert (pictured). Photos, Student Blog

January 10
The Conservatory students visited one of the world's most famous archaeological sites, the Qin Dynasty Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses. The group then participated in a calligraphy lesson (pictured) and shopped in the Muslim Quarter, one of China's oldest neighborhoods. Photos, Student Blog

January 11-12
After landing in Shanghai, the students were treated to a special hot pot dinner, visited the Jing'an Temple and a silk factory, and checked-in at a variety of retail shops, sweet shops, and gift boutiques along Nanjing Road (pictured). Photos, Student Blog, Student Blog (Jan. 12)

January 13
The group toured the Yuyan Garden and traveled to Shanghai Maritime University for a cultural exchange performance. The Gettysburgians befriended many of the students at the university (pictured) during this unforgettable experience. Photos, Student Blog

Be sure to check back for additional updates on the Wind Symphony's performance tour, "East Meets West." Learn more about the Sunderman Conservatory of Music and like it on Facebook.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Mike Baker, assistant director of communications, 717.337.6521

Posted: Tue, 14 Jan 2014

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