KSU Symphony Orchestra: China Tour 2011


The Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra has been invited to perform a three-concert tour in Beijing and Xi’an, China from December 31, 2010-January 7, 2011. Seventy-five students and eight faculty and staff will participate. The orchestra was invited after submitting a recording with an application to perform in the new concert hall in Xi’an. After that acceptance, we were also invited to perform shared concerts at the Central Conservatory in Beijing and at Jiao Tong University.


In addition to their own performances, the KSU students will have the opportunity to meet other music students, watch them perform, and learn about how music is studied in China. The students will also observe an elementary school music class, attend a Chinese opera performance, and see important cultural sites in Beijing and Xi’an including the Great Wall, Beijing Cloisonne Factory, Tian An Men Square, the Forbidden City, Imperial Palace, and the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum.


China is one of the most important countries in the classical music world today. Orchestral music is wildly popular. As part of the concerts, KSU students will perform the music of Chen Yi, one of the most important Chinese composers in the world today and a graduate of the Central Conservatory in Beijing. Furthermore, KSU students will observe and interact with Chinese musicians and learn the unique teaching philosophies and history of music in China.


In addition to the piece by Chen Yi, the orchestra will also perform "West Side Story" by Leonard Bernstein, Symphony #4 by Tchaikovsky, and "Escapades" from "Catch Me If You Can" by John Williams that will feature guest soloists Sam Skelton and John Lawless. The KSU Symphony Orchestra is directed by Michael Alexander.

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