Tour Blog

Shanghai Oriental Art Center

Our fourth and final concert on the 2014 CYSO Tour of China was a huge success! Over 1,600 people attended the show at the beautiful Shanghai Oriental Art Center (lovingly called SHOAC).The program for this concert included Long’s The Rhyme of Taigu, Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements, Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra, and of course, Por Una Cabeza and the E.T. …
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Shanghai – the Last City

We started our time in Shanghai with a visit to the Bund, or riverfront. It was a rainy day – the first really wet day we experienced on tour, besides the quick shower we got at the Great Wall. But, that didn’t stop us from enjoying our first walk in the city.Shanghai is both historic and modern at the same …
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Hangzhou – China’s Paradise

Our time in Hangzhou was even shorter than in Xi’an, but we were still able to enjoy fabulous outings and another great concert. We arrived late Wednesday evening and headed straight to the hotel. Then, we woke up early Thursday morning to get started with a boat ride on beautiful West Lake.It was an overcast day, but somehow the mist …
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The Eighth Wonder of the World

Our final morning in Xi’an was all about terra cotta. We started with a visit to a Terra Cotta Workshop.We had some fun pretending to be terra cotta soldiers…… then learned how the artisans in the workshop create the miniature terra cotta soldier figurines.It was very interesting learning how terra cotta soldiers are made today and then imagining how the …
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Xi’an – City Two

Our time in Xi’an was short, but sweet. We arrived on an overnight train, visited a great museum, ate a delicious dumpling lunch, presented another fabulous concert, and saw the Eighth Wonder of the World – the Terra Cotta Soldiers Museum. All of this in less than 36 hours! After our exchange with the China Conservatory students, we headed to …
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Joint Concert with Chinese Musicians

Our time in Beijing definitely ended on a high note. Our exchange with local Chinese students from the Middle School attached to China Conservatory was a huge success! It proved, as always, that the language of music has no barriers.The experience, made possible in part by a grant from the MacArthur Foundation, was inspiring for all who had the pleasure …
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