CHINA TOUR 2019
CHINA TOUR 2019
The March 2019 University of Washington Wind Ensemble's 6th Asian tour was an epic undertaking that provided memories for a lifetime for the members of the ensemble. Three cities, three airplanes, three high speed trains, seven concerts - including several side-by-side concerts with wonderful university ensembles including Tsinghua University, the Xi’an Conservatory and Sichuan University - approximately thirty master classes and fantastic sightseeing, all in ten days. Many new friendships were formed and despite the rigorous rehearsal/performance schedule, the students also had the opportunity to visit the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, the Giant Pandas and the Terra Cotta Warriors.
The UW Wind Ensemble is deeply grateful for the support of the UW Confucius Institute, particularly Jun Zhou and Aihua Liao who greatly assisted plans for the Chengdu portion of the trip; Professor Chi Zheng of the Xi’an Conservatory for his tireless work in Xi’an; UW Office of Global Affairs Vice Provost Jeffrey Riedinger; the UW Office of International Advancement, Ray Li, Director; UW School of Music building administrator, Douglas Mathews and office administrator Claire Peterson. And our deepest appreciation to UW alumni Dr. Zhao-Rong Chen, professor of flute at the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing.
The UW Wind Ensemble is also very grateful to Ben Lulich, principal clarinet of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and UW School of Music faculty member, for not only playing the Navarro clarinet concerto on every tour concert but also for his tremendous assistance in helping with the details of the trip, particularly during our time in Xi’an.
Articles about the trip can be found at these links: