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On May 12-26, 2013, the Commonwealth's oldest symphony orchestra of 104 years, The Symphony at WKU, took its first international concert tour to China, under the musical direction of Dr. Bill Scott. While on this 15-day tour, WKU student symphony musicians had the opportunity to perform at several of our Chinese host institutions, to act as musical ambassadors, to visit historical and cultural landmarks and to better understand the world of their future. The students visited the Great Wall of China, Yu Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai Museum, Western Qing Tombs, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Terra Cotta Warrior Museum, including the cities of Beijing, Xi'an, Baoding and Shanghai. The concert tour provided Chinese students and audiences with the opportunity to interact with an American symphony orchestra and to hear a new American composition by WKU's Michael Kallstrom, in addition to traditional classics, works by Chinese composers and American movie music. Guest artists from the Chinese host institutions of North China Electric Power University and Hebei University joined the The Symphony at WKU for joint performances at each of the concerts.
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