Chengdu–Short Visit

And now we are on our way from Chengdu. We arrived yesterday afternoon after having the opportunity to sleep in just a bit. We flew into Chengdu and then took buses to Yaan for a concert. Our hopes to visit the Panda Reserve and rehearse changed as we arrived in town late and needed to do a sound check. The concert was recorded and televised. This was part of the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the incorporation of Yaan and so there was lots of government support for the concert. Despite a rushed schedule the band played well and were well received. As with the audience in Yinchuan they didn’t applaud much but were very appreciated and seemed to really enjoy the performance. My only regret now is that we don’t have more time to interact with the people and visit with them. Time and language barriers prevent that.

And now on to our next destination. We arrived at the hotel last night after 1:00 am (I think we got a little lost on the way). After a short night we woke at 4:30 am and on our way to the airport. Everyone is looking forward to being at the same hotel for the next 4 nights and getting time to sight see and relax.

Piano moving

This is how they move a piano.

About Mark Olson

I am a conductor and trumpet performer. I am Assistant Director of Bands at Harvard University. I also conduct the Middlesex Concert Band and play in the Metropolitan Wind Symphony as well as the New Sousa Band.
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