Day Three in Kunming

I think it is safe to say the everyone is really enjoying their time in Kunming. The band is really starting to sound great as the multiple performances and rest have all contributed to and ensemble that plays as one. Tours are so important for ensembles. We often have few rehearsals and then perform works once. A tour allows the ensemble to really come together and play beyond the notes on the page. It is a wonderful experience that cannot be described but only experience. Having the opportunity to get to know the members of the ensemble, find out about their families and lives and then join together and focus on playing music as one is magical. With each performance I find something new about the music and a deeper insight, regardless what the piece is.

Our visit to the World Expo Horticultural Exposition was fabulous. Yes there were plants but what I found to be the most interesting was the focus on the different provinces of China. Each was represented by displays of buildings and art unique to that area. It really gave me a stronger interest in finding out more about China.

We had a break from the hotel restaurant and went to a beautiful restaurant close by. All the meals are a production. After having some appetizers they brought us bowls of boiling broth to which we added meat, vegetables and spice along with noodles. Was tasty and refreshing. Chops sticks work fine for the noodles but we all enjoyed lifting the bowl to our lips and drinking from our bowl as well. It may not be proper in the US but is part of eating in China.

Today many of us will be going to the Minority Villiage. I have failed to study up on it ahead of time so will be a new experience for me. As I understand a large number of minority cultures and represented. Many spend a whole day there. We will only spend a small amount of time.

Tonight will be an important performance. The concert will be video taped for our purposes. There will be five cameras working. We will be able to use the video for our promotion and each of us will be able to get a copy. We are all a bit concerned about getting back to the hotel early enough in the afternoon to get some rest before the concert.

I will post some more videos and photos as I get a chance. It takes a little time to edit and I get to busy seeing the city to properly post and document so be patient. I am uploading photos to http://www.meolson.smugmug as quickly as I can and to do so am leaving out comments but will add them in time.

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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1 Response to Day Three in Kunming

  1. Tom Lee says:

    Hi, Mark: Just catching up on your blog posts, photos and videos…looks like it’s been a great trip, and well documented! The outdoor market in Kunming is especially fascinating—as much for the similarities to the U.S. markets (like the knife demo!) as for the differences (is that FOOD they’re selling?). Looks like you’re having good weather, too; so far you’ve escaped a major blizzard that hit the mid-Atlantic and New England on Christmas weekend…with more to come THIS weekend. Very quiet at the office on this first day back at work. Keep those posts coming, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

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