WKU Collaboration through a Whole New Lens – Part #1.1

First, it was just one short year ago, President Ransdell put the plan in motion to have the Symphony at WKU to perform in China.  While his intention was for more than just one reason, the fundamental purpose is to increase international participation in the Symphony at WKU program led by Dr. Bill Scott.  Thus, plans began to construct a cohesive learning experience for the students in the orchestra, in addition, to performing on the biggest stage in many of these young individuals’ life.  Through partnerships with Chinese universities connected with the Confucius Institute at WKU, initially three venues were chosen for the symphony to perform with a fourth addition added this past February.  In addition, a simultaneous plan was taking place to take approximately 20 – 25 WKU alumni/donors to China.  Thus, on May 12, a total of 78 individuals took flight to China.  The opening performance commenced on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 on the campus of North China Electric Power University, and started in high fashion with the playing of the Chinese National Anthem, followed by one of the most beloved performances in the Butterfly Lovers’ Concerto.  The Symphony at WKU performed in front of a crowd of 1,200 students, faculty, and delegates from Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters, who begged for an encore at the conclusion, in which the Symphony at WKU quickly answered.

The Symphony at WKU at NCEPU. Photo by Bryan Lemon
The Symphony at WKU at NCEPU.
Photo by Bryan Lemon

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