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ONE TRIP OF A LIFETIME 48 students. 4 performances. 3 cities.

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SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

China Tour Summer 2016


48 students, of the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (MYS) embarked on a trip of a lifetime MYS’ China Tour Summer 2016. The group, comprised of interim Music Director, William White, Executive Director Diana Scoggins, & parent chaperones, would visit Beijing, Tianjin, and Qinhuangdao-Beidaihe over eleven days.

What impacted you most about the tour?

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I think just being immersed in a culture so completely different from our own - it was fascinating. Everything, honestly I can't pinpoint one thing, it was all amazing

Day 1: Travel PDX - SEA - PEK

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For all those who joined us, and for all of those who will relive our experience through this photo journal, we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share MYS’ China Tour Summer 2016 with you!

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China Tour Summer 2016


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What impacted you most about the tour?

The different culture and bringing people together through a common medium was extremely fascinating. The people I met along the way were also amazing!

After traveling 16 hours, the MYS China Tour arrived in Beijing, China to be greeted by humid, hot 90-degree weather! Once checked into the hotel, we walked down the street to enjoy a very, tasty dinner of Chinese fast food! Afterwards, everyone was very thankful to get a good night rest!

Day 2: Arrival BEIJING, CHINA

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Students lunched in the Embassy District, right next door to the Polish, Czech, and Slovakian embassies. The afternoon was spent at the Central Conservatory of Beijing, where students had six violin, cello and woodwind Master’s Classes with professors Lu Xin, Chen Xi, and Deng Meng. The day culminated in a joint performance with the Beijing Guang Qu Men High School, complete with a gift exchange and group photos. If it existed, MYS students deserved an Orchestral Medal Of Honor for performing a full concert after being in China just 24 hours, with a 15-hour time change to boot!

Day 3: Performance

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A highlight of the trip for many – the students performed a concert on the Great Wall at Juyong Pass. Afterwards, the group explored the wall. It was hard to believe that it was entirely man-made! Other sightseeing adventures included the Beijing Jade Carving Exhibition Center to watch artisans work with the precious the gemstone and the 2008 Olympic Village to see the Bird’s Nest and explore the Water Cube, sites of the swimming and track events. Before a dinner of China’s famed Peking Duck, the group took part in a tea ceremony that included tasting a variety of unique teas that the group never knew exsisted!

Day 4: Performance

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The difference in culture from America was very interesting to observe. The level of respect was different and everyone had a role in society.

Next, the group traveled to Tianjin, where they performed in one of the most acoustically beautiful concert halls they’d ever seen. As Day 5 marked the birthday of the Communist party, the audience experienced the performance free of charge; for many this was their first opportunity to listen to a classical music performance. How in keeping with the mission and spirit of MYS! After dinner, students wandered the waterfront near their hotel. Together with ferry boats, and a gigantic Ferris wheel, food vendors, Chinese folk dancing, karaoke, and guitarists enlivened the area!

Day 5: Performance TIANJIN

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On the road early, the MYS tour made their way to Qinhuangdao - Beidaihe, right on the Bohai Sea. The travel included the discovery of strawberry Oreos at a Chinese rest-stop. The hotel in Beidaihe was filled with character and was a short walk to the beach, lined with small shops along the shore. Much of the signage was translated into Russian to accommodate the many Russian vacationers! Students swam in the sea. That night they refueled with an evening barbeque on the beach, complete with volleyball and a DJ!

Day 6: Travel

QINHUANGDAO-BEIDAIHE

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Before visiting Shanhai Pass, MYS headed to the Old Dragon Head, the very beginning of the Great Wall. Here, the Wall resembles a dragon head as it reaches into the ocean.

I loved meeting the University students because it was a parallel to home for me these students are my age, doing the same things, and I just loved trying to converse with them.

At the request of the Communist Party, the concert venue was switched from the People’s Cultural Theatre to Northeast University at Qinhuangdao. This impromptu switch ended up being one of the trip’s highlights! The 1,500-person hall was filled with students who quickly began to assist as stage and sound managers. Afterwards, MYS students heard a spontaneous performance from students in the University’s Orchestra of Ancient Instruments.

Day 7: Performance NORTHEAST UNIVERSITY AT QINHUANGDAO

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I really appreciated spending so much time with MYS students. I barely knew anyone before the tour, and I left with some new friends, even close ones.

The next day was spent traveling back to Beijing. In the evening, the MYS tour group enjoyed a Beijing Acrobatic show with tumbling, bicycle riding, and multiple motorcycles racing top to bottom inside a giant steel ball. After so much excitement, a relaxing dinner and swimming at the hotel pool completed the night.

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Day 8: Travel

BACK TO BEIJING

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A day of exploration began with a visit to TianAnMen Square, the largest open plaza in the world, accommodating half a million people at one time. Next was the Forbidden City, followed by the former Imperial Palace for the 24 Emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasty. Originally puzzled that half of the Forbidden City was roped off to tourists, the MYS group soon learned why, as the Prime Minister of Greece came through for a vist! At the Shishahai Lakeside District, the group hopped in rickshaws to tour the old town of Beijing, the Hutong area. That evening, dinner took place in 2 homes. One chef’s grandfather, also a cook, had prepared for the last emperor.

Day 9: Exlporation BEIJING

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On their last day, MYS visited the Summer Palace, a resort for the Royal Family, followed by the Panda Zoo and a visit to a silk store to see how silkworms make silk. After a lunch of dumplings, the MYS group toured the Temple of Heaven, where the ancient Emperors worshiped Heaven and prayed for good harvests. Back at the Lakeside region, students picked out souvenirs for friends and family and sat along the lake soaking up their last hours in China.

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Day 10: Exlporation BEIJING

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I was impacted by seeing how lifestyles differ and are similar across the world from us.

I am so grateful to have come on this trip! It was an experience I shall always remember!

It was my first time abroad!

Having said goodbye to their tour guides, the MYS tour group boarded the plane. The 2016 Summer China Tour had come to an end, but the cultural and musical experience will stay with these MYS students as they continue to grow – both as musicians and as global citizens. “The most impactful part this trip was meeting other students and getting to hear their perspective on where they live and their daily life. We got to experience it all, from walking around in the older neighborhoods and the high rises to exploring shopping districts and trying different food. I enjoyed getting to know my MYS community better and now I'm going to miss everyone!”

Day 11: Departure PEK - SEA - PDX

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SPECIAL THANKS: Chaperones Aimee Virnig Milton Kokubun Evan Wilde Melinda Wilde Annette Swartz Teri Simpson Jennie Lee Adrienne Greaves Tracy Bolsinger

Tracy Hamer Barry Fowler Fariba Tehranchi Ross Barbieri Diana Scoggins, Executve Dirctor Will White, Interim Music Director

Students Griffin Barbieri Elsa Batten Maggie Benware Xander Collins Tommy Cohen Margaux Delaney Orion Dittler Dawn Dravis Liam Dubay Barry Fowler Trudi Frost Ian Galbraith Tina Glausi Whitney Hamer Lindsay Hanlon Nathan Hartson Edmund Hsu Theodore Ilie Maxwell Ilie

Nicholas Jafari Levi Sy Aparna Jayakumar Grace Tran Shanea Jorden Isabelle Turner Andrew Kokubun Tianna Vanderwey Grant Kresge Rylan Virnig Cammie Lee Alexander Wilde Phyllis Liao Hannah Weinstein Molly Long Eliott Wells Kieran McLain Amy Young Katie Palka Kathryn Putz Emma Raper MacKenzie Ray Julia Richards Louisa Rux Erick Sanguino Kyler Stanion Shannon Stein Marcus Rojas-Sanders

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