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BLOG POST #2 (5/27/2011) On the plane to L.A.!

June 17, 2011 by smvolk

So I’ve never really been into blog posts since live-journal where I learned the hard way that what you put on the Internet stays there and is accessible to anyone. And that anyone can read it and even if they don't have the option to post a comment they will surely still form an opinion on whatever you wrote. (At least in America — thank you 1st amendment and less Internet censorship)

Eating Fried Eggs with Chopsticks

June 3, 2011 by jlym

While the title of this final entry (for me) was going to be the working title for an eventual longer memoir, I realize now that the likelihood of me finishing a full-fledged personal account of the tour is as likely as me buying a large Lazy Susan for my table and serving a parade of dishes to my guests, ending only with a slice of watermelon. Instead, I'll use it as the lead-in to a summary of the food we faced (and devoured) along the way.

395 Try this before your first cup of coffee.

There and Back Again

June 2, 2011 by graserdj

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In a particularly impromptu interview given during our preparations for this trip, I mentioned that the main thing I was looking for from this tour was, "the goose-bump-effect." That is, that wonderful physical reaction when your mental and emotional faculties are overrun with a particularly powerful moment or experience in music. I can say now that the tour is finished and the processing has begun in my mind, that I got what I was looking for.

Home with Gratitude and Great Memories!

June 2, 2011 by mlhaith

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I have learned, or re-learned, many things in the 48 hours I have been home.  I knew I missed my bed during the tour, but I forgot how much I missed my pillow.  My wife rearranged the contents of the kitchen cabinets in my absence, so finding the coffee supplies was an early morning adventure on Tuesday.  The flowers blooming in the backyard are really beautiful, the accompanying weeds are not so delightful.

Disney Finale: Four Composers and More Than a Few Tears

June 1, 2011 by claguem

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360 Exterior of Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall on the day we arrived in L.A.

Dean Christopher Kendall—Refections on the 2011 Symphony Band Tour

June 1, 2011 by ckndll

359 L.A.'s Disney Concert Hall, just after the band's concertFollowing the Band's triumphant performance and the prolonged, standing ovation at Disney Hall Sunday night, it would be tempting to say of the 2011 U-M Symphony Band international tour "it's a wrap." But we have the direct evidence of our 1961 tour alumni to remind us that these things are occasions for life-long learning; the effects never end. None of us will ever forget this extraordinary journey.

The Power of Music Education: Our Visit to YOLA

May 29, 2011 by claguem

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353 U-M Symphony Band Members and YOLA Musicians Pose for a Group Picture 5.28.11One of the most powerful movements in music education today is Venezuala's El Sistema, a Venezuelan public health initiative that has created one of the most dynamic ensembles in the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra as well as one of the world's most dynamic conductors in Gustavo Dudamel. As a product of this youth development program, Dudamel has nurtured YOLA—the "Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles"—as the LA Phil's own El Sistema-inspired project.


May 28, 2011 by sliving

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Our five days in Beijing went very quickly, and I’ve now only had the time to do the visit justice in this bloated blog post.  The band is now in LA, having travelled in two separate groups.  When we arrived, we were pretty disoriented.

Xi'an Photos

May 28, 2011 by gilmorel

Xi'an was gorgeous and felt almost like a Chinese Las Vegas (minus the casinos). Here's a glimpse of the Terracotta Warriors and more.

352 I don't know who was going to buy furs when it was 90 degrees out

351 Terracotta Warriors!

350 They're so perfectly organized!

349 There are a lot of them

348 The city wall was spectacular!

347 We got to ride bikes on it!!!!

345 View of Xi'an down the outside of the city wall

344 The All Day Happy Mall reminded us most of Vegas...

343 Complete with video columns!

Shanghai Photos

May 28, 2011 by gilmorel

Here's a few more (late) photos from our time in Shanghai!

341 An interesting mix of old and new

340 There were so many t-shirts we wanted to buy!

339 We went to the top of the one on the right (SWFC)

338 That USED to be the tallest building in Shanghai...

337 I'm pretty sure I felt queasy for them...

336 Shanghai Grand Theatre

335 The historic Bund on the Huangpo River

334 Lots of new clarinet friends at Shanghai Jiaotong University

333 Combing the streets for bakeries and bubble tea

332 Shanghai view from the tallest observation deck in the world!

331 Pudong at night seen from the river cruise

330 Looking at Pudong from The Bund

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