University Singers, China 2016 - Day 2 (May 20, 2016)
It’s 10:15 pm on Friday. Today was a long and busy day. We started the day with breakfast in our hotel on the SDUT campus. After breakfast we checked out of the hotel and went to a masterclass with one of the university’s choirs. It was an incredibly interesting experience for us (and hopefully for the Chinese students as well). We were able to share a little about our rehearsal process as well as some stylistic elements of our American music. We sang several pieces for them and then switched places and the Chinese choir performed some of their music for us. Their director had a presentation prepared that explained the history of Chinese choral music and several performance practice techniques. She demonstrated how the Chinese language is difficult to sing because of the inflections of the voice required for correct pronunciation as well as the many consonants that are not typically used in our Western culture. After the masterclass we were taken to the same place we had dinner yesterday and were served lunch. The hospitality we have received has been absolutely amazing. We have eaten so much delicious food in the past two days! Every meal has been served with at least 10-15 separate dishes of traditional Chinese cuisine. After lunch, we loaded the bus and made the drive from Zibo to Qufu, which is the hometown of ancient Chinese philosopher, Confucius. We toured the Confucius family graveyard (over 100,000 graves, some dating back to the 5th century B.C., and in some places there are five layers of graves stacked upon one another). Finally, we checked into our hotel in Qufu (which is unbelievably nice) and were served dinner shortly after arriving. Our guide, Mr. Yu, took us on a walking tour of the city at night and then we returned to relax in the hotel. Tomorrow we will be doing a little more sight seeing in Qufu. We will then drive back to the airport in Jinan (about 3 hours away) and fly to Chongqing tomorrow evening.
After breakfast we checked out of the hotel and went to a masterclass with one of the university’s choirs.
We have eaten so much delicious food in the past two days! Every meal has been served with at least 10-15 separate dishes of traditional Chinese cuisine.