China Concert 2015

South Shore Orchestra China 5 returns to Valparaiso to entertain and raise funds for Season 12!

These twelve local musicians and 40 plus collegial connections and friends from 6 states and two countries totaling 63, entertained thousands of Chinese concert goers recently in SSO’s 5th concert tour throughout the southwest region of China over New Year’s. The tour was in collaboration with the Confucius Institute of Valparaiso University. Eight concerts in…

The Golden Guangda

Bullet Bound to Fuzhou

An early start with a wake up call at 5:30 gets us to breakfast and on the bus at 7. WE arrived at the train station where the new recruits will experience the pace of picking up the bullet train and being ready to board as soon as it stops and loading all 61 of…

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Off to Cixi

Wow what an amazing French buffet of pastries, cheeses and savory entrees. Tops off this stay as Best Ever! Bus departure is 8:30 but we are waiting for a few—was a late night of festive fun at the ball! Temperatures are mild. The traffic is amazing—not sure where and how everyone gets anywhere on time.…

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Media greets South Shore Orchestra in Nanjing

There has been a great amount of publicity announcing the cultural exchange of the universal language of music with the Chinese government and Valparaiso’s South Shore Orchestra. Nine digital bill boards in this huge metropolis, boast Maestro Troy Webdell’s image conducting the SSO. Promotional literature that was circulated to the seven cities hosting the group…

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Making our way to Wuxi

Now the adventure really begins with the concert schedule driving our daily routine. We have four consecutive performances–one after a we take a 5 hour bullet train ride south to Fuzhou. We are aware of the drone of pile drivers as a consistent background noise. Construction is everywhere! with evidence of more to come. Temporary…

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Hangzhou Rise and Shine!

We arrived in Hangzhou late. So our travel day from O’ Hare was extended a bit more by our quick tour of Old Shanghai for some shopping but also some strategic member searching. Four from Austin, Texas had arrived the night before and stayed at the Charms Hotel. They spent the day touring and were…

Bridge to Beijing Concert Poster

Bridge to Beijing

Community Orchestra enlists musical partners from nine states to perform in SSO’s Bridge to Beijing departing December 26! South Shore Orchestra has been deeply immersed in preparing for their fourth China New Year’s adventure–Bridge to Beijing. The only thing that is a bit tricky about that is, the 53 member orchestra that is to leave…