Twenty-one students from Culver Academies’ String Orchestra will join over 300 other high school musicians from seven orchestras in three states for a special performance at Valparaiso University’s 7th annual Great Lakes Confucius Institute Music Festival on Monday, Sept. 29. The 6 p.m. concert will be conducted in the Chapel of the Resurrection.
The high school orchestra performance will feature a premiere by Yu Jianfang. The mass orchestra will be joined by the Valparaiso University Symphony Orchestra and feature performances by the Hangzhou Arts Academy players and dancers, and the Beijing children’s choir.
During the day, Culver students will perform prepared works, listen to other orchestras, learn how to play traditional Chinese instruments, and share a common heritage through music. Along with the classes, rehearsals, and performances, they will eat lunch at one of Valparaiso’s Chinese restaurants.
The festival will include a Love for China Concert on Sunday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be in the Harre Union Ballrooms and feature traditional Chinese music and dance ensembles from the North China Electrical Power University in Beijing.
At 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, the Windiana Concert Band will perform at the University Theatre. The concert will feature premieres by Yu Jianfang and Michael Boo. All the events are free and open to the public.