Culver Academies’ Global Studies Institute and the Confucius Classroom hosted the visiting artists from the Wuhan Conservatory of Music Wednesday, Sept. 25. Wuhan professors and graduate students performed both modern and traditional Chinese music before joining with the Academies’ string ensemble for the final two songs of the evening. The finale was ‘Ode to Joy’ from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
This is the 11th year Chinese musicians have visited Culver as part of the Great Lakes Music Festival hosted by the Confucius Institute at Valparaiso University. The concert was conducted in the Heritage Room of the Legion Memorial Building.
Professor Jianyun Meng, director of the university’s Confucius Institute, said there is a new twist to the visiting artists program. The three graduate students will be spending the rest of the academic year studying at Valparaiso along with providing instruction on traditional Chinese instruments.
Culver Academies maintains the Confucius Classroom as part of the Global Studies Institute. The partnership between Culver and Valparaiso, with support from the Confucius Institute in Beijing, promotes the study of Chinese language and culture, encourages exchange programs with China, sponsors public events for the wider community, and enhances the understanding and friendship between the young people of China and the United States.