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CSU, ECNU to combine talents for UCA events

April 20, 2012

Fifteen students and faculty from East China Normal University will be on campus this week as part of a cultural exchange program that will feature collaborative concerts and recitals with CSU students and faculty.

Students and faculty from East China Normal University first combined with CSU's choirs and symphony orchestra for a concert in 2010.This is the third annual celebration of East-West Week with ECNU, based in Shanghai. This marks the second time a Chinese contingent has visited CSU and the University Center for the Arts.

Unique partnership

The CSU-ECNU partnership was formalized during a 2009 trip to China. ECNU has partnered with CSU on a number of research initiatives and student exchange programs. The universities brought a musical focus to their partnership when CSU hosted ECNU in 2010. In 2011 CSU students and faculty traveled to Shanghai for the second East-West Week collaboration.

“I would never have experienced the differences between Eastern and Western music had I not had these exchanges,” said graduate music student Carol Perry of last year’s trip. “It is part of the Chinese culture to be welcoming, and we are looking forward to returning the favor when ECNU students arrive.”

The Chinese students will attend faculty concerts and masterclasses, collaborate with CSU students on a recital and join the CSU Choirs and University Symphony Orchestra for concerts.

The schedule of events at the UCA:

East-West Week Collaborative Voice Area Recital
Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m., Organ Recital Hall, UCA

CSU students and ECNU students present an exciting voice recital featuring art songs and various opera scenes. FREE

East-West Week Virtuoso Series Concert
Thursday, April 26, 7:30 p.m., Organ Recital Hall, UCA

Todd Queen, Chair of the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance, and Cao Jin, ECNU Director of Opera, continue their popular pairing with a concert of art songs, arias, duets and traditional Chinese songs. The duet will reprise the recital program at a concert in Shanghai later in 2012.

$7/CSU students, $1/youth (under 17), $12/adults; FREE with the purchase of a ticket to the April 27 or April 28 concerts.

East-West Week Final Concert: Tales of the Exotic!
Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28, 7:30 p.m., Griffin Concert Hall, UCA

The CSU choirs, plus voices from ECNU, join the University Symphony Orchestra to perform The Yellow River Cantata by Chinese composer Xian Xinghai. Maestro Hou Runyu guest conducts this colorful work. The symphony, conducted by CSU’s Maestro Wes Kenney, also presents Rimsky-Korsakov’s magnificent story-telling masterwork, Scheherazade.

$7/CSU students, $1/youth (under 17), $12/adult

Ticket information

Tickets are available at the UCA ticket office in the Griffin Lobby, by phone at (970) 491-2787, or online at Advance purchase is recommended to avoid at-the-door fees.

Contact: Carrie Care
Phone: (9700 491-5891