Xi'an Conservatory Performance

Trip Start Mar 13, 2011
Trip End Mar 25, 2011

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Flag of China  , Shaanxi,
Friday, March 18, 2011

After visiting the Shanxi Provincial Museum and learning about Xi-an's history (We visit the Terracotta Warrior Museum tomorrow to learn more.), we had Chinese for lunch at a beautiful dinner theater (no show), then we headed to the Xi-an Conservatory Academic Hall for rehearsal, which went pretty well. Kris struggled with the sound in the hall and moved a few people around to try to compensate for it. Then we had bowing practice. No show is complete without a gracious bow and all took their lesson in good stride.

Then we had Chinese for dinner at a small dining hall on the Conservatory's grounds, a short walk from the performance location. All was quiet while the boys changed afterwards back at the conservatory hall and the girls remained at the restaurant. Then the doors had to open to let the girls in and the 50 or more interested attendees standing at the door came flooding in with them. It was kind of like the Beatles were coming. Then it got really interesting.

Jake is a senior at Proctor Academy who completed Mikaela's Mandarin Chinese class last fall and joined the trip for the experience. The girls in the audience were very glad of that, asking for a bunch of autographs, email addresses and photographs. Mikaela was popular too. When they got too busy, I got a few requests as well. The hall manager finally had to shoo them away so the show could start. Check out Brian's video of Jake's adoration at http://bit.ly/evOwOh. Jakes says, "I will never feel this good in my entire life."

The show was great, as always. Kris's adjustments must have worked, because the crowd loved it. The choir worked together well, the solos were striking and the bows were deep, even if they included a grin for Kris and us. Canon's facial expressions were a hit and Cameron wowed the crowd just by walking on stage, all 6-foot, 6-inches of him.

After the show was another 25 minutes of chaos as the choir greeted its peeps. The Chinese girls and boys (and more than a few adults) ran around with the 5 1/2" x 8" show program asking for signatures and email addresses. Most Proctor parents got pulled into the act as well. Jack and mom Lisa worked the crowd, as did Janine Johnson, Gordan Lucas and probably others that I missed. Piano accompanist Sarah Will had her own followers too.

The kids did not want it to end, American or Chinese. We were finally able to get back to the hotel a bit before 10 pm. On the ride over, Michael outlined our tomorrow, which includes a visit to the Terracotta Warrior Museum before boarding a China Eastern flight to Hangzhou and a one and one-half hour bus ride to our next city, Ningbo. The announcement of a 6:00 am wake-up call and a 8:45 am departure time brought a few groans, but after a Night On The Train and a busy day, all should be soundly sleeping at this midnight hour. 
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