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Showcasing the Northwestern Symphony Orchestra in Asia

Ninety members of the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra are spending spring break showcasing their talents on a concert tour of Asia. They’ll perform in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

> Galleries: Follow the students' tour in photos

Conducted by Maestro Victor Yampolsky, the concert repertoire includes Symphony No. 5 by Gustav Mahler and Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story” by Leonard Bernstein.

Co-hosted by the Bienen School of Music, the Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Studies and the Northwestern Alumni Association, the tour not only provides an opportunity for students to perform on the world stage, but also supports the Bienen School’s mission to attract the best and brightest students from around the globe.

The upcoming concerts will demonstrate the strength of the Bienen School’s performance programs and aid in our ongoing efforts to recruit talented student musicians from Asia.”

Toni-Marie Montgomery
Dean, Bienen School of Music

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Follow the Northwestern Symphony Orchestra as it tours Asia from March 23 to April 1. Ninety student musicians from the Bienen School of Music will showcase their talents through performances in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Photo galleries will be shared throughout the 10-day tour.

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Victor Yampolsky

Maestro Yampolsky says Leonard Bernstein brought him to the United States, and so he thinks of his career as a "thank you note" to the great American composer.

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Yuan Gao

She describes the viola’s sound as more endearing, intimate and charming than a violin. “It’s a comforting sound that reminds me of a loving grandparent.”

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Sihao He

In 2017, he was one of two Northwestern cellists invited to play in the prestigious Queen Elisabeth International Cello Competition in Brussels.

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Published: January 31, 2018. Updated: March 26, 2018.

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