A chronicle of our pre-Olympic tour of China, May 18th - 29th 2008,
with The University of Kentucky Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. John Cody Birdwell, Director of Bands
May they be lifted up....
Our love and compassion go out to the people of China as we prepare for our departure on Monday. There is no way to comprehend the magnitude of suffering that has enveloped this country, as well as Myanmar with it's own tragic death toll. All I know is music heals, music touches hearts and souls without any words being expressed, therefore we will be able to transcend the language barriers as we express our love for our brothers and sisters, wherever they may be crying out. We will be dedicating each concert given in China to the victims of this disaster, a disaster no one called down upon themselves and no one deserved. Life is fragile, this we know, so in the words of Leonard Bernstein, "This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before".
Truly, no man is a island.
Bless the men, women and children....
Saturday, May 31, 2008
This assortment comes from the cities of Suzhou and Changzhou, walking among the locals, trying to fit in and look inconspicuous (impossible with a crowd of American students moving as one) and doing our best to stay awake!