The ties between the College of Musical Arts and the SiChuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu, China, will be strengthened this month when 10 BGSU faculty members visit for "American Music Week." The group will spend May 17-21 in Chengdu, performing at the school and with the Chengdu City Orchestra.
Faculty members performing at the SiChuan Conservatory of Music will be Drs. Thomas Rosenkranz, Solungga Fang-Tzu Liu and Robert Satterlee, piano; Dr. Charles Saenz, trumpet; Dr. William Mathis, trombone; Distinguished Artist Professor John Sampen, saxophone; Distinguished Artist Professor Marilyn Shrude, musicology; Dr. Alan Smith, cello; Vasile Beluska, violin, and Dr. Emily Freeman Brown, director of orchestral activities.
In addition to the American Music Week offerings, Smith and Rosencranz will present a recital of Chopin music for cello and piano, and Brown will conduct a concert with the city orchestra. Besides conducting master classes at the conservatory, the group will present five evening performances running the gamut of musical groupings.
The partnership between the conservatory and BGSU began 10 years ago when Smith visited Chengdu, which resulted in the recruitment of the first student from the school. Subsequently, other faculty have visited and several SiChuan students have come to BGSU.
Mathis and current student Li Kuang began discussing a joint trip to the SiChuan Conservatory back in 2007. While making his plans, Mathis discovered that numerous faculty members were also planning to travel to Chengdu around the same time and contacted the conservatory about coordinating the effort. Thus, "American Music Week" was inspired.