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Indelible memories

Indelible memories

Christina Olsen, director of the U-M Museum of Art, chats with a student during her open office hours. Photo by Dave Lawrence.

In the proud tradition of the Peace Corps and groundbreaking cultural exchange programs around the world, the University of Michigan embarked on a bold initiative to China in the proud tradition of people-to-people diplomacy.

For three weeks in May, ninety-seven students, faculty and staff traveled to the Far East, where the University Symphony Band performed.

The repertoire of contemporary compositions included new works by acclaimed U-M faculty members William Bolcom, Michael Daugherty, Bright Sheng and Kristin Kuster. A graduate of U-M, Xiang Gao, a native of China, a violinist cited by The New York Times as a “rare and soulful virtuoso,” was a featured performer on the tour.

In the video below, conductor Michael Haithcock, associate professor Mark Clague, and publicist/tour manager Rachel Francisco share their reflections of the trip.