What do you get when you combine 150 singers from five American choral groups with an 55-piece/member Chinese orchestra and put them under the direction of Virginia Commonwealth University conductor John Guthmiller? Answer: a musical tribute to the 2008 Beijing Olympics that deeply moved the Chinese audiences who heard it as well as Guthmiller, himself. Also: in light of the continuing controversy surrounding China’s human rights practices and recent calls to boycott the Olympics, Ming Wan (George Mason University) says while the western world should be concerned about China’s policies, we also need to realize that China is a very complicated county undergoing a massive social, physical and economic transformation.
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