Qingyan Ancient Town

IMG_2532After the exhibit hall we traveled out to the Qingyan Ancient Town to eat lunch.  Initially I sat a table with all Wesleyan students, but when then the guides didn’t have anywhere to assist us Americans with the meal so I got up to offer my seat to one of them.  This however, displaced me and I wasn’t sure where or if I was going to be able to eat.  Pretty quickly I was invited to join my favorite volunteers Yo Yo and Livia as well as the head of the Guiyang foreign affairs and several of her staff.  I went from a table full of Americans to a table where I was the only American.  As intimidating as it was, I must admit I loved being able to observe native Chinese people communing around a dinner table.  I had little idea what they were saying, but of course Yo Yo and Livia kept me somewhat up to speed.  Being the only American the pressure was on to try everything and eat a lot.  There was really only one dish that I refused.  It was a soup of sorts with unidentifiable contents.  I found out later that it was “rocky mountain oysters” which is an American euphemism for testicles.  YES – That’s what I said – testicles!      IMG_2536

Dessert was a bowl of some sort of porridge-like substance.  To be honest it looked like like snot with white powder floating in it, but I tried it.  Yo Yo said it was lotus root and rose.  Sure enough, it tasted like roses.  Not bad.  It made me think of my daughter Rose back home.

IMG_2575After lunch we started walking around the ancient town.  Austin tried his hand a bow and arrow game and did pretty well.  I bought three bracelets for my family and enjoyed walking through the ancient Chinese town.



Musical Elision

On March 6th, conductor Hans Grim and sixty plus talented friends and family will present choral works of Whitacre, Lauridsen, Elgar and more. The concert will also feature a jazz combo and solo piano performing works by Adam Guettel, William Joel and David Yazbek.

The concert will take place at 7:30 in Texas Wesleyan University’s Martin Hall at 1309 Wesleyan Street, Fort Worth, TX

The forty-six voice chorus has been rehearsing since October and will be presenting these eight gorgeous choral works:

Water Night – Eric Whitacre

“False Love” from Edward Elgar’s Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands

O magnum mysterium by Morten Lauridsen

Ave verum corpus by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Give Me Jesus the Fleming arrangement

Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled by Bob Burroughs

Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal, Shaw/Parker Arrangement

and premiering an arrangement of Stravinsky’s Firebird for Chorus and Timpani

Some of the choir's Headshots

An all-star jazz combo will feature an original tune by Cal Lewiston called “A Daisey for Annie” as well as some musical theatre songs by Adam Guettel, Jason Robert Brown and David Yazbek.

This will be a very special evening of wonderful music in a wide variety of styles. Please consider joining the fun at this free event.

RSVP – to see who’s coming at the facebook event page.