Archive: May 2012 - Howard Dyck

A Week with the Kunming Symphony Orchestra – Shangri-La comes to Kunming!

  • May 27, 2012

Shangri-La is a fictional place described in the 1933 novel Lost Horizon by British author James Hilton. Although it is set in the mountains of Tibet, and is now being exploited for all its worth by the tourist industry, the term Shangri-La itself has come to be synonymous with paradise. Hence my title today. I have just completed a week of paradise with the Kunming Nei Er Symphony Orchestra! There is much to tell you! First a little background. When I first conducted the orchestra almost 13 years ago, it was known as the Kunming Symphony Orchestra. Some of you who were with Maggie and me for the International...

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Flotsam & Jetsam from the Good Ship (aka Chinese Junk) “H.M.DYCK”

  • May 16, 2012

It was with some trepidation that I decided to invoke a maritime metaphor in the title of my latest post from land-locked Yunnan Province. However, I was emboldened upon reflecting that Austria, a similarly ocean-free domain, boasts its very own navy! So here goes! To give some legitimacy to all these sea-faring notions, perhaps I should begin with a photo of a memorable boat ride we took just over 3 weeks ago during our Dali/Lijiang exposition (which Maggie has chronicled extensively in one of her posts). Dali (in the mountains, about 150 kms northwest of Kunming) is located on the shores of beautiful...

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From Miao to Mao to Nie Er!

  • May 7, 2012

Last week I was so overcome by our excursion to the Miao village (the alert proof readers among you may have noticed the typo "Maio" in the title of last week's post. Big mea culpa!) that I completely neglected to tell you about our experience the day before, a fabulous, fascinating day trip to the Western Hills, on the outskirts of Kunming I'll get to that shortly, But first, a few post-scripts re our Miao friends. First, these remarkable singing mountain farmers are devout Christians. I haven't been able to determine what denomination they seem closest to; they themselves (i.e. their pastor)...

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