UNC Music Students to Tour China during Winter Break

The University of Northern Colorado's Wind Ensemble will spend most of the school's winter break on a multi-city performance tour in China.

The 47-member group, under the direction of Music Professor Ken Singleton, leaves Dec. 21 for a two-week trip that will include performances in Shanghai, Beijing and Qingquan.

The ensemble, whose ranks include both undergraduate and graduate students, will be performing an "American sampler" consisting of 13 pieces, most of which the audiences will not have heard before.

They'll be accompanied by Richard Mayne, associate director of bands at UNC, and Assistant Professor of Music Lei Weng, who'll join the group on piano for the concert's closing number, George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.

Weng is a Chinese national, and the trip was organized through his Chinese agent's management group, which is funding the majority of the trip's costs. Additional funding is coming from the students, the UNC School of Music and other campus organizations.

The Wind Ensemble is comprised of the university's foremost musicians. Essentially an orchestral woodwind/brass/percussion section supplemented by saxophones and keyboards, the ensemble explores challenging one-player-per-part wind music by a variety of composers. Membership is determined by audition and is open to music and non-music majors.

For more information, contact the UNC School of Music at 970-351-2993.