Leland & Gray's Journey East Performances

Submitted by Tom Connor

Tom Connor, Director of Leland and Gray's Journey East: Asian Studies Academy and Sino-American Arts Exchange announced local performance venues and dates for the much anticipated visit by students and teachers from the Arts College of Inner Mongolia University.

The Arts College, located in Hohhot, is the premier institution of its kind in Inner Mongolia, an Autonomous Region of 33 million people. Over 150 students and teachers from the Arts College have shared their unique Mongolian music and dance with audiences throughout Vermont since the inception of the Journey East Program in the year 2000.

Wu Xiyong, Vice-Director of the President's Office at the college assured us that "this will be the best performance of all of the seven delegations who have visited Vermont. These students and teachers were especially selected by the Music and Dance departments and are among the very best in our school."

The show will feature solo and group Mongolian dances with performers Hudele (in photo), Zhao Lei and He Jia; hoomei (throat singing) by Haimuritai; specifically Mongolian instruments such as the horsehead fiddle plus the Yangqin (dulcimer), the Guzheng (zither) and the Pipa (lute). Audiences will also be treated to the unique, emotionally moving Mongolian long-tune singing.

The brightly colored costumes, the beautiful sounds of the Mongolian language, the exceptional skill demonstrated in each program and the genuine warmth, which the performers exude will captivate young and old and demonstrate once more that the arts are a very special way of bridging the gap between cultures.

Local performances include:

• October 27, Saxton's River, Horowitz Hall at Vermont Academy 9:15 a.m.

• October 29, Townshend, Leland and Gray Middle/High School 12:30 p.m. (performance for WCSU elementary schools)

• October 30, Townshend, Leland and Gray Middle/High School 7:30 a.m.

Admission is free.

This non-commercial, educational/cultural arts exchange program is made possible with major funding from The Freeman Foundation and support from the Asian Studies Outreach Program at the University of Vermont.

Leland and Gray's Journey East to sponsor a scholarship fundraising breakfast for Chinese/Mongolian arts students on Sunday, November 1 at the Jamaica Village School in Jamaica from 8 to 11 a.m. The cost is $7 a person or $25 per family up to five people.

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