Sino spangled banner
By Xiao Changyan (China Daily)
Updated: 2007-01-05 11:14
Music lovers have the rare chance to hear China's national
anthem and The Star Spangled Banner played together at an orchestral concert.
Dr Bruce Ammann, from Chicago, will lead his Augustana concert band in
performing both national anthems as the orchestra tours China this month. After
its Beijing concert at the Beijing Concert Hall on January 14, the troupe will
tour Xi'an, Nanjing, Suzhou, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
Founded more than 30 years ago, Augustana is considered one of the most
active university orchestras in the United States. It has performed at some of
the most important music festivals in the world. This is the third time it has
performed in China.
Ammann, the soul of the band, is in his 14th year as Director of Bands and
Professor of Music at Augustana. He is also the conductor of the Dakota Symphony
Orchestra. In 1996, Ammann was elected as a member of the American Bandmasters
Association. In 1997, he received the Phi Beta Mu "Outstanding Bandmaster Award"
for the state of South Dakota. In 2001, he won the Vernon and Mildred Niebuhr
Faculty Excellence Award, the highest award ever presented to an Augustana
The orchestra will perform their classic repertoire like Rolling Thunder,
Liberty Fanfare, Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables.
Ticket: 80-580 yuan
Date/Time: 7:30pm, Jan 14
Location: Beijing Concert
Hall, 1 Beixinhuajie, Xicheng District