Thursday, September 13, 2012

Looking Back Sept 4th NO MEETING, Many Harmonizers in China

 There was no meeting on Sept. 4th as so many Harmonizers were in China.  See this report from Terry Reynolds to fellow Harmonizers on US soil:

We've had an AMAZING time so far in China including:


Wed - Performing a full 40-minute show ON the Great Wall of China. We faced the length of the wall heading up a mountain, so when our focal went up for “Summertime” or “Great Day,” we were looking up the mountain at the wall and its towers. After the concert, as many of us climbed up, we passed tourists coming down who said they could hear us from the top.


Thurs - Performing our formal show with Toronto Northern Lights at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. It was a rainy night so the crowd was not huge but there were several hundred there. We were disappointed at the seemingly minimal crowd reaction during the performance (e.g., dead silence after the wow move in Great Day), but they went crazy at the end of the performance and excitedly greeted us in the lobby and asked to take pictures with us. Several of our wives and significant others reported that the people around them loved it, they showed it in a reserved and respectful way.


Unlike our expectations, we're not directly touring with our Toronto brethren. They were at a different hotel and are on a different schedule and itinerary. We were able to put together an afterglow after the show so we had a little bonding time.


Fri - After saying goodbye to the 7-day tour group, those of us going on to Xi'an got stuck in a dead-stop traffic jam for over an hour and nearly missed our overnight train. Picture 80 Harmonizers, family, and friends, arriving at a train station several times larger than Union Station, 20 minutes before the train was to depart, rushing double file through the station dragging our carry-ons, our Chinese guides helping us through as the shout to each other in Chinese. We all got on board minutes before we left, with a tremendous group sigh of relief.


Sun - Saw the Terra Cotta warriors. Amazing!


We have sung Rainbow Sister many times in restaurants, parks, and street corners, always to warm smiles and usually to enthusiastic clapping along. Though two of our three remaining Tenors leave tomorrow (end of 9-day tour) so we'll make sure we keep Alan Kousen in good voice for the next several days.


Of course there's tons more, but this email is getting long and we have an early flight to Guilin in the morning.


See you next week.


It's Great to Be A Harmonizer!




And here is brief note about a fun aspect to the trip from Lew Klinge:

Beijing was awsome. Great weather...all went well. Concerts were well received. We took a night train to Xi'An and are in a beautiful hotel. I had to show the bar tender how to make a martini. Everyone is holding up well.

YeEd expects to get more stories from others as they return.

Until next time – editorjack!

 (This message is prepared for your review if you were there, for your information if you had to miss, and as a historical record of the great things going on each week at an Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter meeting. —YeEd.)

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