Under the direction of Shuichi Komiyama, MSU music professor and conductor, the 67-member orchestra leaves in May for a 22-day, 5,500 mile goodwill tour of Southeast Asia, including stops in Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, where they will be the first American university to perform.
While on the tour, students and faculty of MSU will play music with musicians from the host countries, the MSU faculty will conduct workshops and the symphony will donate cellos to countries devastated by the 2004 tsunami.
At its May 21 concert the symphony will perform several works that they plan to play in Asia including music of Leonard Bernstein, Eric Funk and Ilse-Mari Lee. Guest faculty artists will also perform including MSU faculty musicians Alan Leech, Rebecca Hartka and Stephan Cepeda.
There is no admission price for the concert but donations will be taken at the door. For more information, contact Kim Eggemeyer in the MSU Department of Music at (406) 994-3562.