Buffalo Suzuki Strings ensemble returns from China

Posted at 6:56 PM, Apr 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-21 18:56:51-04

Made up of 14 students, the Buffalo Suzuki Strings Friendship Touring Ensemble, returned from a 10 day trip to China.

BSS Friendship Touring Ensemble students toured Beijing, Buffalo's sister city Changzhou and Shangai, China. The students come from all over Western New York, including Clarence, Orchard Park and Williamsville. 

They performed a 90 minute concert, shared stories and photos from their trip at the Buffalo Suzuki Strings Musical Arts Center in North Tonawanda on Saturday afternoon.

The performance was accompanied by a display from a late Buffalo artist, Robert Blair. This is the BSS's second collaboration with the artist and his son, Bruce Blair. The multi-arts afternoon event is called "Soundscapes" from Beijing to Blair.  

BSS' Friendship Touring Ensemble was formed in 1983 with the purpose of being a model and inspiration to other Suzuki programs in the United States and abroad.  With a national and international reputation for excellence, during the past 30 years, the Ensemble has performed in over 20 countries, beautifully representing Buffalo and Western New York.

This year's Friendship Touring Ensemble is comprised of violin, viola, and piano students ages 14 to 18.  While in China the Ensemble performed three concerts.  

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