“The Panda Project,” a trip to China by twelve UNH music and dance students, was sponsored by the UNH Confucius Institute and the Department of Music May 21-31, 2017. The purpose was to build closer relationships between UNH and Chengdu University. A vocal quartet, woodwind quartet, pianist, and dancers performed well-received programs at Chengdu University (CDU) and Chengdu University of Information Technology (CUIT). The UNH students shared dance and music classes with CDU students and toured important sites in Chengdu, as well as the nearby panda preserve. They also soaked in the atmosphere of the open markets and the high energy level of this industrial city.
The students concluded their trip by flying to Beijing, where they climbed the Great Wall and saw the Ming Tombs, and Tiananmen Square. The trip was led by Yige Wang from the UNH Confucius Institute and two UNH faculty members, Gay Nardone (Professor of Theatre and Dance) and Peggy Vagts (Professor of Music).