The translation boils down to: a very fine American orchestra! Four choral groups joined the 70 piece orchestra in the singing of two pieces in the second half of their 90 minute program. The program consisted of a blend of American and Chinese music to help carry out the mission of SSO--orchestrating a musical community--by using music to bring our two cultures closer together in awareness and understanding. This chance to travel and perform in six cities, sponsored and hosted by the Confucius Institute and Chinese government is the second China tour SSO has been invited to do. The orchestra was generously welcomed and hosted everywhere they went. Many new friendships and connections were made.