The Croswell Opera House and Tecumseh Center for the Arts are partnering to host Anda Union, the third international music group in the Arts Midwest World Fest 2015-17 cycle!
Anda means “good friends” in Mongolian. Anda Union was formed in 2003 in the Xilingol Grassland area of Inner Mongolia, a semi-autonomous region of China. Anda Union play traditional Mongolian instruments including the horse-head fiddle or tsuur, the three-holed flute or maodun chaoer, and Mongolian versions of the dulcimer, zither, lute, and mouth harp. The main singing style performed by Anda Union is khoomii, commonly referred to as throat singing, a traditional type of Mongolian overtone singing, which replicates the sounds of nature. Much of their repertoire is comprised of long songs, or urtiin duu, a traditional style of Mongolian folk music that evolved from melodies sung by nomadic herders.
Anda Union will conduct several workshops, some public and some for school groups, during their weeklong residency in the Adrian area. Their visit will culminate with a public performance at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts.
- Sunday, October 9, at 5:30 p.m.: Welcome reception in the Sutton Elementary School Media Center, 2780 Sutton Road, Adrian.
- Wednesday, October 12, at 9 a.m.: Workshop with the Adrian Dominican Sisters and members of Lenawee Lifelong Learning, on the Adrian Dominican Sisters campus (exact location TBA).
- Wednesday, October 12, at noon: Workshop with Siena Heights University music and theater students on the Adrian Dominican Sisters campus (exact location TBA).
- Wednesday, October 12, at 7 p.m.: Workshop at the Stair District Library, 228 W. Main St., Morenci.
- Thursday, October 13, at noon: Workshop with Adrian College students at Spencer Hall.
- Saturday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m.: Concert at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts, 400 N. Maumee St., Tecumseh. Tickets are $5 and may be ordered online at www.TheTCA.org or by calling 517-423-6617.
Want a sample of Anda Union’s music? Watch the video below!