By Howard Pousner
The Georgia Boy Choir began a 17-day concert tour of China this week that includes performances in Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Kunming and Shanghai.
In addition to giving concerts and master classes, the 29-member touring choir will get to climb on the Great Wall and visit Atlanta-born panda Mei Lan.
The choir’s first Chinese concert was at Beijing University on Tuesday. A crowd of more than 2,000 responded to the Georgia singers, ages 9 to 19, with “thunderous applause, foot-stomping and bouquets of flowers,” said choir executive director Adisa Nickerson.
Artistic director David R. White had planned to take his former choir, the Atlanta Boy Choir, on a China tour. But its board, with the group $250,000 in the red, fired him last year for making commitments the directors believed the group couldn’t afford. White, who had led the Atlanta Boy Choir for eight years, blamed the board for not raising the necessary funds.
Shortly after the ugly split,