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June 05, 2014

2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency, Day 18: The Orchestra’s Final Concert of the Tour

 

6/5/14, Taipei: Taipei is a 24-hour city with lots of motorcycles and constant bustle. Photo by Jan Regan.

6/5/14, Taipei: The only day it rained is on the last day of the Tour. At the top of Taipei 101, formerly the world’s tallest building, there was no sunshine on this cloudy day. Photo by Jan Regan.

June 05, 2014

2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency, Day 17: The Thrill of the First Tour

The Orchestra’s newest musician, violinist Julia Li, is on her first tour with the Philadelphians. Among the highlights: residency activities in her native Beijing, and a side-by-side concert with the Shenzhen Symphony. She shares her thoughts on China, her favorite orchestra (guess which one it is), and how she almost ended up playing accordion instead of violin.

June 04, 2014

2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency, Day 17: The Orchestra Arrives in Taipei for the Final Concert of the Tour

6/4/14, Taipei: Everyone off the bus! The Orchestra arrives in Taipei, Taiwan, for the final concert of the Tour. Photo by Jan Regan.

June 03, 2014

2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency, Day 16: Ambassador Caroline Kennedy Attends the Concert, the Second of Two in Tokyo

6/3/14, Tokyo: The afternoon before the second concert in beautiful Suntory Hall, the Orchestra rehearses Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 (“Jupiter”) and Mahler’s First Symphony. Photo by Jan Regan.

6/3/14, Tokyo: Bow tie adjusted, Assistant Principal Bass Joseph Conyers is almost ready to take the stage. Photo by Jan Regan.

June 03, 2014

2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency: China Then and Now—One Musician’s Perspective

Associate Principal Percussion Anthony Orlando is among the handful of musicians still playing with The Philadelphia Orchestra today who made the historic first trip to China with Eugene Ormandy in 1973. He shares some of his thoughts on China then and now … and 40 years of touring.

June 02, 2014

2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency, Day 15: Playing Ball during the Day and a Concert at Night in Tokyo

6/2/14, Tokyo: Baseball is revered in both the U.S. and in Japan, so what’s a tour to Japan without a friendly baseball game between two orchestras? The Philadelphia Orchestra Firebirds and the players from the Tokyo Symphony bow in respect before the start of the game. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 31, 2014

2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency, Day 13—A Side-By-Side Rehearsal, Residency Activities, and a Side-By-Side Concert in Macao

5/31/14, Macao: Orchestra members participate in a side-by-side rehearsal, clearly enjoyed by horn player Shelley Showers (center), with members of the Macao Orchestra in preparation for a concert later that evening at the Venetian Theatre. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 30, 2014

2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency, Day 12: A Return to Macao and a Concert at the Venetian Theatre

5/30/14, Macao: Press interest in the tour has been intense and Macao was no different. Yannick and Associate Concertmaster Ying Fu (to Yannick’s right), who was born in Shanghai, are interviewed by media members. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 30, 2014

2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency: A Legacy of Spreading the Joy of Classical Music through People-to-People Exchange

Among the documents and memorabilia from The Philadelphia Orchestra’s historic trip as the first American orchestra to visit the People’s Republic of China is a brief piece of correspondence on official White House letterhead. Dated October 1, 1973, and signed by President Richard Nixon, the letter praises the Orchestra for its “magnificent job” and personally thanks Eugene Ormandy for having “demonstrated an admirable spirit of flexibility in adjusting your performances to Chinese desires.”

May 29, 2014

2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency, Days 10 & 11: From Changsha to Shenzhen and Yet Another First

5/28/14, Changsha: Extra! Extra! Read all about it. The Orchestra’s Tuesday night performance in Changsha of Tan Dun’s Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women was front-page news in the local papers. Photo by Jan Regan.

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