The Philadelphia Orchestra embarks on its 2010 Tour of Asia on April 19, and continues through May 9. In his first international tour with the Orchestra, Chief Conductor Charles Dutoit leads the Fabulous Philadelphians in 11 performances in three countries—Korea, Japan, and China. Four internationally acclaimed artists—Stewart Goodyear, David Kim, Ivo Pogorelich, and Arabella Steinbacher—join Mr. Dutoit and the Orchestra as soloists throughout the tour.
The 2010 Tour of Asia begins in Korea with debut performances in Changwon and Gumi, both featuring Concertmaster David Kim as soloist in Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1. The Orchestra returns later in the tour for two concerts in Seoul’s Sejong Center for the Performing Arts; Arabella Steinbacher is soloist in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto for one of the performances.
In Japan, the Orchestra makes its first-ever appearance in Miyazaki at the Medikit Arts Center before returning to Tokyo for two performances at the renowned Suntory Hall. For the April 28 concert, Ivo Pogorelich joins the Orchestra as soloist in Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2. The Fabulous Philadelphians made their inaugural visit to Japan in 1967 with Music Director Eugene Ormandy, marking the first time the Orchestra had crossed the Pacific for a tour of Asia.
The Philadelphia Orchestra closes its 2010 Tour of Asia with four performances in China. First the Orchestra performs two concerts at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. Then Mr. Dutoit and the Orchestra take center stage at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai. American pianist Stewart Goodyear joins the Fabulous Philadelphians in a program primarily of great American classics. The Orchestra’s performance during the first week of the Expo marks another milestone in the organization’s historic relationship with China. In 1973, at the request of President Richard Nixon, the Orchestra became the first U.S. orchestra to perform in China, as the two nations re-established diplomatic ties. Click here to learn more about the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China. The 2010 Tour of Asia concludes with a performance at Shanghai’s Oriental Arts Center.
With the 2010 Tour of Asia, The Philadelphia Orchestra proudly continues to serve as cultural ambassador for the city of Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the United States.