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Diaoyutai State Guest House performance

50th Anniversary China Residency, November 9: Beijing

Posted by:  The Philadelphia Orchestra on November 10, 2023


Nov. 9, Beijing: Musicians rehearse at the hotel for one of the upcoming performances: (l to r) Cellist Ohad Bar-David, violinists Daniel Han and Amy Oshiro-Morales, violist Marvin Moon, and violinists Willa Finck and Mei Ching Huang. Photo by Todd Rosenberg


Nov. 9, Beijing: Violinist Philip Kates arranged a performance at the Peking Union Medical College Hospital. The program opened with cellist John Koen and violinist Davyd Booth playing piano for selections from Bach’s Viola da Gamba Sonata, BWV 1028. Photo by Todd Rosenberg


Nov. 9, Beijing: The concert drew a large audience of hospital staff and those visiting patients. Photo by Todd Rosenberg


Nov. 9, Beijing: Violinist Philip Kates and Davyd perform Fritz Kreisler’s Rondino on a Theme by Beethoven. Photo by Todd Rosenberg


Nov. 9, Beijing: The program closed with the second movement from Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 1. Photo by Todd Rosenberg


Nov. 9, Beijing: Davyd autographs an Orchestra CD for a fan after the performance. Photo by Todd Rosenberg


Nov. 9, Beijing: Later in the day, the delegation attended a reception and performance at the Diaoyutai State Guest House. Tian Wei from CGTN, the English-language news channel of China Global Television Network, interviews Matías Tarnopolsky, president and CEO of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc. The Diaoyutai State Guest House is a diplomatic complex where receptions are held for visiting foreign dignitaries. The site has a long history of imperial significance. Diaoyutai means “angling platform” and it was a favorite fishing spot of Emperor Zhangzong of Jin (1168–1208). The Guesthouse itself was built to receive heads of state and government officials who were invited to China for the 10th anniversary celebration of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. Photo by Todd Rosenberg


Nov. 9, Beijing: Tian Wei greets Davyd Booth while Orchestra Executive Director Ryan Fleur, Principal Librarian Nicole Jordan, and Assistant Conductor Tristan Rais-Sherman look on. Photo by Todd Rosenberg


Nov. 9, Beijing: Back home, Davyd is an avid orchid grower. With such a gorgeous arrangement as a backdrop, he spoke about his own greenhouse. Photo by Todd Rosenberg


Nov. 9, Beijing: Matías poses with Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc., Board member Bin Zhang. Photo by Todd Rosenberg


Nov. 9, Beijing: Representatives from VISA, sponsors of the evening’s performance, and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), sponsors of the 50th Anniversary China Residency, pose with Orchestra leadership. Photo by Todd Rosenberg


Nov. 9, Beijing: Tristan is interviewed by Serena Dong from CGTN. Photo by Todd Rosenberg


Nov. 9, Beijing: Wang Liguang, chairman of the Global Music Education League and president of the China Conservatory of Music, poses with Matías. The two organizations are partners in the final concert of the 2023 China International Music Competition, which will be held on November 12. Photo by Todd Rosenberg


Nov. 9, Beijing: Matías chats with representatives from Bank of China, another sponsor of the Residency. Photo by Todd Rosenberg


Nov. 9, Beijing: Yang Wanming, president of CPFFAC, and Matías make their way into the hall for the performance. Photo by Todd Rosenberg


Nov. 9, Beijing: Matías welcomes the guests to the concert. Photo by Todd Rosenberg


Nov. 9, Beijing: United State Ambassador to China R. Nicholas Burns speaks at the event. Photo by Todd Rosenberg


Nov. 9, Beijing: At the Guest House concert, violinist Yu-Ting Chen, Philip Kates, John Koen, and English hornist Elizabeth Starr Masoudnia are joined by the Beijing Philharmonic Children’s Choir for the first official performance of the Residency. Photo by Todd Rosenberg


Nov. 9, Beijing: The guests warmly applaud the performers. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

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