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Expanding its preeminent role as cultural ambassador between the United States and China, The Philadelphia Orchestra makes history once again with its pilot 2012 Residency & Tour of China in partnership with the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing. This marks the first time a U.S. orchestra has co-created an extended residency in the People's Republic of China (PRC), opening a new door to the Orchestra's deeper engagement with the PRC. The pilot program and tour will run from May 29 until June 6, and exemplifies a new collaboration of mutual institutional and musical development.
The 2012 Beijing Residency week will be followed by an initial five-year commitment to connect to the heart of world musicians and their local communities by discovering and developing Chinese talent, engaging in music education, and bringing classical music to the people. The Residency includes three concerts, two free open rehearsals, diplomatic forums, community activities, and U.S.-China cultural exchange programs.
Additionally, the Beijing Residency week will go beyond the traditional concert experience, sharing classical music in and outside of the concert hall, including locations at the Great Wall, the Beijing Maizidian Community Center, and the Special Education School of Dongcheng District.
Following the pilot Residency week, from May 29-June 3, the Orchestra will continue in China through June 6, performing in nearby Tianjin--Philadelphia's "sister city" in China--Guangzhou, and Shanghai. Chief Conductor Charles Dutoit will lead five of the six performances in China.
The Philadelphia Orchestra announced its Residency initiative in China with the support of the U.S. Department of State and the China Ministry of Culture in 2011 as part of the U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange. These government entities again expressed encouragement and support for the Residency program in May 2012 during the latest round of People-to-People Exchanges in Beijing.
The Philadelphia Orchestra's 2012 Residency and Tour of China is made possible thanks to the generous support of the following sponsors: