May 2014


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

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.

May 29, 2014

The Secret Songs of Women

One definite highlight of the Orchestra’s tour is Chinese composer Tan Dun’s Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women. The multi-media work—which received its U.S. premiere in Verizon Hall with Yannick and the Philadelphians last fall—is being performed in multiple cities (including today’s concert in Shenzhen), but nowhere was it more highly anticipated than in Tan Dan’s native Hunan Province. Tuesday’s concert in Changsha was thrilling, powerful, and emotional.

May 28, 2014

2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency, Day 9: On to Changsha and Hometown Premiere of Nu Shu

With visits to five cities in China during the 2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency, sometimes it seems as though Orchestra members are as familiar with airports as they are with concert stages.

May 28, 2014

Delaware Chamber Music Festival's 29th Season

Looking for world class performances of great music this June? Members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, musicians from the Astral Artists roster, and local shining stars join forces for four brilliant concerts at the Delaware Chamber Music Festival, June 13-22.

May 27, 2014

2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency, Day 8: Last Day in Shanghai and First Event in Changsha

5/26/14, Shanghai: Philadelphia Orchestra musicians performed a side-by-side concert with members of the Shanghai City Symphony Orchestra. Here, Principal Oboe Richard Woodhams greets an oboe-playing colleague prior to the afternoon’s rehearsal. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 27, 2014

2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency: A Musician’s Homecoming

Three Philadelphia Orchestra musicians—Associate Concertmaster Ying Fu, Principal Cello Hai-Ye Ni, and violinist Julia Li—were born in mainland China and for them, the Tour is a homecoming. Fu, who joined the Orchestra at the start of the 2013-14 season, was born in Shanghai and earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. His parents, who still live in Shanghai, were in the audience when the Philadelphians performed at the Shanghai Grand Theatre on Sunday.

Q: What was it like to perform in Shanghai as a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra?

May 25, 2014

2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency, Days 6 & 7—Residency Activities & Shanghai Concerts

5/24/14, Shanghai: After four rewarding days in Beijing, the Orchestra lands in Shanghai where they made music with, and for, students and performed with local musicians. Photo by Jan Regan.