May 2016

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May 31, 2016

2016 Asia, May 31: Tokyo

There’s a longstanding tradition when the Orchestra travels to Japan of challenging their colleagues from the Tokyo Symphony to a baseball game. This year the Philadelphia Firebirds pulled off a victory in the last inning. Principal Tuba Carol Jantsch took advantage of the warm-up period to pull out her Frisbee. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 29, 2016

2016 Asia, May 29: Macao

The Orchestra rehearsed in the morning for its second concert in Macao, which included some new repertoire for the tour: Johann Strauss Jr.’s “Tales from the Vienna Woods” Waltz, the Suite No. 1 from Bizet’s Carmen, and two works with violinist Ryu Goto, Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto and Takemitsu’s Nostalghia: In Memory of Andrei Tarkovsky. Yannick and Principal Timpani Don Liuzzi discuss the score during the break of the rehearsal. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 28, 2016

2016 Asia, May 28: Macao

This morning a number of musicians gave master classes at the Macao Conservatory of Music. Assistant Prinicpal Cello Yumi Kendall helps her young student find the “center” of the bow by locating the balancing point. Photo by Jan Regan.

Oboist Jonathan Blumenfeld’s student implements some of his instruction. Photo by Jonathan Blumenfeld. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 27, 2016

2016 Asia, May 27: Macao

The Orchestra departed Beijing for Macao today, where they will present two concerts at the Venetian Macao. Sands China Ltd. President and COO Wilfred Wong welcomes them to Macao at a press conference held at the Four Seasons Hotel Macao. The Venetian Macao is the presenting sponsor of The Philadelphia Orchestra's 2016 Tour of Asia & China Residency and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is a Tour Partner. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 26, 2016

2016 Asia, May 26: Beijing

Yannick managed to have a section of the Great Wall all to himself today.

May 24, 2016

2016 Asia, May 24: Beijing

Violinist Richard Amoroso guides a young musician during a master class held at the Penn Wharton China Center (PWCC) in Beijing. PWCC is the presenting sponsor for the Beijing leg of the Orchestra’s Tour. The collaboration between the two organizations highlights the importance both PWCC and The Philadelphia Orchestra place on fostering people-to-people exchange. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 23, 2016

2016 Asia, May 23: Beijing

Nothing brightens up a travel day like coffee and doughnuts from the music director. Kate Schimmer, the Orchestra’s manager of artistic services, offered the treats provided by Yannick to Orchestra musicians as they waited at the gate for the flight from Shanghai to Beijing. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 23, 2016

Ticket Revenue Surges for 2015-16 Season, Thanks to You

A hearty bravo to Orchestra patrons and supporters for making the 2015-16 subscription season a very memorable one. The Philadelphia Orchestra Association is pleased to report that earned income revenues for the main subscription season and other special concerts total slightly over $12 million, an 11% increase over last year. The recently completed season also saw a 9% increase in the number of households purchasing tickets and a 5% increase in total tickets sold for the main subscription series over last season.

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