Hidden from small


Hidden from small

May 2019

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May 31, 2019

2019 China, May 26: Nanjing—Shanghai

Orchestra stagehands (left to right) James Sweeney, Jr., Kenneth Pattinson, Dennis Moore, and James Barnes get ready to board the train for the two-hour ride from Nanjing to Shanghai. Photo by Chris Lee

May 31, 2019

A Note from the Stage Director of "Candide"

Leonard Bernstein’s Candide is a coming-of-age story. The musical, and the Voltaire novel on which it is based, chronicles a loss of innocence and examines the philosophy of optimism and its breakdown. As a director, it’s always important for me to ask why we are telling this particular story right now, in 2019. What can Candide, as it traverses time periods and continents, teach us about growing up?

May 30, 2019

2019 China, May 25: Hangzhou—Nanjing

Principal Clarinet Ricardo Morales and Associate Principal Trumpet Jeffrey Curnow share a laugh as they make their way to the buses that will take them to the Hangzhou East Train Station for the short ride to Nanjing. Photo by Chris Lee

The tour party arrives at Nanjing’s South Station. Photo by Chris Lee

May 30, 2019

2019 China: Guest Post from Violinist Amy Oshiro-Morales

6:30 AM—Awoke in Hangzhou to this gorgeous view of the water and city, though slightly smoggy. Breakfast at the hotel was a huge display that went on and on ... yum! It was impossible to see all of the choices in the first go-around. For those of you who are curious, there are plenty of Chinese and western food options. The full breakfasts are always something my husband (Ricardo Morales, principal clarinet) and I look forward to during tours!

May 27, 2019

2019 China, May 24: Hangzhou

Musicians gave master classes and presented a chamber music performance at the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music. Photo by Chris Lee

Musicians and staff are driven around the very large campus in golf carts. Photo by Chris Lee

May 27, 2019

2019 China, May 23: Beijing—Hangzhou

Yannick greets Principal Viola Choong-Jin Chang and violist Marvin Moon on the plane to Huangzhou. Photo by Chris Lee

The tour party arrives at Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport. Photo by Chris Lee

May 26, 2019

2019 China, May 22: Beijing—Tianjin

For the second day in a row, violinist Philip Kates visits the children’s ward in a local hospital to share his music with the patients. Photo by Chris Lee

Photo by Chris Lee

May 24, 2019

2019 China: Guest Post from Julie Coker Graham, President and CEO, Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau

For six years, the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) has proudly partnered with The Philadelphia Orchestra as a Supporting Sponsor to support its highly acclaimed tours of China.

The Philadelphia Orchestra is a tremendous symbol of our city and serves as one of our best cultural ambassadors abroad. Music is a uniting force and it was a pleasure to accompany the Fabulous Philadelphians on this trip that marked 40 years of U.S.-China diplomatic relations.

May 24, 2019

2019 China, May 21: Beijing

While this was technically a free day for the musicians since there was no rehearsal or concert, a number of them were involved in official residency activities and some even ventured out on their own to bring the healing power of music to others.

The Gate to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Photo by Chris Lee

May 24, 2019

2019 China: Guest Post from Principal Trumpet David Bilger

Our Orchestra travels are mainly focused on playing spectacular concerts and building relationships with musicians and audiences around the world. That doesn't mean we don’t find ways to get out and about and have some fun, sometimes as tourists, and other times in our more official roles as musical ambassadors.

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