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2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency, Day 4—Rehearsal, a Hospital Visit, and the Orchestra’s First Concert in China with Yannick

May 22, 2014

5/22/14, Beijing:  It was a percussive moment as Yannick and Principal Harp Elizabeth Hainen rehearsed with the Orchestra prior to tonight’s concert. Photo by Jan Regan.

5/22/14, Beijing: Yannick and Tan Dun give their final thoughts to the ensemble after the rehearsal for Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women, Symphony for Microfilms, Harp, and Orchestra. This rehearsal was open to students from Beijing area schools and from Drexel University. Drexel University is the Orchestra’s Education Partner for the 2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency. Photo by Jan Regan.

5/22/14, Beijing: Following the rehearsal, violinist Philip Kates, Acting Assistant Principal Cello John Koen, and Assistant Principal Second Violin Dara Morales visited Peking Union Medical College Hospital to share the healing power of music. Photo by Jan Regan.

5/22/14, Beijing: A mother and son enjoy the opportunity to make music with Koen at the Hospital. Photo by Jan Regan.

5/22/14, Beijing: Kates serenades a crowd of onlookers at the Peking Union Medical College Hospital. Photo by Jan Regan.

5/22/14, Beijing: Soon it was time for the concert, and Orchestra members entered the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), also known as the Egg. Photo by Jan Regan.

5/22/14, Beijing: The moment the musicians and the audience at the NCPA had looked forward to had arrived. Tan Dun’s Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women had its public Chinese premiere and the night’s concert marked the first time the ensemble performed outside the U.S. under Yannick’s baton. Photo by Jan Regan.

 

5/22/14, Beijing: Tan Dun’s Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women, Symphony for Microfilms, Harp, and Orchestra was written for Principal Harp Elizabeth Hainen, co-commissioned by The Philadelphia Orchestra, and given its U.S. premiere under Yannick’s baton last fall. Photo by Jan Regan. 

5/22/14, Beijing: Tan Dun, Elizabeth Hainen, and Yannick acknowledge the rapturous applause following the performing of Nu Shu,which is dedicated to the people of China. Photo by Jan Regan.

5/22/14, Beijing: The second half of the concert was Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony. Responding to the crowd after its conclusion, Yannick walks off stage with the flowers he received, and playfully puts one behind his ear. Photo by Jan Regan.

5/22/14, Beijing: Meeting backstage after the concert are (l to r) Chen Ping, president of the National Centre for the Performing Arts; Yannick; Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore; and Tan Dun. The Orchestra’s Residency program was formed in partnership with the National Centre for the Performing Arts. Photo by Jan Regan.

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The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns is traveling with the Orchestra on its 2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency. Read his latest dispatch from the road: http://bit.ly/1tUDZk8