Wish you could travel with The Philadelphia Orchestra while they’re on tour in Asia? This weekend you can, when Sunday’s concert in Shanghai is streamed live around the world. Join the lucky Chinese audience and grab a front row seat at the Shanghai Grand Theatre to see Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin lead the Philadelphians in Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 (“Jupiter”) and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.
Shanghai is the second stop on the 2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency. Last night’s opening concert in Beijing—Yannick’s first with the Orchestra on tour—was a smashing success. The audience in the intimate National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) was a mixture of young and old, with many children in attendance, and in awe.
The program opened with a special piece dedicated to the audience—Chinese composer Tan Dun’s Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women. The work, which received its American premiere with The Philadelphia Orchestra last fall, revealed new texture and color in Beijing. Architectural details of the concert hall blended seamlessly with Nu Shu’s visual aesthetic. Aural effects of tapping rocks and water droplets in the percussion section were especially effective; and subtle lines like those played by bass clarinet Paul Demers emerged in fresh light. The crowd loved it. A great roar went up when Tan Dun leapt on stage for bows.
Photo by Jan Regan
Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 was a thrilling ride of energy and heartbreak. The contrast between the pomp of the third movement march and the devastating blow of the fourth movement was cataclysmic. You could hear a pin drop. Rapturous applause was followed by rhythmic clapping—demanding more.
After the encore of Tchaikovsky’s Polonaise from Eugene Onegin, NCPA President Chen Ping visited Yannick backstage, praising him and the Orchestra. An overjoyed Tan Dun was busy signing autographs.
Sound exciting? Then you won’t mind getting up a little early Sunday morning to be a part of it. The live stream of the Shanghai concert begins at 7:30 AM Philadelphia time. To watch the concert for free, you’ll need to preregister at www.yunbomedia.com.
The May 25 concert is the first-ever symphonic webcast from China to an international audience and is another milestone in the Orchestra’s storied relationship with China. Since 1973, when President Richard M. Nixon asked the Orchestra to be the first American orchestra to perform in China, the ensemble has returned multiple times for tours and performances, and is now in the third year of a multi-year residency program.
See you in Shanghai on Sunday!