2017 Asia, June 2: Ulaanbaatar

June 02, 2017

A small contingent of musicians and staff is in Ulaanbaatar where they will perform pop-up concerts, and give master classes and lectures on arts administration. This is the first time a Western orchestra has engaged in people-to-people exchange and outreach activities in Mongolia. The historic visit is in celebration of the 30th anniversary of U.S.-Mongolian diplomatic relations and is made possible by the direct investment and innovative leadership of the United States Department of State and the United States Embassy in Ulaanbaatar.

Violinist Phil Kates visited the Blue Sky Orphanage, pictured, where he performed for the children. Photo by Jan Regan.

Photo by Jan Regan.

Phil joins a youngster at the piano as she plays a traditional Mongolian song, “Thanks to My Teacher.” Photo by Jan Regan.

Principal Horn Jennifer Montone and Principal Trumpet David Bilger gave master classes at the National Defense University. Jennifer plays through exercises with a new French horn student. Photo by Jan Regan.

The attendees and participants in the master class. Photo by Jan Regan.

Executive Vice President for Orchestra Advancement Ryan Fleur participates in a press conference. Photo by Jan Regan.

Fleur delivers an arts administration lecture to 65 students in the American Corner at the Ulaanbaatar City Public Library

U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia Jennifer Zimdahl Galt welcomes Fleur and members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Patron Tour to her home for a reception. Photo by Jan Regan.

Assistant Principal Cello Yumi Kendall gets a quick lesson on the horsehead fiddle, a traditional two-stringed Mongolian instrument, from Khosbayar Zagdsuren, artistic director of the Mongolian State Philharmonic. Photo by Jan Regan.

A group shot at the reception. Photo by Jan Regan.