Celebrate the rich history of the home where The Philadelphia Orchestra first made its sound famous—the glorious “Grand Old Lady of Locust Street.”
The majority of the Orchestra returned home to Philadelphia, but a string quartet of musicians (violinist Mei Ching Huang and Associate Principal Second Violin Paul Roby, violist Meng Wang, and Principal Cello Hai-Ye Ni) and a few staff members headed off to China for a week of residency activities.
Violinist Booker Rowe boards the bus to the airport for the flight home. Photo by Todd Rosenberg
A slice of the Shanghai skyline. Photo by Todd Rosenberg
Orchestra President & CEO Matías Tarnopolsky (center) and Executive Director Ryan Fleur meet with ShanghaiTech University leadership. The Orchestra and ShanghaiTech have signed a multi-year partnership. Photo by Todd Rosenberg
A poster of the schedule of residency activities at ShanghaiTech. Photo by Todd Rosenberg
Part of the Welcome Ceremony was the screening of a documentary film of the Chinese New Year Concert held in Verizon Hall in January 2019, which featured members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Shanghai Philharmonic. Photo by Todd Rosenberg
November 12: Hai-Ye chats with a musician from the Shanghai Philharmonic at ShanghaiTech before a rehearsal for a side-by-side concert the following evening. Photo by Todd Rosenberg
Paul Roby meets a Shanghai Philharmonic musician before the rehearsal. Photo by Todd Rosenberg
Musicians from both orchestras rehearse Mozart’s Flute Quartet No. 1. Photo by Todd Rosenberg
The other quartet rehearses Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 4. Photo by Todd Rosenberg
The musicians have lunch together at ShanghaiTech University. Photo by Todd Rosenberg
After lunch, the entire group rehearses Mendelssohn’s String Octet. Photo by Todd Rosenberg
Part of ShanghaiTech’s large campus. Photo by Todd Rosenberg
The musicians had a tour of the University and even had the opportunity to try their hands at some new technology. Photo by Todd Rosenberg
Musicians from the ShanghaiTech Student Orchestra perform and are coached by Philadelphia Orchestra musicians, who then joined them for a performance. Photo by Todd Rosenberg
Photo by Todd Rosenberg
November 13: Philadelphia Orchestra President and CEO Matías Tarnopolsky leads a panel discussion with Hai-Ye and Paul plus another musician from the Shanghai Philharmonic. Photo by Todd Rosenberg
The lobby of the hall at ShanghaiTech before the side-by-side chamber concert.
The musicians pose together after the concert.
November 14: The party traveled to Beijing for additional residency activities. Mei Ching and Meng joined musicians from the Orchestra Accademia China for a rehearsal at the China Conservatory of Music. The Orchestra Accademia China is a training ensemble and a vehicle for the creation and performance of Chinese music, and a collaborator with the China International Music Competition.
Paul, Mei Ching, and Meng pose in front of a digital poster for their side-by-side chamber concert.
November 15: The Philadelphia Orchestra and the China Conservatory of Music signed a five-year agreement to extend the Orchestra’s participation in the China International Music Competition. Each year, starting in 2021, that the Orchestra travels to Beijing with Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, they will participate in the final concert of the China International Music Competition. The Orchestra will also be involved in coaching, master classes, and joint music-making opportunities with the students and faculty of the China Conservatory of Music.
Wang Liguang, chairman of the Global Music Education League and president of the China Conservatory of Music, and Matías Tarnopolsky, president and CEO of The Philadelphia Orchestra, at the press conference announcing the new agreement.
The Philadelphians all give master classes at the China Conservatory.
November 16: The final day of the residency was a dress rehearsal and a chamber side-by-side concert with members of the Orchestra Accademia China at the China Conservatory of Music. A string quartet rehearses Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 4.
Musicians from both orchestras rehearse Mozart’s Flute Quartet No. 1.
The concert concluded with Mendelssohn’s String Octet.
All the musicians gathered for a joint photo following the concert.