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
English horn/oboist Elizabeth Starr Masoudnia and Assistant Principal Second Violin Dara Morales gave master classes at the Central Conservatory Preparatory School. The School is an international, full-time high school dedicated to building a top-end music education while providing a rigorous academic atmosphere for students in order to prepare them for entry into world-renowned conservatories, comprehensive universities, and liberal arts colleges. The master classes were sponsored by Temple University, the Orchestra’s official education partner in China.
Elizabeth Starr Masoudnia with one of her students.
Dara Morales listens to one of her students during a master class.
Principal Flute Jeffrey Khaner also gave a master class. Here he poses with the participants, as well as Professor Han GuoLiang (far left) and his former student at the Curtis Institute of Music and now Principal Flute of the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music Symphony Zhang Bi-Le (far right).
Violinist Philip Kates never misses an opportunity to play for patients at local hospitals while on tour. Here he entertains patients and staff at the Peking Union Medical College Hospital.
Violist Marvin Moon arrives at the China Soong Ching Ling Science & Culture Center for Young People for a side-by-side chamber concert with musicians from the National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra (NCPAO). The newly built Center is the largest and most comprehensive center in China with five functioning sub centers: an experiencing center, arts center, early childhood education center, performing arts center, and international exchange center. Photo by Chris Lee
(Left to right): NCPAO violinist Chen Shu, Principal Second Violin Kimberly Fisher, violist Meng Wang, and NCPAO cellist Zhang Sheng rehearse traditional Chinese pieces for the concert. Photo by Chris Lee
(Left to right): Violinist Daniel Han, NCPAO violinist Liu Xian, NCPAO cellist Liang Xiao, and violist Marvin Moon perform excerpts from Mozart’s Quartet No. 17 (“The Hunt”). Photo by Chris Lee
(Left to right): NCPAO violinist Ma Weijia, violinist Paul Arnold, Associate Principal Cello Priscilla Lee, and violist Zhuang Ran play the first two movements of Schumann’s First Quartet. Photo by Chris Lee
All of the participants pose with officials after the concert. Photo by Chris Lee
A brass quintet (Associate Principal Trumpet Jeffrey Curnow, horn player Ernesto Tovar Torres, Principal Tuba Carol Jantsch, Co-Principal Trombone Matthew Vaughn, and trumpet player Anthony Prisk) performed a pop-up concert at the China Soong Ching Ling Science & Culture Center for Young People. Photo by Chris Lee
This youngster has the best view of the concert. Photo by Chris Lee
Photo by Chris Lee
A youngster chats with Ambassador Nicholas Platt during a break in the performance. Photo by Chris Lee
After the concert, Carol Jantsch was surrounded by children for a close-up look at her tuba.
Orchestra staff went out for a group dinner following the day of residency activities. Photo by Chris Lee