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May 27, 2019

2019 China, May 23: Beijing—Hangzhou

Yannick greets Principal Viola Choong-Jin Chang and violist Marvin Moon on the plane to Huangzhou. Photo by Chris Lee

The tour party arrives at Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport. Photo by Chris Lee

May 26, 2019

2019 China, May 22: Beijing—Tianjin

For the second day in a row, violinist Philip Kates visits the children’s ward in a local hospital to share his music with the patients. Photo by Chris Lee

Photo by Chris Lee

May 24, 2019

2019 China: Guest Post from Julie Coker Graham, President and CEO, Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau

For six years, the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) has proudly partnered with The Philadelphia Orchestra as a Supporting Sponsor to support its highly acclaimed tours of China.

The Philadelphia Orchestra is a tremendous symbol of our city and serves as one of our best cultural ambassadors abroad. Music is a uniting force and it was a pleasure to accompany the Fabulous Philadelphians on this trip that marked 40 years of U.S.-China diplomatic relations.

May 24, 2019

2019 China, May 21: Beijing

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

May 24, 2019

2019 China: Guest Post from Principal Trumpet David Bilger

Our Orchestra travels are mainly focused on playing spectacular concerts and building relationships with musicians and audiences around the world. That doesn't mean we don’t find ways to get out and about and have some fun, sometimes as tourists, and other times in our more official roles as musical ambassadors.

May 22, 2019

2019 China, May 20: Beijing

Violinists Richard Amoroso and Yayoi Numazawa warm up for the morning’s rehearsal for that evening’s final round of the first-ever China International Music Competition, created by the Global Music Education League and the China Conservatory of Music. Photo by Chris Lee

Manager of Artist Services Kate Schimmer prepares coffee for Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Photo by Chris Lee

May 21, 2019

2019 China, May 19: Beijing and Hong Kong

Acting Associate Principal Bass Joseph Conyers gets in an early morning workout. Photo by Chris Lee

Violist Renard Edwards in front of the China Conservatory of Music, where the Orchestra rehearsed with the three finalists of the first-ever China International Music Competition, in preparation for the finals concert the next evening. Photo by Chris Lee

May 20, 2019

2019 China, May 18: Beijing

Today’s activities included a side-by-side rehearsal and concert with students from Minzu University of China (MUC) and an official anniversary concert commemorating 40 years of US-China Diplomatic Relations at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA).

May 18, 2019

2019 China, May 17: Beijing

The first “official” day of the tour began with a rehearsal at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA). Bass player David Fay rides the bus from the hotel to the hall. Photo by Chris Lee.

Musicians arrive at the NCPA, otherwise known as “The Egg.” Photo by Chris Lee

May 17, 2019

2019 China, May 16: Beijing

Thursday was a free day for most of the musicians, giving them a chance to get over any jet lag before the almost-daily schedule of rehearsals/concerts/residency activities begins in earnest.