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July 12, 2013

Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival - July 10 Behind the Scenes

Yannick has joined us for our final three concerts at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. Let us take you behind the scenes of a day in Vail that included a trip to a TV station, a rehearsal, and a concert featuring Yannick and guest cellist Alisa Weilerstein.



July 08, 2013

Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival - Week One in Review

The Orchestra’s first week in breathtaking Vail, Colo., featured big-name stars, high-flying acrobatics, and of course the beautiful sounds of the Fabulous Philadelphians.



7/5/13, Vail: Guest conductor Giancarlo Guerrero led the Orchestra in its first rehearsal of the Vail residency.


June 09, 2013

Day Fourteen - A Successful Tour Ends in Macao

6/9/13, Macao: (L to r) Philadelphia Orchestra horn player Shelley Showers, Associate Principal Timpani Angela Zator Nelson, and violinist Elina Kalendareva take a little time out for some fun in the city. Here they flag down a taxi to head into old town Macao for a little sightseeing on the final day of the Tour. Photo by Jan Regan.

June 07, 2013

Day Twelve - Performing for Children and a Surprise Pop-Up … in an Airplane!


Today’s stories prove that anything can happen while we’re on the road, and that the most beautiful musical experiences can often be created in the most unassuming of places.

June 06, 2013

Day Eleven - Return to Beijing--Old Acquaintances Renewed


Today was all about the renewal of a relationship that began in 1973 between The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Central Philharmonic Society of China (now called the China National Symphony Orchestra). During that first tour to China, Eugene Ormandy led the Central Philharmonic Society in a rehearsal of the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, which was attended by musicians from Philadelphia. Following the rehearsal the two organizations exchanged numerous gifts.

June 05, 2013

Day Ten - A Busy Day of Pop-Ups in Tianjin

Throughout the day in Tianjin, Philadelphia Orchestra chamber ensembles presented impromptu short performances (called pop-ups) for the public. From a fried dough company to a shopping mall, crowds in Tianjin received some unexpected surprises today, and clearly loved every minute!

June 04, 2013

Day Nine - On to Beijing

While the majority of the Orchestra traveled from Shanghai to Tianjin, a few musicians and administration members went to Beijing for an official reception given by US Ambassador to China Gary Locke at his residence and some master classes at the headquarters of the China National Symphony Orchestra.

June 03, 2013

Day Eight - Our final day in Shanghai

6/3/13, Shanghai: A thrilling start to the day in the form of a luncheon banquet in honor of the Fortieth Anniversary Tour hosted by the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government. Philadelphia Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore accepts a gift from Li Mingjun, director general, Shanghai Foreign Affairs Office, president, Shanghai People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. Photo by Jan Regan.

June 02, 2013

Day Seven - A Second Full Day in Shanghai

6/2/13, Shanghai: Donald Runnicles wears a “crew” t-shirt to conduct this morning’s open rehearsal. Students from the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center’s partner schools and sponsor guests were invited to get a close-up look at a working rehearsal. Photo by Jan Regan.