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June 03, 2012

Day Six - Great Wall, Chamber Concerts

6/2/12, Beijing, China: Violinist Booker Rowe speaks with the media as he and other Orchestra musicians arrive at China’s Great Wall. Booker is one of seven musicians on the 2012 Residency and Tour (including retired violinist Herold Klein) who traveled to China on the inaugural 1973 tour and still remains in the Orchestra today. Photo by Chris Lee  
June 02, 2012

Day Five - Beijing

6/1/12, Beijing, China: Orchestra members arrive for morning rehearsal at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. Photo by Chris Lee  
June 01, 2012

Day Four - First Rehearsal and Concert

5/31/12, Beijing, China: The Orchestra bus passes by Tiananmen Square en route to the first rehearsal at the National Centre for the Performing Arts. Photo by Chris Lee  
June 01, 2012

What is it?

Among the materials found at Penn was this curious object labeled as a “variable pitch box.” You’ll see the buttons are clearly labeled. But there was no documentation on what this piece of equipment did.

May 31, 2012

Day Three - Residency Activities

5/30/12, Beijing, China: (L to r) Orchestra Vice President of Public Relations and Communications Katherine Blodgett, Concertmaster David Kim, violist Che-Hung Chen, Acting Associate Principal Cello Yumi Kendall, and Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore travel to the Temple of Heaven for a pop-up concert. Photo by Chris Lee

May 30, 2012

Days One & Two - Travel

Chicago, IL, 5/28/12: Associate Principal Second Violin Paul Roby finds a quiet corner in the Chicago O’Hare International Airport to catch up on some reading while awaiting the flight to Beijing. Photo by Chris Lee

May 30, 2012

Stoki & Disney

In this blog post, I’d like to tell how my team of creative lighting and special effects designers and I will try to compliment, not compete with, the artistic magnificence of the Disney movie Fantasia, excerpts from which Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra will accompany live during the Stokowski Celebration Family Concert on June 23.

May 30, 2012

2012 Residency & Tour of China

The Philadelphia Orchestra is honored to represent the City of Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the United States of America in China during its 2012 Residency & Tour, May 29 through June 6, 2012.
May 23, 2012

The Votes Are In!

You have spoken! The final votes are in on the Audience Choice concert and you all put together a fantastic program for Saturday evening, June 23, at the Academy of Music. It was fascinating to watch the close race among the top choices. There were a few lead changes and some surprising results. In the end, here's what came out on top, and how Yannick has organized them into a compelling concert:Bach/orch. Stokowski Toccata and Fugue in D minor