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June 05, 2017

2017 Asia, June 4-5: Ulaanbaatar-Seoul

After a whirlwind two-day visit to Ulaanbaatar, (l to r) Co-Principal Trombone Matthew Vaughn, trumpet player Anthony Prisk, and Principal Trumpet David Bilger wait at Chinggis Khaan International Airport for their morning flight to Seoul, where they, and the rest of the Mongolian mission, meet up with the remainder of the Orchestra tour party, who were traveling from Beijing. Photo by Jan Regan.

June 03, 2017

2017 Asia, June 3: Ulaanbaatar

Musicians performed in numerous concerts today around Ulaanbaatar. A young audience member came early to an International Children’s Week Concert at the Children’s Palace, baton in hand. Photo by Jan Regan.

A children’s chorus opened the concert with a rendition of “This Land Is Your Land.” Photo by Jan Regan.

June 02, 2017

2017 Asia, June 2: Ulaanbaatar

A small contingent of musicians and staff is in Ulaanbaatar where they will perform pop-up concerts, and give master classes and lectures on arts administration. This is the first time a Western orchestra has engaged in people-to-people exchange and outreach activities in Mongolia. The historic visit is in celebration of the 30th anniversary of U.S.-Mongolian diplomatic relations and is made possible by the direct investment and innovative leadership of the United States Department of State and the United States Embassy in Ulaanbaatar.

June 01, 2017

2017 Asia, June 1: Beijing and Ulaanbaatar

When we asked our musicians what it's like to tour Asia with the Orchestra, Associate Principal Trumpet Jeff Curnow responded with this illustration about how he survives jet lag. Jeff is a well-known cartoonist, and his work can be found regularly on NPR Classical’s Twitter and Facebook feeds.

May 31, 2017

2017 Asia, May 31: Beijing

Today was a rehearsal and concert in celebration of the National Centre for the Performing Arts’ 10th Anniversary. One of the musicians discovered just how well-known the Orchestra is in China.

May 30, 2017

2017 Asia, May 30: Beijing

Tour staff met over lunch to review logistics for upcoming travels to Ulaanbaatar and Seoul. Photo by Jan Regan.

With part of the day free to relax, some musicians explored Beijing, including the Temple of Heaven, a peaceful park in the heart of an often chaotic city. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 29, 2017

2017 Asia, May 29: Beijing

Today’s focus was on a Side-by-Side rehearsal and concert at the National Library of China Concert Hall with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Starry Sky Orchestra, which is comprised of prominent Chinese businesspeople and entrepreneurs. All were formally trained on their instrument, and most were elite conservatory-level talents in their youth or adolescence.

May 28, 2017

2017 Asia, May 28: Beijing

Some members of the tour party traveled to Beijing to be ready for a rehearsal and concert with the Starry Sky Orchestra on Monday, while others stayed in Shanghai. Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore and Executive Vice President for Orchestra Advancement Ryan Fleur were among those who went on to Beijing, for a tour of the Soong Ching Ling Residence, a meeting with officials from the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation and the Kawai Musical Instrument Manufacturing Company, and a dinner.  

May 27, 2017

2017 Asia, May 27: Shanghai

Today there was a sound check and a concert at the Shanghai International Tourism and Resorts Zone, home to Shanghai Disney. This was the second year in a row the Orchestra had performed there. Principal Librarian Robert Grossman passes out the music prior to the sound check. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 26, 2017

2017 Asia, May 26: Shanghai

Philadelphia Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore was the keynote speaker at the morning session of an orchestra management seminar held at the Shanghai Oriental Art Centre. Photo by Jan Regan.