2013 Residency & Fortieth Anniversary Tour of China


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 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.


June 01, 2013

Day Six - Off to Shanghai for More Residency Activities and a Children’s Day Benefit Concert

6/1/13, Shanghai: The day begins with travel as Orchestra members return to Shanghai. John Koen, acting assistant principal cello, encounters a local musician in the Shanghai train station and poses for a photo opp. Photo by Glenn Fischbach.


May 31, 2013

Day Five - More Residency Activities and First Concert, in Hangzhou

5/31/13, Hangzhou: Philadelphia Orchestra Associate Conductor Cristian Măcelaru and Tour conductor Donald Runnicles peruse a score onstage before the morning rehearsal. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 30, 2013

Day Four - The Residency Begins, Hangzhou


5/30/13, Hangzhou: An Opening Ceremony and ribbon cutting was held for an exhibit on U.S.-China relations at the Hangzhou Grand Theatre, hosted by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. The exhibit includes images from the Orchestra’s 1973 Tour and celebrates the ensemble’s engagement with China. Dignitaries pose beneath a giant banner during the ceremony. Photo by Jan Regan.