While most of the Orchestra went directly to the 2013 Residency and Fortieth Anniversary Tour’s official first stop in Huangzhou, nine musicians who were part of the historic 1973 Tour of China and several members of the administration and special guests arrived at Shanghai Pudong Airport for an Arrival Ceremony that mimicked the Orchestra’s 1973 welcome to Shanghai. They were greeted by dignitaries, the media, and children who presented bouquets of flowers.
As the Orchestra kicks off its 2013 Residency and Fortieth Anniversary Tour of China, Philadelphia Inquirer Music Critic David Patrick Stearns offers a sneak peek at the highlights of this history-making residency and tour. Check back frequently for more of David's stories from the road as he chronicles his journeys through China with the Orchestra.
By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
After serving as the United States’ first cultural ambassador to China in 1973, The Philadelphia Orchestra launches the next chapter of its relationship with the People’s Republic—with performances and residency activities in Hangzhou, Shanghai, Tianjin, Beijing, and Macao.
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