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2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency

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May 29, 2014

2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency, Days 10 & 11: From Changsha to Shenzhen and Yet Another First

Extra! Extra! Read all about it. The Orchestra’s Tuesday night performance in Changsha of Tan Dun’s Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women was front-page news in the local papers.

May 29, 2014

The Secret Songs of Women

One definite highlight of the Orchestra’s tour is Chinese composer Tan Dun’s Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women. The multi-media work—which received its U.S. premiere in Verizon Hall with Yannick and the Philadelphians last fall—is being performed in multiple cities (including today’s concert in Shenzhen), but nowhere was it more highly anticipated than in Tan Dan’s native Hunan Province. Tuesday’s concert in Changsha was thrilling, powerful, and emotional.

May 28, 2014

2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency, Day 9: On to Changsha and Hometown Premiere of Nu Shu

With visits to five cities in China during the 2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency, sometimes it seems as though Orchestra members are as familiar with airports as they are with concert stages.

May 27, 2014

2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency, Day 8: Last Day in Shanghai and First Event in Changsha

5/26/14, Shanghai: Philadelphia Orchestra musicians performed a side-by-side concert with members of the Shanghai City Symphony Orchestra. Here, Principal Oboe Richard Woodhams greets an oboe-playing colleague prior to the afternoon’s rehearsal. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 27, 2014

2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency: A Musician’s Homecoming

Three Philadelphia Orchestra musicians—Associate Concertmaster Ying Fu, Principal Cello Hai-Ye Ni, and violinist Julia Li—were born in mainland China and for them, the Tour is a homecoming. Fu, who joined the Orchestra at the start of the 2013-14 season, was born in Shanghai and earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. His parents, who still live in Shanghai, were in the audience when the Philadelphians performed at the Shanghai Grand Theatre on Sunday.

Q: What was it like to perform in Shanghai as a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra?

May 25, 2014

2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency, Days 6 & 7—Residency Activities & Shanghai Concerts

5/24/14, Shanghai: After four rewarding days in Beijing, the Orchestra lands in Shanghai where they made music with, and for, students and performed with local musicians. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 23, 2014

2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency, Day 5—The Orchestra’s Second Concert at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Bejing

5/23/14, Beijing: Horn player Denise Tryon finds a space to warm up before tonight’s concert. Photo by Jan Regan.

5/23/14, Beijing: And the performance begins! Yannick and the Orchestra open the concert with Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 (“Jupiter”). Photo by Jan Regan.

May 23, 2014

2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency: Live from Shanghai!

Wish you could travel with The Philadelphia Orchestra while they’re on tour in Asia? This weekend you can, when Sunday’s concert in Shanghai is streamed live around the world. Join the lucky Chinese audience and grab a front row seat at the Shanghai Grand Theatre to see Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin lead the Philadelphians in Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 (“Jupiter”) and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.

May 22, 2014

2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency, Day 4—Rehearsal, a Hospital Visit, and the Orchestra’s First Concert in China with Yannick

5/22/14, Beijing:  It was a percussive moment as Yannick and Principal Harp Elizabeth Hainen rehearsed with the Orchestra prior to tonight’s concert. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 22, 2014

2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency: A Special Dedication to the People of China

When The Philadelphia Orchestra gives the first full concert of the 2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency tonight, it will be the first time the ensemble has performed outside the U.S. under the leadership of Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The program for this milestone performance at Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts includes Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 (“Pathétique”) and, in a special dedication to Chinese audiences, Tan Dun’s Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women, Symphony for Microfilms, Harp, and Orchestra.

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