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Tours and Travels


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.

May 25, 2017

2017 Asia, May 25: Shanghai

The Orchestra’s cargo shipment arrives at the Shanghai Oriental Art Centre. Photo by Jan Regan.

It was a free day in Shanghai for most musicians. Bass trombonist Blair Bollinger and cellist Alex Veltman discuss plans to explore their favorite coffee shops. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 24, 2017

2017 Asia, May 23-24: Newark-Shanghai

Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestra embarked on their 2017 Tour of Asia yesterday. The almost 15-hour flight from Newark International Airport to Shanghai Pudong International Airport was thankfully uneventful and the musicians arrived at their hotel by mid-afternoon, weary but excited.

August 24, 2016

A SPACtacular Finale with Yannick Nézet-Séguin

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s 50th anniversary celebration culminated with The Philadelphia Orchestra’s third residency week under the baton of Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Special guest artists included pianist Lukáš Vondráček making his Philadelphia Orchestra debut (August 17); legendary soprano Renée Fleming making her SPAC debut (August 18); and cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han—the co-artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center—alongside violinist Benjamin Beilman (August 20).