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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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