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May 28, 2016

2016 Asia, May 28: Macao

This morning a number of musicians gave master classes at the Macao Conservatory of Music. Assistant Prinicpal Cello Yumi Kendall helps her young student find the “center” of the bow by locating the balancing point. Photo by Jan Regan.

Oboist Jonathan Blumenfeld’s student implements some of his instruction. Photo by Jonathan Blumenfeld. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 27, 2016

2016 Asia, May 27: Macao

The Orchestra departed Beijing for Macao today, where they will present two concerts at the Venetian Macao. Sands China Ltd. President and COO Wilfred Wong welcomes them to Macao at a press conference held at the Four Seasons Hotel Macao. The Venetian Macao is the presenting sponsor of The Philadelphia Orchestra's 2016 Tour of Asia & China Residency and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is a Tour Partner. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 26, 2016

2016 Asia, May 26: Beijing

Yannick managed to have a section of the Great Wall all to himself today.

May 24, 2016

2016 Asia, May 24: Beijing

Violinist Richard Amoroso guides a young musician during a master class held at the Penn Wharton China Center (PWCC) in Beijing. PWCC is the presenting sponsor for the Beijing leg of the Orchestra’s Tour. The collaboration between the two organizations highlights the importance both PWCC and The Philadelphia Orchestra place on fostering people-to-people exchange. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 23, 2016

2016 Asia, May 23: Beijing

Nothing brightens up a travel day like coffee and doughnuts from the music director. Kate Schimmer, the Orchestra’s manager of artistic services, offered the treats provided by Yannick to Orchestra musicians as they waited at the gate for the flight from Shanghai to Beijing. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 23, 2016

2016 Asia, May 22: Shanghai

The Orchestra spent only one full day in Shanghai—and it was a busy one. Twenty-five musicians spent the morning in a 90-minute rehearsal for an afternoon side-by-side concert later that afternoon. Also that afternoon the Orchestra proudly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Shanghai Media Group. That evening, the Philadelphians performed in the Shanghai Oriental Art Center.

May 21, 2016

2016 Asia, May 21: Shanghai

Today the Orchestra traveled from Hong Kong to Shanghai. Tour Coordinator Jeen Fedelich was ready and waiting with hotel keys and information. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 20, 2016

2016 Asia, May 20: Hong Kong

The South China Morning Post's review of the Orchestra’s first performance at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre last evening was rapturous, saying the concert provided “non-stop magic under Nézet-Séguin. … Like a great Hong Kong milk tea, the beauty of orchestral sound comes from the complex depth and blend of flavours. The rich string legato is key but so are faultless brass, singing woodwinds and crisp percussion.” The review further stated, “precision, controlled power, beautiful pacing and perfect solos [were] on display in Brahms’s Symphony No.