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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.

May 19, 2016

2016 Asia, May 19: Hong Kong

Yannick and the Orchestra began their first “working” day of the Tour with a rehearsal at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. A portion of the woodwind section: (l to r) flute player Loren N. Lind, Principal Flute Jeffrey Khaner, and oboist Jonathan Blumenfeld. Photo by Jan Regan.

Principal Viola Choong-Jin Chang. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 18, 2016

2016 Asia, May 16-18: Newark-Hong Kong

Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestra have embarked on their 2016 Tour of Asia & China Residency. After a slight delay at Newark International Airport, the Orchestra’s plane landed in Hong Kong and the weary travelers arrived at the hotel with only a little time to grab a bite to eat before heading to bed. While Wednesday, May 18, was a free day, there were a number of activities planned.

May 12, 2016

Orchestra Prepares to Tour Asia

As The Philadelphia Orchestra performs its final concerts of the 2015-16 subscription season, Yannick, the musicians, and the staff are busily getting ready for the 2016 Tour of Asia & China Residency, packing trunks, making final preparations, and assuring all is in order prior to their departure on May 16.

March 01, 2016

Florida through the Eyes of a Violinist

Philadelphia Orchestra violinist Paul Arnold is also an accomplished photographer. He has graciously shared some of his photos from the Orchestra’s recent tour to Florida for the enjoyment of all our readers.

February 29, 2016

An Orchestra Debut in Key Largo

The 2016 Florida Tour closed with the Orchestra’s first-ever concert in Key Largo, on Friday, February 26. The concert was sponsored by Board Member Scott Schumacker and his wife, Cynthia, and was held at the Ocean Reef Cultural Center. Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève and the Philadelphians were once again joined by violinist James Ehnes, this time for a performance of the Beethoven Concerto. The remainder of the program was Berlioz’s Overture to Beatrice and Benedict and excerpts from Mendelssohn’s Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

February 26, 2016

Bienvenidos a Miami!

The Orchestra traveled to Miami for the next leg of the 2016 Florida Tour. Stéphane Denève led a concert at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County’s Knight Concert Hall on Thursday, February 25. Earlier that day he led a workshop for the Leaders Orchestra of Miami Music Project (MMP) at Citrus Grove Middle School.

Denève leads the Miami Music Project students in a rehearsal featuring the third and fourth movements of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.

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