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May 2013

May 31, 2013

Day Five - More Residency Activities and First Concert, in Hangzhou

5/31/13, Hangzhou: Philadelphia Orchestra Associate Conductor Cristian Măcelaru and Tour conductor Donald Runnicles peruse a score onstage before the morning rehearsal. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 30, 2013

Day Four - The Residency Begins, Hangzhou

 

5/30/13, Hangzhou: An Opening Ceremony and ribbon cutting was held for an exhibit on U.S.-China relations at the Hangzhou Grand Theatre, hosted by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. The exhibit includes images from the Orchestra’s 1973 Tour and celebrates the ensemble’s engagement with China. Dignitaries pose beneath a giant banner during the ceremony. Photo by Jan Regan.

 

May 29, 2013

Days Two and Three - Travel and Arrival in Shanghai

 

While most of the Orchestra went directly to the 2013 Residency and Fortieth Anniversary Tour’s official first stop in Huangzhou, nine musicians who were part of the historic 1973 Tour of China and several members of the administration and special guests arrived at Shanghai Pudong Airport for an Arrival Ceremony that mimicked the Orchestra’s 1973 welcome to Shanghai. They were greeted by dignitaries, the media, and children who presented bouquets of flowers.

 

May 28, 2013

China sweep: Orchestra securing classical fans in its 8th trip

As the Orchestra kicks off its 2013 Residency and Fortieth Anniversary Tour of China, Philadelphia Inquirer Music Critic David Patrick Stearns offers a sneak peek at the highlights of this history-making residency and tour. Check back frequently for more of David's stories from the road as he chronicles  his journeys through China with the Orchestra.   By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
May 27, 2013

Day One - Philadelphia to New York

 

5/27/13, Philadelphia: The Orchestra’s train to New York City boards at 30th St. Station on the first leg of the 2013 Residency and 40th Anniversary Tour of China. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 23, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra Announces Details of its 2013 Residency and Fortieth Anniversary Tour of China at Special Bon Voyage Celebration

After serving as the United States’ first cultural ambassador to China in 1973, The Philadelphia Orchestra launches the next chapter of its relationship with the People’s Republic—with performances and residency activities in Hangzhou, Shanghai, Tianjin, Beijing, and Macao.

May 17, 2013

Yumi Kendall Receives C. Hartman Kuhn Award; Kiyoko Takeuti Celebrates 25 Years in the Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra presented the C. Hartman Kuhn Award to Acting Associate Principal Cello Yumi Kendall at a special ceremony during its subscription concert on May 4, 2013. Philadelphia Orchestra Association Board Chairman Richard B. Worley presented the Award, which was established in 1941 and named for a charter member of the Board of Directors who served from 1901 to 1933.

May 16, 2013

We're Returning to Princeton on July 17: First Time in Nearly 50 Years!

It’s hard to believe but it’s been almost 50 years since the Orchestra last performed in Princeton, NJ, and we’re coming back! On July 17, 2013, William and Judith Scheide welcome The Philadelphia Orchestra for their Fifth Annual Scheide “Midsummer Celebration” concert at 8:00 PM in Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall.

May 15, 2013

Yannick Visits Settlement Music School

Settlement Music School was the site of Yannick's latest visit with music students and leaders in the community, as he learns more about Philadelphia's rich and varied musical life. Greeted warmly at the door by Settlement's executive director, Helen Eaton, and retired Philadelphia Orchestra Associate Principal Viola Sidney Curtiss, Yannick and Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore spent time in discussion with Ms. Eaton and Board member Ben Auger, who shared Settlement's history, mission, and current initiatives.

May 07, 2013

At the Academy, the Birth of Wire Transmission of Music

Last week marked the eightieth anniversary of an important milestone in the history of music technology. On April 27, 1933, The Philadelphia Orchestra, in collaboration with Bell Telephone Laboratories, presented a concert from the Academy of Music that was transmitted by telephone wire to a live audience in Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. Associate Conductor Alexander Smallens led the Orchestra in Philadelphia while conductor Leopold Stokowski was in Constitution Hall, “at the controls,” manipulating the sound electronically for the Washington audience.