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2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency, Day 8: Last Day in Shanghai and First Event in Changsha

May 27, 2014

5/26/14, Shanghai: Philadelphia Orchestra musicians performed a side-by-side concert with members of the Shanghai City Symphony Orchestra. Here, Principal Oboe Richard Woodhams greets an oboe-playing colleague prior to the afternoon’s rehearsal. Photo by Jan Regan.

5/26/14, Shanghai: The language barrier didn’t prevent violist David Nicastro and his counterpart from comparing notes. Photo by Jan Regan.

 5/26/14, Shanghai: Second violinist Dimitri Levin and a member of the Shanghai City Symphony Orchestra go over a few things before the beginning of the rehearsal. Photo by Jan Regan.

 

5/26/14, Shanghai: Venerated conductor Cao Peng leads the combined ensembles during the rehearsal of Verdi’s Overture to La forza del destino. Photo by Jan Regan.

5/26/14, Shanghai: The musicians from both ensembles, including Acting Assistant Principal Cello John Koen, clearly enjoyed playing together at the concert, held at the Shanghai Oriental Art Centre. Photo by Jan Regan.

5/26/14, Shanghai: Another performance shot from the concert with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Shanghai City Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Jan Regan.

5/26/14, Shanghai: Not only did musicians from each ensemble share music stands, but the podium was shared by both Cao Peng and the Orchestra’s associate conductor, Cristian Măcelaru. Here he is greeted by the Shanghai City Symphony Orchestra’s concertmaster prior to the start of the second half of the concert, when the ensemble performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 (“Pastoral”). Photo by Jan Regan.

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While most of the Orchestra party stayed in Shanghai, a small group traveled to Changsha for a press conference held at Hunan TV the day before the Orchestra’s performance of Tan Dun’s Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women.

5/26/14, Changsha: Participating in the press conference are (from left) Elizabeth Hainen, the Orchestra’s principal harp; Allison Vulgamore, the Orchestra’s president and chief executive officer; and composer Tan Dun. Changsha is in Hunan province, the birthplace of both the Nu Shu language and Tan Dun, and the inspiration for the composition.

 5/27/14, Changsha: Three of the women who speak the Nu Shu language and who appear in the films Tan Dun created to accompany Nu Shu join with Hainen during the event. 

5/26/14, Changsha: Tan Dun wrote Nu Shu for Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Harp Elizabeth Hainen, who performs a section of the work, accompanied by one of the films.