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2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency, Days 10 & 11: From Changsha to Shenzhen and Yet Another First

May 29, 2014

5/28/14, Changsha: Extra! Extra! Read all about it. The Orchestra’s Tuesday night performance in Changsha of Tan Dun’s Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women was front-page news in the local papers. Photo by Jan Regan.

5/28/14, Changsha: Ahhhhhhh. Acting Principal Trombone Matthew Vaughn, stagehand James Barnes, Associate Principal Oboe Peter Smith, and cellist Derek Barnes (l to r) find massage chairs at the Changsha Airport prior to the afternoon flight to Shenzhen. Photo by Jan Regan.

5/28/14, Shenzhen: The Shenzhen Concert Hall was the venue for master classes held by Orchestra members for musicians from the local community. Here trumpet player Anthony Prisk engages with another horn player. Photo by Jan Regan.

5/28/14, Shenzhen: Cellist Ohad Bar-David imparts what appear to be some humorous tips to a young musician during his master class. Photo by Jan Regan.

5/28/14, Shenzhen: Assistant Concertmaster Marc Rovetti leads a violin master class at the Shenzhen Concert Hall. Each of the master classes had interested audience members in addition to the participating students. Photo by Jan Regan.

5/28/14, Shenzhen: Orchestra Executive Vice President of Orchestra Advancement Ryan Fleur (left) and Associate Conductor Cristian Măcelaru discuss the artistic and management sides of a world-renowned orchestra at an arts lecture given at the Shenzhen Concert Hall. Photo by Jan Regan.

5/29/14, Shenzhen: Tan Dun’s Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women calls for percussive claps and here Yannick exaggerates one during the morning rehearsal prior to the night’s performance. Photo by Jan Regan.

5/29/14, Shenzhen: Musicians from The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Shenzhen Symphony join together for a reading rehearsal of Ode to Humanity by composer Ning Wang, who conducts the combined ensembles. Photo by Jan Regan.

5/29/14, Shenzhen: The Shenzhen Children’s Hospital was more than a little excited that violinist Philip Kates was going to perform for patients, creating this poster heralding his arrival. Photo by Jan Regan.

5/29/14, Shenzhen: Kates lets a patient play pizzicato on his violin during his much appreciated visit and performance. Photo by Jan Regan.

5/29/14, Shenzhen: The lobby of the Shenzhen Concert Hall was hopping with audience members of all ages prior to the performance. Photo by Jan Regan.

5/29/14, Shenzhen: The performance at Shenzhen Concert Hall was the first by an American orchestra as well as the final time the multimedia Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women was played on this tour. Photo by Jan Regan.

5/29/14, Shenzhen: The concert concluded with Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony, for which the Orchestra was rewarded with another standing ovation. Photo by Jan Regan.

5/29/14, Shenzhen: Enthusiastic fans lined up after the performance for autographs and a CD signing by Yannick. Photo by Jan Regan.

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The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns is traveling with the Orchestra on its 2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency. Read his latest dispatch from the road:  http://bit.ly/SVoYS3