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Day Eleven - Return to Beijing--Old Acquaintances Renewed

June 06, 2013

 

Today was all about the renewal of a relationship that began in 1973 between The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Central Philharmonic Society of China (now called the China National Symphony Orchestra). During that first tour to China, Eugene Ormandy led the Central Philharmonic Society in a rehearsal of the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, which was attended by musicians from Philadelphia. Following the rehearsal the two organizations exchanged numerous gifts.

This afternoon there was a reunion reception and symposium between a few members of the old Central Philharmonic and the nine musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra who were in China in 1973 and are on the Fortieth Anniversary Tour. Tonight was a joint concert between the two orchestras.

 

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6/6/13, Beijing: Zhao Fang, a member of the Central Philharmonic Society, is all smiles as he greets violinist Booker Rowe with a welcoming handshake. Photo by Jan Regan.

 

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6/6/13, Beijing: Gan Peiixue, a member of the Central Philharmonic Society, reminisces as she holds photographs taken in 1973. Photo by Jan Regan.

 

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6/6/13, Beijing: (L to r) Zhao Fang and Gan Peiixue make up for lost time as they chat with violinist Davyd Booth, retired violinist Herold Klein, Associate Principal Bass Michael Shahan, and violist Renard Edwards. Photo by Jan Regan.

 

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6/6/13, Beijing: Li Yan, the daughter of Li Delun, who was the music director of the Central Philharmonic Society and who interacted with the Philadelphians in 1973, listens to remarks during today’s reunion. Photo by Jan Regan.

 

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6/6/13, Beijing: The entire group of 1973 musicians from The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Central Philharmonic Society who attended the gathering today pose for an official portrait with Ambassador Nicholas Platt (back row, fourth from left). Photo by Jan Regan.

 

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6/6/13, Beijing: Ambassador Nicholas Platt, who facilitated the Orchestra’s 1973 visit to China, chats with violinist Davyd Booth at the reunion. Photo by Jan Regan.

 

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6/6/13, Beijing: Co-principal Harp Margarita Csonka Montanaro hugs Gan Peiixue at the conclusion of the reception. The members of the Central Philharmonic Society were also invited to the evening’s special side-by-side concert. Photo by Jan Regan.

 

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6/6/13, Beijing: Principal Tuba Carol Jantsch and violist Marvin Moon enjoy a down moment backstage at the National Centre for the Performing Arts, affectionately known as the “Egg,” prior to the concert. Photo by Jan Regan.

 

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6/6/13, Beijing: Concertmaster David Kim greets Li Xincao, conductor of the China National Symphony Orchestra, who led the combined ensembles in “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Donald Runnicles opened the concert by conducting the two orchestras in China’s National Anthem, “March of the Volunteers.” Photo by Jan Regan.

 

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6/6/13, Beijing: Members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the China National Symphony perform the two National Anthems to open the concert. Photo by Jan Regan.

 

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6/6/13, Beijing: Conductor Donald Runnicles leads the Philadelphians in a performance of Brahms’s Symphony No. 2. Photo by Jan Regan.

 

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6/6/13, Beijing: Maestro Runnicles leaves the stage to rapturous applause following the concert. Photo by Jan Regan.

 

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6/6/13, Beijing: The Orchestra was rewarded with a standing ovation by the near-capacity crowd following the special performance. Photo by Jan Regan.