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

May 23, 2013


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.

On May 23 The Philadelphia Orchestra detailed its 2013 Residency in the People’s Republic of China with a celebratory kickoff-event in the Kimmel Center’s Comcast Circle. Joined by musicians of the Orchestra as well as members of Philadelphia’s civic and business community, President and CEO Allison Vulgamore announced exciting details of the Residency and Tour, and also revealed that the concert planned for Tianjin—Philadelphia’s “Sister City”—on June 5 will be simulcast on a giant LED screen outside the Tianjin Grand Theatre. In addition to ticketholders, it is anticipated that 8,000-10,000 citizens will gather around the Theatre to watch the performance! To specially mark this exciting occasion—and as a special greeting from Philadelphia to all those who will attend the concert—GPTMC created a special “With Love” message that was translated into Chinese and was revealed at the Bon Voyage Ceremony this afternoon. It reads:

Dear Philadelphia Orchestra,

Congratulations on Forty Years of Making Beautiful Music in China.

With Love, Philadelphia XOXO 

P.S. Hope This Year’s Residency & Tour are as Harmonious as Ever.

 

The concerts on the Tour are:

Fri., May 31, 8 PM, Hangzhou Grand Theatre

Strauss Don Juan

Tchaikovsky Capriccio italien

Brahms Symphony No. 2

This is the first time an American Orchestra will perform in Hangzhou

 

Sat., June 1, 7:30 PM, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center

Rhythm of Love: Children’s Day Concert benefitting the Shanghai Soong Ching Ling-Pearl S. Buck Fund

Strauss Don Juan

Tchaikovsky Capriccio italien

Brahms Symphony No. 2

 

Sun., June 2, 7:30 PM, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center

Fortieth Anniversary Concert

Wagner Overture to Tannhäuser

Tchaikovsky Capriccio italien

Brahms Symphony No. 2

 

Wed., June 5, 7:30 PM, Tianjin Grand Theater

Fortieth Anniversary Concert and Special LED Simulcast

Gabriela Lena Frank Concertino Cusqueño

Wagner Overture to Tannhäuser

Brahms Symphony No. 2

                                                           

Thu., June 6, 7:30 PM, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing

Fortieth Anniversary Concert with the China National Symphony

Program includes:

Xia Guan First movement from Piano Concerto (“The Founder”)

(performed by the China National Symphony)

Brahms Symphony No. 2

(performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra)

 

Sat., June 8, 8 PM, The Venetian Theatre, Macao

Elgar Pomp and Circumstance, Op. 39, No. 4

Dvořák Slavonic Dance in E minor, Op. 72, No. 2

Gabriela Lena Frank Concertino Cusqueño

Strauss Don Juan

Tchaikovsky Capriccio italien

 

Sun., June 9, 8 PM, The Venetian Theatre, Macao

Wagner Overture to Tannhäuser

Brahms Symphony No. 2

 

This is just the first of many exciting updates on the China Tour front. Be sure to check back here frequently in the coming weeks to see exclusive behind-the-scenes photos, and hear the stories behind the Residency and Tour—right from the front lines.

Coming soon … photos from our Bon Voyage Celebration! In the meantime, we invite you to reflect on the Orchestra’s historic 1973 trip to China.

During The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 1973 Tour of China, Music Director Eugene Ormandy (center) visited the Great Wall with Mr. Liu of the Friendship Committee (the official tour host group), Gretel Ormandy (partially hidden at left), and Orchestra Board President C. Wanton Balis (right).

Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Eugene Ormandy and The Philadelphia Orchestra onstage at Beijing’s Hall of the Nationalities during its 1973 Tour of China.

The Central Philharmonic Society of China gives The Philadelphia Orchestra a new brass gong during the 1973 tour of China.