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2016 Asia, May 16-18: Newark-Hong Kong

May 18, 2016

Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestra have embarked on their 2016 Tour of Asia & China Residency. After a slight delay at Newark International Airport, the Orchestra’s plane landed in Hong Kong and the weary travelers arrived at the hotel with only a little time to grab a bite to eat before heading to bed. While Wednesday, May 18, was a free day, there were a number of activities planned.

The Asia Society Hong Kong held a luncheon and panel discussion entitled “The Importance of Cultural Diplomacy between China and the U.S.—Both Then and Now.” Ambassador Nicholas Platt gave the keynote address and Orchestra musicians violinist Mei Ching Huang and violist Rachel Ku performed. There was also a reception at the residence of Ambassador Clifford Hart, the consul general of the U.S. to Hong Kong and Macao, where Orchestra violinists Amy Oshiro-Morales and Elina Kalendarova performed.

A quartet of Orchestra musicians, Associate Concertmaster Ying Fu, violist Burchard Tang, Principal Clarinet Ricardo Morales, and Assistant Conductor Lio Kuokman on piano, joined the RTHK (Radio Television Hong Kong) Quartet for a live in-studio performance, and Principal Second Violin Paul Roby, Assistant Principal Second Violin Dara Morales, violist Brian Chen, and Acting Associate Principal Cello John Koen performed at the Morningside College Gala Dinner at the Asia Society.

Principal Timpani Don Liuzzi catches up on paper work while waiting for the flight from Newark International Airport. Photo by Jan Regan.

Victoria Morales, daughter of Orchestra violinist Amy-Oshiro Morales and Principal Clarinet Ricardo Morales, is a seasoned traveler, having been on a number of Orchestra tours. Photo by Jan Regan.

Photo by Jan Regan

Ambassador Nicholas Platt, who helped facilitate the Orchestra’s historic 1973 tour of China, gives the keynote speech on cultural diplomacy between the U.S. and China at the Asia Society. Photo by Jan Regan.

(L to r): Orchestra Vice President for Global Initiatives and Government Relations Craig Hamilton; BNY Mellon Chairman of Asia Pacific Steve Lackey; Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council Winsome Chow; and Executive Director of the Asia Society S. Alice Mong formed the panel. Photo by Jan Regan.

Orchestra violinist Mei Ching Huang (left) and Orchestra violist Rachel Ku performed Mark O’Connor’s F.C.’s Jig and Mozart’s Duo No. 1 for Violin and Viola at the Asia Society luncheon and panel discussion. Photo by Jan Regan.

Gathered at the reception at Ambassador Clifford Hart’s residence are (l to r) Orchestra Vice President for Global Initiatives and Government Relations Craig Hamilton; Deputy Consul General Tom Cooney; Ambassador Nicholas Platt; Orchestra Executive Vice President for Orchestra Advancement Ryan Fleur; and Orchestra violinists Amy-Oshiro Morales and Elina Kalendarova. Photo by Jan Regan.

Amy Oshiro-Morales (left) and Elina Kalendarova perform at the Hong Kong Consul Reception. Photo by Jan Regan.