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2016 Asia, May 19: Hong Kong

May 19, 2016

Yannick and the Orchestra began their first “working” day of the Tour with a rehearsal at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. A portion of the woodwind section: (l to r) flute player Loren N. Lind, Principal Flute Jeffrey Khaner, and oboist Jonathan Blumenfeld. Photo by Jan Regan.

Principal Viola Choong-Jin Chang. Photo by Jan Regan.

Principal Second Violin Kimberly Fisher makes notes during the rehearsal break. Photo by Jan Regan.

Yannick leads the ensemble during rehearsal. Photo by Jan Regan. 

The musicians are not the only ones who have to prepare. Gregg Whiteside, the host of the Orchestra’s Sunday radio broadcasts on WRTI 90.1 FM, sits in a booth high above the Cultural Centre’s auditorium to rehearse his script for the live broadcasts of the Orchestra’s May 18 and 19 Hong Kong performances, heard at 8 AM in the Philadelphia region. Photo by Jan Regan.

Yannick’s intense concentration comes through during the rehearsal. Photo by Jan Regan.

Violist Renard Edwards. Photo by Jan Regan.

French horn player Shelley Showers and cellist Robert Cafaro warm up backstage at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre before the evening’s performance. Photo by Jan Regan.

The first concert of the 2016 Tour of Asia & China Residency and the Orchestra’s first appearance in Hong Kong since 2005: Yannick and the Fabulous Philadelphians performed Brahms’s Second Symphony and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade, and, as an encore, Glazunov’s Petit adagio from “Autumn” from The Seasons. Photo by Jan Regan.

Yannick asks a section of the Orchestra to stand and acknowledge the applause from the crowd in Hong Kong. Photo by Jan Regan.