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2016 Asia, May 22: Shanghai

May 23, 2016

The Orchestra spent only one full day in Shanghai—and it was a busy one. Twenty-five musicians spent the morning in a 90-minute rehearsal for an afternoon side-by-side concert later that afternoon. Also that afternoon the Orchestra proudly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Shanghai Media Group. That evening, the Philadelphians performed in the Shanghai Oriental Art Center.

The threat of rain (that never came) was not going to deter concertgoers from seeing members of The Philadelphia Orchestra perform a side-by-side concert with members of the Shanghai Philharmonic at the Shanghai International Tourism and Resorts Zone, home to the new Shanghai Disneyland. Photo by Jan Regan.

Elizabeth Starr Masoudnia joins members of the oboe section from the Shanghai Philharmonic. Photo by Jan Regan. 

Philadelphia Orchestra Assistant Conductor Lio Kuokman (pictured) shared the podium with Shanghai Philharmonic Music Director Muhai Tang. Photo by Jan Regan.

Holly Blake and her bassoonist colleagues. Photo by Jan Regan.

Snapping a selfie to commemorate a wonderful day are (l to r) Philadelphia Orchestra Vice President for Global Initiatives Craig Hamilton; Executive Vice President for Orchestra Advancement Ryan Fleur; and President and CEO Allison Vulgamore. Photo by Jan Regan.

Audience members put their programs to creative use on a hot day. Photo by Jan Regan.

Principal Trumpet David Bilger and Co-Principal Trombone Matthew Vaughn were part of the brass section. Photo by Jan Regan.

Audience members show their appreciation for the great music they were rewarded with after coming out despite the heat and prediction of rain. Photo by Jan Regan.

Muhai Tang (left) and Lio Kuokman acknowledge the audience at the conclusion of the concert. Photo by Jan Regan.

Later that afternoon Allison Vulgamore and Chairman of the Shanghai Municipality People’s Congress Yin Yicui were surrounded by dignitaries as they signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding to continue the strong ties between the two orchestras, including a reciprocal visit by the Shanghai ensemble to the U.S. Photo by Jan Regan.

A crowd gathers outside the Shanghai Oriental Art Center for the Orchestra’s evening performance. Photo by Jan Regan.

Yannick is about to step onstage for the start of the concert. Photo by Jan Regan.

The program for the Orchestra’s concert was Sibelius’s Finlandia, Grieg’s Suite No. 1 from Peer Gynt, and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4. Photo by Jan Regan.

The Orchestra performs in the elegant Shanghai Oriental Art Center. Photo by Jan Regan.

Violinist Herbert Light chats with Yannick following the concert. Photo by Jan Regan.