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2016 Asia, May 23: Beijing

May 23, 2016

Nothing brightens up a travel day like coffee and doughnuts from the music director. Kate Schimmer, the Orchestra’s manager of artistic services, offered the treats provided by Yannick to Orchestra musicians as they waited at the gate for the flight from Shanghai to Beijing. Photo by Jan Regan.

Friends, staff, and members of the Orchestra attended a reception at the residence of U.S. Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China Max Baucus (third from left) on the first evening in Beijing. Joining Ambassador Baucus (from left) are Ambassador Nicholas Platt, who helped facilitate the Orchestra’s historic 1973 tour of China; Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore; and Ambassador Baucus’s wife, Melodee. Photo by Jan Regan.

Philadelphia Orchestra double bass player David Fay and his wife, violist Pamela, attend the reception with their son Alex, who is attending graduate school in Beijing. Photo by Jan Regan.

Yannick delivers remarks at the reception. Photo by Jan Regan.

Orchestra violinist Philip Kates and Acting Associate Principal Cello John Koen perform at the reception, which included a piece composed by Kates. He dedicated this first public performance of the work to Ambassador Platt. Photo by Jan Regan.