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2016 Asia, May 26: Beijing

May 26, 2016

Yannick managed to have a section of the Great Wall all to himself today.

A luncheon on the final day in Beijing was an opportunity for Philadelphia Orchestra musicians to reunite with members of the China National Symphony Orchestra, formerly the Central Philharmonic Society of China. The musicians first met when the Orchestra made its historic trip to China in 1973. Associate Principal Bass Michael Shahan views photographs from that first trip and subsequent visits. Photo by Jan Regan.

Associate Principal Percussion Anthony Orlando (third from left) and violinists Davyd Booth and Herbert Light view the photo displays at the luncheon. Photo by Jan Regan.

Members of both orchestras join Ambassador Nicholas Platt, who helped facilitate the Orchestra’s historic 1973 tour of China, for a photo to commemorate the day. Photo by Jan Regan.

The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) hosted a party for musicians from The Philadelphia Orchestra and the NCPA Orchestra prior to that evening's concert. Yannick and Lü Jia, principal conductor of the NCPA Orchestra, cut the cake as NCPA President Chen Ping (left) and Philadelphia Orchestra President & CEO Allison Vulgamore look on. Photo by Jan Regan.

Cellists Glenn Fischbach (left) and Derek Barnes enjoy the party with other guests at the event. Photo by Jan Regan.

The Philadelphia Sound fills the NCPA with Mahler’s arrangement of Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 11 and Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony. Photo by Jan Regan.

Photo by Jan Regan.

The Orchestra’s second concert in Beijing brought yet another enthusiastic ovation. The Orchestra reciprocated with two encores, Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze” and Yanjun Hua’s Moon Reflected on the Second Fountain.

Yannick and Assistant Conductor Lio Kuokman chat backstage after the concert. Photo by Jan Regan.