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Orchestra Prepares to Tour Asia

May 12, 2016

As The Philadelphia Orchestra performs its final concerts of the 2015-16 subscription season, Yannick, the musicians, and the staff are busily getting ready for the 2016 Tour of Asia & China Residency, packing trunks, making final preparations, and assuring all is in order prior to their departure on May 16.

This morning, in the Liberty View Ballroom of the Independence Visitor Center, Philadelphia Orchestra President & CEO Allison Vulgamore presided over an official launch for the Tour, welcoming partners, sponsors, and other stakeholders, including City Representative Sheila M. Hess; Executive Deputy Secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Neil Weaver; and Penn Global Executive Director for Global Initiatives Amy Gadsden. Philadelphia Orchestra violinists Elina Kalendarova and Amy Oshiro-Morales performed at the ceremony.

Allison Vulgamore. Photo by Pete Checchia

Sheila M. Hess. Photo by Pete Checchia

Neil Weaver. Photo by Pete Checchia

Amy Gadsden. Photo by Pete Checchia

The 2016 Tour of Asia and China Residency runs May 19 through June 5, and marks Yannick’s second tour to the Far East with the ensemble. The Tour begins with two concerts in Hong Kong on May 19 and 20—both of which will be broadcast live over Philadelphia’s classical music radio station, WRTI, 90.1 FM, at 8 AM EDT. The Orchestra continues to Shanghai where it opens the city’s International Tourism Resort Zone, home to the new Shanghai Disney Resort. The Philadelphians then travel to Beijing, Macao, and Japan, with concerts in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kawasaki (a debut performance for the Orchestra). Visit our blog often for photos and reports from the Tour.

Violinists Amy Oshiro-Morales (left) and Elina Kalendarova. Photo by Pete Checchia

(L to r): Neil Weaver, Amy Gadsden, Allison Vulgamore, and Sheila M. Hess. Photo by Pete Checchia

(L to r): Principal at Keystone Advisers Ari Mittleman; Philadelphia Orchestra Vice President for Global Initiatives and Government Relations Craig Hamilton; Regional Representative for Senator Robert Casey Kurt Imhof; Allison Vulgamore; and Philadelphia Orchestra Executive Vice President for Orchestra Advancement Ryan Fleur. Photo by Pete Checchia

Allison Vulgamore and Honorary Consul General to Japan for Philadelphia Dennis Morikawa. Photo by Pete Checchia

The 2016 Tour of Asia and China Residency is made possible through the generous support of valued sponsors and partners. The Venetian Macao is the presenting sponsor of the Tour and Residency. Shanghai Media Group is the presenting partner of the Orchestra in Shanghai. Penn Wharton China Center is the presenting sponsor in Beijing. Ruder Finn is the official public relations agency for the Tour. The Orchestra’s primary partner is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, with China-U.S. Exchange Foundation, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Morningside Education Foundation Limited, the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Team PA, United Airlines, and White and Williams, LLP, as additional Tour partners.

To read more about the Tour, view the press release here.