Violinist Richard Amoroso guides a young musician during a master class held at the Penn Wharton China Center (PWCC) in Beijing. PWCC is the presenting sponsor for the Beijing leg of the Orchestra’s Tour. The collaboration between the two organizations highlights the importance both PWCC and The Philadelphia Orchestra place on fostering people-to-people exchange. Photo by Jan Regan.
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.
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 South China Morning Post's review of the Orchestra’s first performance at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre last evening was rapturous, saying the concert provided “non-stop magic under Nézet-Séguin. … Like a great Hong Kong milk tea, the beauty of orchestral sound comes from the complex depth and blend of flavours. The rich string legato is key but so are faultless brass, singing woodwinds and crisp percussion.” The review further stated, “precision, controlled power, beautiful pacing and perfect solos [were] on display in Brahms’s Symphony No.
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.
Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestra have embarked on their 2016 Tour of Asia & China Residency. After a slight delay at Newark International Airport, the Orchestra’s plane landed in Hong Kong and the weary travelers arrived at the hotel with only a little time to grab a bite to eat before heading to bed. While Wednesday, May 18, was a free day, there were a number of activities planned.