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June 03, 2016

2016 Asia, June 2: Osaka

The Orchestra traveled by train to Osaka for a concert. Violinist Elina Kalendarova has been joined on the tour by her father, Edward Kalendar. The two wait outside the Shinagawa Train Station in Tokyo before the 80-minute journey. Photo by Jan Regan.

June 02, 2016

2016 Asia, June 1: Tokyo

The Japan National Press Club hosted a performance and panel discussion on cultural exchange with Philadelphia Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore and four musicians for over 60 of Japan's leading journalists. Prior to the event, each musician and Allison (pictured) signed a special guestbook. Photo by Jan Regan.

June 02, 2016

Yannick Nézet-Séguin/Philadelphia Orchestra Timeline of Achievements

Photo by Chris Lee

December 2008: Makes Philadelphia Orchestra debut conducting Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 (“Pathétique”) and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with André Watts

June 2010: Appointed eighth music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra beginning with the 2012-13 season

June 02, 2016

An Extraordinary Moment—Yannick Extends His Philadelphia Orchestra Contract and Is Named Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera

It’s a great day for The Philadelphia Orchestra, the City of Philadelphia, and the entire music world. Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin has renewed his deep commitment to the institution by extending his tenure through the 2025-26 season. With the Orchestra’s legacy of great music directors, we are poised for at least another decade of Yannick’s superb leadership. Announced simultaneously was his being named music director of New York’s Metropolitan Opera, starting with the 2020-21 season.

May 31, 2016

2016 Asia, May 31: Tokyo

There’s a longstanding tradition when the Orchestra travels to Japan of challenging their colleagues from the Tokyo Symphony to a baseball game. This year the Philadelphia Firebirds pulled off a victory in the last inning. Principal Tuba Carol Jantsch took advantage of the warm-up period to pull out her Frisbee. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 29, 2016

2016 Asia, May 29: Macao

The Orchestra rehearsed in the morning for its second concert in Macao, which included some new repertoire for the tour: Johann Strauss Jr.’s “Tales from the Vienna Woods” Waltz, the Suite No. 1 from Bizet’s Carmen, and two works with violinist Ryu Goto, Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto and Takemitsu’s Nostalghia: In Memory of Andrei Tarkovsky. Yannick and Principal Timpani Don Liuzzi discuss the score during the break of the rehearsal. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 28, 2016

2016 Asia, May 28: Macao

This morning a number of musicians gave master classes at the Macao Conservatory of Music. Assistant Prinicpal Cello Yumi Kendall helps her young student find the “center” of the bow by locating the balancing point. Photo by Jan Regan.

Oboist Jonathan Blumenfeld’s student implements some of his instruction. Photo by Jonathan Blumenfeld. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 27, 2016

2016 Asia, May 27: Macao

The Orchestra departed Beijing for Macao today, where they will present two concerts at the Venetian Macao. Sands China Ltd. President and COO Wilfred Wong welcomes them to Macao at a press conference held at the Four Seasons Hotel Macao. The Venetian Macao is the presenting sponsor of The Philadelphia Orchestra's 2016 Tour of Asia & China Residency and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is a Tour Partner. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 26, 2016

2016 Asia, May 26: Beijing

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

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