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Monday, June 17, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra Returns to China




The Philadelphia Orchestra was the first American orchestra to appear in China when it gave concerts there in 1973. The Cultural Revolution was still underway and there were some difficult moments. Today attitudes have changed and western classical music is enjoyed and encouraged throughout China. The Philadelphia Orchestra recently made a return visit and has plans for annual visits combining teaching and performing.

Donald Runnicles was the conductor for the Chinese tour and by all accounts the orchestra played well and was well-received. And where was Yannick? Due to prior commitments Yannick found himself leading a tour of China with one of his other orchestras, the Rotterdam Philharmonic. Presumably, this will not happen again. Yannick is music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra and will likely lead all future Chinese tours.

Paul E. Robinson

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