The Philadelphia Orchestra to play Beijing Tuesday, Wednesday

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/5/25 17:48:39

The Philadelphia Orchestra, led by its music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, will stage two full concerts at Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) Tuesday and Wednesday, the orchestra announced in a press release  Tuesday.

An important part of the orchestra's Asian tour, the two concerts in Beijing will reflect "the rich musical heritage of the ensemble, as well as the strong partnership between music director and musicians."

The performance will include works by Beethoven, Stravinsky, Brahms, Schumann and Mendelssohn. 

The orchestra has had a long history with China.

The first US orchestra to perform in the country, it made its Chinese debut in 1973. Since then, it has become one of the most well-known Western orchestras in China. 

"My greatest wish for this tour is to nurture and strengthen our ties with China. This is a very important relationship to all of us at The Philadelphia Orchestra, and each time we come it is an opportunity to refresh and renew our friendship," Yannick told the Global Times in an e-mail interview on Tuesday.

The Philadelphia Orchestra concert on Wednesday will mark the 10th anniversary of the founding of the NCPA.

The concert will air live on China Central Television.

"We worked this out very carefully with the NCPA," Yannick said.

"Few pieces are more celebratory and heartfelt than Beethoven's 9th Symphony, which historically has been used many times to express unity and harmony... We selected Chinese soloists to mark the occasion, and the concert will be broadcast and recorded for Chinese distribution."

In addition to the performances, the orchestra will also take part in residency activities at the Eastman Music Factory Thursday.



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