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The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Tours Home and Abroad
The Philadelphia Orchestra Asia Anniversary Tour
The Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas and Alondra de la Parra Mexico Tour and Latin Grammys
London Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev Invite the Choral Arts Society of Washington for Mahler's 8th Symphony
The Cascade Youth Orchestra Cruises on Home from Scandinavia
The Pacific BoyChoir Takes On a 17 Day-8 Concert Tour to Argentina
Minnesota Orchestra Wows New York
4 Triumphant Tours to Italy
Italy Applauds the Children's Chorus of Washington
Melodia! South American Music Festival an Absolute Success!
2008 Rhapsody! International Music Festival a Hit!
Summer 2009 is the Inaugural Ihlombe! South African Choral Festival
The Young People's Chorus of NYC and the University Glee Club of NYC Engage Canada
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and "Genius" Violinist Captivate Chicago
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Astounds Asia
Russia Rejoices the Hong Kong Children's Choir
South Africa Celebrates Florida's Singing Sons BoyChoir
Northwestern College Returns from Australia
Home, Health and Heart: Yale Dominican Republic Service Tour
The University of Manitoba Singers Return from a Successful Tour to Argentina
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra SELLS OUT Carnegie Hall & the Kennedy Center with Leonard Bernstein's "Mass"
The Philadelphia Orchestra Asia Anniversary Tour
35th Anniversary Tour Builds Bridges through Music

Let us take you back to the fall of 1973, The Philadelphia Orchestra traveled and performed in China, which was a first by any American orchestra. To commemorate the 35th anniversary of this tour, The Philadelphia Orchestra returned to China this May and performed two concerts in Bejing, one in Ghangzhou and two in Shanghai. These concerts were a part of a three week tour, coordinated by Classical Movements, Inc.

A full house greeted The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Cultural Palace of Nationalities in China. Joining the orchestra for the China concerts was pianist Lang Lang. Led by Christoph Eschenbach, the orchestra's Music Director since 2003, the orchestra performed two works that were played back in 1973: The Yellow River Concerto, featuring Lang Lang, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 ("Pastoral"). All proceeds of these concerts were donated by the orchestra to the victims of the Sichuan earthquake.

The Philadelphia Orchestra Association stated that "The Philadelphia Orchestra has a great tradition of sharing its music with audiences around the world, and it gives us great pleasure to continue this with our 2008 Anniversary Tour of Asia, which commemorates important anniversaries in both China and Korea. Through these many visits, we have developed rich friendships with many wonderful people, who share our belief that the transformational power of music bridges cultural differences and brings people together."

Harpist Margarita Montanaro was fortunate to be a part of both Asian tours and commented: "The transformation of China from the 70s to China today is one of the most amazing things the world has ever seen, very hard to believe unless you had seen it yourself back then."

Leading up to their concerts in Tokyo, a film documenting the lives and music of the Philadelphia Orchestra entitled "Music from the Inside Out", has been playing in a theatre since May. The orchestra performed three concerts at Suntory Hall. The concert included Britten's Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky's Violing Concerto, both featuring superstar violinist Midori, Schubert's Symphony in C Major ("Great"), and concluded with two Strauss encores, Thunder and Lightning and "Pizzicato" Polka.

In addition to the concerts performed, The Philadelphia Orchestra took trips out to the Great Wall, the Ming Tombs, the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace.

  • 35th Anniversary of the Orchestra's first tour to China
  • 30th Anniversary of the Orchestra's first visit to Korea
  • 30th tour outside North America
  • 13th Visit to Asia

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