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2019 China, May 17: Beijing

May 18, 2019

The first “official” day of the tour began with a rehearsal at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA). Bass player David Fay rides the bus from the hotel to the hall. Photo by Chris Lee.

Musicians arrive at the NCPA, otherwise known as “The Egg.” Photo by Chris Lee

Pianist Haochen Zhang warms up for the rehearsal. He will appear with the Orchestra on its second concert in Beijing. Photo by Chris Lee

Horn player Jeffry Kirschen warms up backstage. Photo by Chris Lee

Co-Principal Trombone Matthew Vaughn before the rehearsal. Photo by Chris Lee

Violist Marvin Moon finds a quiet spot. Photo by Chris Lee

Principal Tuba Carol Jantsch has her own way of preparing. Photo by Chris Lee

Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin shares a laugh with violinist Barbara Govatos. Photo by Chris Lee

Yannick and Haochen go over a few details before the rehearsal starts. Photo by Chris Lee

Orchestra President and CEO Matías Tarnopolsky welcomes everyone to the rehearsal. Photo by Chris Lee

The rehearsal begins with Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Photo by Chris Lee

Photo by Chris Lee

The rehearsal wasn’t only for the musicians. The concert was going to be streamed live, including on Facebook, so the cameramen needed to rehearse as well. Photo by Chris Lee

Students who participate in programs of the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation were invited to the rehearsal. Photo by Chris Lee

Yannick, Assistant Principal Viola Kerri Ryan, and Principal Viola Choong-Jin Chang share a funny moment during the break in the rehearsal. Photo by Chris Lee

Yannick and the Orchestra rehearse Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony. Photo by Chris Lee

Following the rehearsal Yannick was interviewed by journalist Tian Wei for China Global Television Network (CGTN). Photo by Chris Lee

Violinist Elena Kalendarova spent her afternoon at one of the many eyeglass shops in Beijing. Photo by Chris Lee

Prior to the Orchestra’s first concert of the tour, leadership from The Philadelphia Orchestra pose with their counterparts from the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA). The NCPA has been one of the Orchestra’s longstanding partners in China.

The Orchestra’s first concert was broadcast live to a number of locations throughout China and was the first time the ensemble had streamed one of its tour concerts through Facebook Live. A brass group of Chinese musicians serenades the crowd prior to the broadcast.

The audience waits in anticipation for the broadcast to begin.

The first Orchestra concert of the tour opened with a world premiere commission from the Orchestra by Tan Dun. He composed Fanfare Overture in honor of Ambassador Nicholas Platt, who was not only instrumental in facilitating the Orchestra’s historic 1973 Tour of China, but has been a senior advisor to the Orchestra for its work in China for many years. Here the brass and woodwind sections perform the Fanfare Overture. Photo by Chris Lee

Ambassador Platt and Tan Dun (center) applaud the performance of the Fanfare Overture. Photo by Chris Lee

Yannick and the Orchestra next played Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 (“Pastoral”), which was also performed on the 1973 tour, at the request of Madame Mao. This concert was part of the National Centre for the Performing Arts’ May Festival. Photo by Chris Lee

Photo by Chris Lee

Photo by Chris Lee

During intermission Matías Tarnopolsky surprised Yannick with a copy of the Orchestra’s new CD of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, which was recorded at the NCPA in 2017. Photo by Chris Lee

The second half of the concert was Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2. Photo by Chris Lee

Yannick and the Orchestra acknowledge the applause following the concert. Photo by Chris Lee

As an encore, the Orchestra performed Sibelius’s Valse triste. Here, a final bow from Yannick and the Orchestra. Photo by Chris Lee

Composer Tan Dun and Yannick present Ambassador Platt with an autographed score of the Fanfare Overture. Photo by Chris Lee

After the concert Yannick greeted many of his fans in the lobby to sign autographs. Photo by Chris Lee