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May 18, 2019

2019 China, May 17: Beijing

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

May 17, 2019

2019 China, May 16: Beijing

Thursday was a free day for most of the musicians, giving them a chance to get over any jet lag before the almost-daily schedule of rehearsals/concerts/residency activities begins in earnest.

May 16, 2019

2019 China, May 14-15: Philadelphia—Newark—Beijing

Yannick and the Orchestra embarked on their 2019 Tour of China on Tuesday, May 14, bringing the “Philadelphia Sound” to Beijing, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Nanjing, and Shanghai, with Shanghai-born pianist Haochen Zhang as soloist. The 2019 visit marks the Orchestra’s 12th tour of China—the most of any American orchestra—and commemorates 40 years of official U.S.-China diplomatic relations.

April 26, 2019

China: Then and Now—The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Evolving Role

Culture and sports have long been purposeful elements in Chinese diplomacy and US- China relations. A few examples:

April 01, 2019

Richard Harlow - Behind the Scenes

Each month in the Orchestra’s Playbill, we feature one musician in a question-and-answer segment. Below is that feature in its entirety.

Where were you born? In Detroit, but I grew up in Dearborn.

What piece of music could you play over and over again? Brahms’s Third Symphony.

April 01, 2019

Julie Coker Graham: In the Spotlight

A Monthly Profile of Orchestra Fans and Family

As president and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), Julie Coker Graham is keenly attuned to what makes a city special.

March 08, 2019

The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Did you know that the Fabulous Philadelphians leave the city every summer for a three-week residency in the "Spa City?" Learn more about our 53-year residency with the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) and why you should book a trip to hear the Orchestra amidst lush pines trees, sloping lawns, and curative natural springs—all in an acoustically ideal amphitheater designed by Ormandy himself!

March 07, 2019

Past as Present: The Philadelphia Orchestra Announces a Season-long Focus on Equality, Justice, and Magnificent Music

Music communicates and unifies. And its non-verbal elements can transform us in ways that are difficult to articulate.