Highlights from Tour History
1936: Orchestra is the First American orchestra to make a transcontinental Tour
1949: The Orchestra is the first American orchestra to cross the Atlantic after World War II
1955: The Orchestra tours continental Europe for the first time, and composer Jean Sibelius welcomes the entire orchestra to his home outside Helsinki.
1958: The Orchestra first tours the Soviet Union and Eastern bloc countries.
1966: The Orchestra first tours Central and South America, under Ormandy.
1967: The Orchestra first tours Asia.
1973: The Orchestra is the first American orchestra to perform in the People’s Republic of China, at the
special request of President Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger.
1986: The Orchestra tours the U.S. in celebration of the 50th anniversary of its first transcontinental trip.
1992: Music Director Riccardo Muti leads the Orchestra’s first tour to Israel.
1999: The Orchestra is the first American symphony to visit Vietnam.
2001: The Orchestra returns to mainland China for the third time.
2003: The Orchestra tours the U.S., Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile
2008: The Orchestra returns to China on the 35th anniversary of its historic first tour to that country in 1973. The Orchestra also visits Korea and Japan as part of the tour
2010: The Philadelphia Orchestra performs at the World Expo in Shanghai, as part of its 2010 Tour of Asia. The Orchestra was the only international orchestra invited by the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination to perform at the brand new Expo Culture Center.
2012: The Philadelphia Orchestra and Chief Conductor Charles Dutoit embark on a pilot Residency and Tour of China in partnership with the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. The residency marks the first time any U.S. orchestra has co-created a long-term residency in the People’s Republic of China.
2013: The Philadelphia Orchestra returns to China for its 2013 Residency & Fortieth Anniversary Tour.
2014: Yannick Nézet-Séguin makes his inaugural tour with the Orchestra with the 2014 Tour of Asia and China Residency.
2015: Yannick and the Orchestra make their first tour to Europe together.
2017: The Orchestra celebrates the first year of new five-year partnerships with China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, the Shanghai Oriental Art Center, and the Shanghai Media Group Performing Arts Division. In addition musicians of the Orchestra travel to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, for a residency in celebration of 30 years of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Mongolia. This is the first time a Western orchestra has engaged in people-to-people exchange and outreach activities in Mongolia.