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The Philadelphia Orchestra Welcomes China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra for Evening Concert, Plus Activities and Performances Around Town

October 16, 2017

Orchestra’s November 1 Visit is Part of Six-City U.S. Tour

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.@PhilaOrchestra welcomes China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra for one-night-only performance at Verizon Hall, 11/1

(Philadelphia, October 16, 2017)—The Philadelphia Orchestra is proud to present China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra), considered to be China’s premier ensemble, in a special one-night-only performance November 1 at Verizon Hall under its music director and conductor, Lü Jia. As part of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s ongoing commitment to cultural diplomacy and its longstanding partnership with the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, several events are planned throughout the city to welcome the Orchestra and to continue forging deep connections between Eastern and Western cultures. The visit is part of a six-city tour, the Orchestra’s second in the United States that will include performances in Chicago (Symphony Center), New York (Carnegie Hall debut), Chapel Hill (Memorial Hall), San Francisco (Davies Symphony Hall), and Ann Arbor (Hill Auditorium).

“We are honored to be welcoming our Beijing partner, the NCPAO, in performances and residencies here in Philadelphia upon their second visit to the United States,” said President and CEO Allison Vulgamore. “This tour is the reciprocal manifestation of the people-to-people exchange we have been cultivating for many years between Philadelphia and China. We are proud to see the NCPAO reaching into the community in Philadelphia, just as The Philadelphia Orchestra has been able to do in China, thanks to their hospitality and efforts.”

The NCPAO’s performance will include Zhao Jiping’s Violin Concerto No. 1 featuring Ning Feng; the U.S. Premiere of Chen Qigang’s Reflection of a Vanished Time, for cello and orchestra featuring Gautier Capuçon; and Brahms’s Symphony No. 4.

Several events have been planned for earlier in the day on November 1, as part of the NCPAO’s residency, including a pop-up concert at The Shops at Liberty Place and a chamber concert in Philadelphia’s Chinatown. A full list of events can be found below.

The NCPAO is the orchestra of the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), the primary multi-venue concert hall in Beijing and The Philadelphia Orchestra’s long-term strategic partner for its China Residency Program. Since 2012, The Philadelphia Orchestra and NCPA have worked together to advance cultural exchange between the United States and the People’s Republic of China. The NCPA, led by President Chen Ping, has assisted the Orchestra in building its Residency Program in Beijing and other Chinese cities. The Philadelphia Orchestra has performed concerts at the NCPA on each of its tours of Asia since 2010, and has collaborated with NCPA staff to plan residency activities for musicians at various venues. 

National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra in Philadelphia

November 1, 2017

* indicates an event that is open to the public

11:00-11:45 AM

The Shops at Liberty Place Rotunda                                        PopUP Concert*

11:30 AM-1:30 PM

Hamilton Garden, Kimmel Center                                                “China: Then and Now”

300 S. Broad Street                                                                     Special Presentation by Ambassador Nick Platt



Chinese Christian Church and Center                                       Free Chamber Concert*

225 N. 10th Street                                                                        (Limited seating capacity)


2:00-4:30 PM

Verizon Hall                                                                             Philadelphia Orchestra and NCPA Orchestra musician


5:00-7:00 PM

Verizon Hall                                                                               NCPAO Rehearsal                                                         

7:30-9:30 PM

Verizon Hall                                                                             NCPAO Concert*


National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra

Lü Jia Conductor

Ning Feng Violin

Gautier Capuçon Cello 


Zhao Jiping                                          Violin Concerto No. 1

Chen Qigang                                        Reflections of a Vanished Time, for Cello and Orchestra 

Johannes Brahms                                Symphony No. 4

Please note: The Philadelphia Orchestra will not be performing on this concert 

(all programs are subject to change)



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About Lü Jia

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