Shanghai, China May 6 (WRTI) – The Philadelphia Orchestra performance in front of several thousand people from around the world at the World Expo is a great opportunity says Orchestra President Allison Vulgamore. Pianist Stewart Goodyear looks forward to playing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, a piece he believes to be timeless.
AVA will close its landmark 75th Anniversary season with La boheme. The opera's depiction of life among starving artists in 19th century Paris is an ideal choice for AVA's young cast members, who are able to identify with the characters as they pursue their own artistic goals. Music Director Christofer Macatsoris conducts the AVA Opera Orchestra.
Beijing, China (WRTI) – The Philadelphia Orchestra gave its final concert in Beijing on Wednesday evening. The program featured Stravinsky's Firebird and the Rite of Spring, a work Chief Conductor Charles Dutoit says changed musical history.
Harold Klein reminisces about getting to see China long before most westerners, and Hai-Ye Ni says she's looking forward to showing her orchestra colleagues around her home city of Shanghai.
Beijing, China (WRTI) – The Philadelphia Orchestra gave its first concert in the Chinese capital Tuesday evening. The program featured the Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture, Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, La Valse by Ravel and the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with soloist Arabella Steinbacher. Bass Trombone Blair Bollinger, who gave a master class at the Beijing Central Conservatory, says language is not a barrier when teaching students who are not native English speakers.
Beijing, China (WRTI) – Prior to its first Beijing concert, Philadelphia Orchestra musicians spent the day sight-seeing and helping promote Philadelphia as a tourist destination. The National Center for the Performing Arts paid tribute to Charles Dutoit who has been bringing orchestras to China since the 1970s.
Beijing, China (WRTI) – Concertmaster David Kim tells Susan Lewis about the experience of playing in cities never previously visited by the orchestra. Cellist John Koen talks about the delights of re-exploring Beijing, a city he calls 'ever-changing'.
Join WRTI's Susan Lewis for a series of special reports from the Philadelphia Orchestra's 2010 Tour of Asia. We'll join the Orchestra in China - on the last week of their journey.
Listen to Susan's reports as she travels with the "Fabulous Philadelphians" in Shanghai and Beijing. We'll listen in on performances, look behind-the-scenes, and experience China through the eyes and ears of the musicians and Chief Conductor Charles Dutoit.