An unsigned article on Thursday’s (8/7) reports, “The Philadelphia Orchestra this week announced a series of events to celebrate the 35th anniversary of official diplomatic relations between the United States and China. The orchestra has been at the forefront of improving US-China relations ever since its groundbreaking 1973 visit to China. To commemorate, and build on that historic tour, the orchestra is presenting a Nov. 7 concert by the Chinese National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra, NCPAO. What’s more, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has declared Nov. 6 to be ‘NCPAO Day in Philadelphia.’ … The concert is scheduled to take place at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s home, and will be simulcast by the Xinhui Media Group in Shanghai. Yuja Wang, a Chinese pianist educated in Philadelphia, also will perform.… The Chinese orchestra also will perform in Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, New York and Washington D.C. during its November tour. Philadelphia Orchestra conducted a successful tour of China from May 21 to June 6.… Allison Vulgamore, Philadelphia Orchestra president and chief executive officer, said the orchestra was committed to cultural reciprocity.”

Posted August 11, 2014