In Sunday’s (5/10) Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Andrew Druckenbrod writes, “It has been 22 years since the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra traveled to China, but its upcoming concert tour to the mainland and Taiwan is more about the future of the orchestra—and of classical music—than its past. … The native populations of both China and Taiwan are producing more and more top quality musicians trained in classical music, a trend reflected in the PSO, which has several members born on mainland China and in Taiwan. Since 2006, assistant concertmaster Hong-Guang Jia has been taking PSO musicians to teach master classes and perform at Tianjin Conservatory. In April, the group performed in Beijing’s new concert hall complex, the National Center for the Performing Arts. … The PSO is wise to promote itself and its new leader, music director Manfred Honeck, in that fertile market. The Asia tour will be the first international event with the Austrian conductor.” The tour includes stops at the egg-shaped National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing and the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center.

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Posted May 12, 2009