Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will lead the Philadelphia Orchestra on a tour of China from 16-28 May. Together they will bring the ‘Philadelphia Sound’ to Beijing, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Nanjing, and Shanghai, with Shanghai-born pianist Haochen Zhang as soloist. This visit will mark the orchestra’s 12th tour of China—the most of any American orchestra—and will coincide with 40 years of official U.S – China diplomatic relations.
The tour will begin and end with 40th anniversary concerts and residency activities in Beijing and Shanghai. The tour will launch with a weeklong residency in Beijing that includes two concerts, an open rehearsal, panel discussions, a side-by-side chamber performance with musicians of the National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra, and performances during the first-ever China International Music Competition presented by the China Conservatory of Music.
“It is always thrilling to return to China, especially during this special anniversary year,” says Yannick, ahead of the tour. “What makes our journeys truly unforgettable are the ways we immerse ourselves in cultural exchange with musicians, young people, and audiences. Our 2019 tour marks the deepening of our relationship with China and its music-lovers. We look forward to forging ever more meaningful connections between our cultures and communities through the joy and excitement of music.”
The Orchestra will then perform in Philadelphia’s sister city, Tianjin, before giving a performance in Hangzhou, making its debut in Nanjing, and concluding with a 40th anniversary concert and residency activities in Shanghai.
The Orchestra will perform Beethoven Symphony No. 6 Pastoral, Schubert Symphony in C Major Great, Sibelius Symphony No. 2, Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (with Haochen Zhang), Lu Qiming’s Hong Qi Song, and the world premiere of a Tan Dun vocal concerto; The Deer of Nine Colors (with soprano Lei Jia).
Tour Concert Schedule
Beijing: 17 May, National Centre for the Performing Arts
Beijing: 18 May, Official anniversary concert at the National Centre for the Performing Arts
Beijing: 20 May, China International Music Competition at the National Centre for the Performing Arts
Tianjin: 22 May, Tianjin Grand Theatre
Hangzhou: 24 May, Hangzhou Grand Theatre
Nanjing: 25 May, Jiangsu Grand Theatre
Shanghai: 26 May, Official anniversary concert at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center
Full details for all performances can be found at the Philadelphia Orchestra website.