Hidden from small

Hidden from small

2017 Tour of Asia


June 08, 2017

2017 Asia, June 8: Seoul

A string quartet traveled to Incheon to perform at the New Cities Summit held at the Convensia Convention Center. Philadelphia and Incheon are Sister Cities. (L to r) Assistant Concertmaster Marc Rovetti, violinist Julia Li, Assistant Principal Cello Yumi Kendall, and violist Che-Hung Chen perform at the Summit. Photo by Jan Regan.

June 07, 2017

2017 Asia, June 7: Seoul

Musicians gather in the backstage area at Lotte Concert Hall prior to a morning rehearsal. Photo by Jan Regan.

Yannick leads the rehearsal of repertoire for both Wednesday and Thursday’s concerts. Photo by Jan Regan.

June 06, 2017

2017 Asia, June 6: Seoul

A quartet of musicians performed a concert at Deoksu Palace, a walled compound of palaces in Seoul that was inhabited by members of Korea's royal family. Assistant Principal Second Violin Dara Morales warms up prior to the performance. Photo by Jan Regan.

June 05, 2017

2017 Asia, June 4-5: Ulaanbaatar-Seoul

After a whirlwind two-day visit to Ulaanbaatar, (l to r) Co-Principal Trombone Matthew Vaughn, trumpet player Anthony Prisk, and Principal Trumpet David Bilger wait at Chinggis Khaan International Airport for their morning flight to Seoul, where they, and the rest of the Mongolian mission, meet up with the remainder of the Orchestra tour party, who were traveling from Beijing. Photo by Jan Regan.

June 03, 2017

2017 Asia, June 3: Ulaanbaatar

Musicians performed in numerous concerts today around Ulaanbaatar. A young audience member came early to an International Children’s Week Concert at the Children’s Palace, baton in hand. Photo by Jan Regan.

A children’s chorus opened the concert with a rendition of “This Land Is Your Land.” Photo by Jan Regan.

June 02, 2017

2017 Asia, June 2: Ulaanbaatar

A small contingent of musicians and staff is in Ulaanbaatar where they will perform pop-up concerts, and give master classes and lectures on arts administration. This is the first time a Western orchestra has engaged in people-to-people exchange and outreach activities in Mongolia. The historic visit is in celebration of the 30th anniversary of U.S.-Mongolian diplomatic relations and is made possible by the direct investment and innovative leadership of the United States Department of State and the United States Embassy in Ulaanbaatar.

June 01, 2017

2017 Asia, June 1: Beijing and Ulaanbaatar

When we asked our musicians what it's like to tour Asia with the Orchestra, Associate Principal Trumpet Jeff Curnow responded with this illustration about how he survives jet lag. Jeff is a well-known cartoonist, and his work can be found regularly on NPR Classical’s Twitter and Facebook feeds.

May 31, 2017

2017 Asia, May 31: Beijing

Today was a rehearsal and concert in celebration of the National Centre for the Performing Arts’ 10th Anniversary. One of the musicians discovered just how well-known the Orchestra is in China.

May 30, 2017

2017 Asia, May 30: Beijing

Tour staff met over lunch to review logistics for upcoming travels to Ulaanbaatar and Seoul. Photo by Jan Regan.

With part of the day free to relax, some musicians explored Beijing, including the Temple of Heaven, a peaceful park in the heart of an often chaotic city. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 29, 2017

2017 Asia, May 29: Beijing

Today’s focus was on a Side-by-Side rehearsal and concert at the National Library of China Concert Hall with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Starry Sky Orchestra, which is comprised of prominent Chinese businesspeople and entrepreneurs. All were formally trained on their instrument, and most were elite conservatory-level talents in their youth or adolescence.