Hidden from small

Hidden from small

2019 Tour of Asia


November 18, 2019

2019 Asia, November 11-16: Seoul—Shanghai—Beijing

The majority of the Orchestra returned home to Philadelphia, but a string quartet of musicians (violinist Mei Ching Huang and Associate Principal Second Violin Paul Roby, violist Meng Wang, and Principal Cello Hai-Ye Ni) and a few staff members headed off to China for a week of residency activities. 

Violinist Booker Rowe boards the bus to the airport for the flight home. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

November 14, 2019

2019 Asia, November 10: Seoul

The lobby of the Seoul Arts Center, the venue for the Orchestra’s final concert of the tour. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Principal Viola Choong-Jin Chang warms up on stage while the piano gets a final tuning before the audience filters in. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

November 10, 2019

2019 Asia, November 8-9: Tokyo—Seoul—Incheon

Members of the Patron Tour line up outside the Orchestra’s hotel in Tokyo to wish them safe journey to Seoul. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

The line at the gate to board the flight. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

November 10, 2019

2019 Asia, November 7: Tokyo

Violinist Boris Balter gets ready for the rehearsal at NHK Hall. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Contrabassoonist Holly Blake warms up backstage. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

The afternoon concert is part of the NHK Music Festival. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

November 08, 2019

Musician Travel Tips 2019: Seoul Edition

Resolver Cigar Bar: This is my favorite cigar bar, with an unbelievable selection of cigars.

Gyeongridan Street is near Itaewon and has great food. It’s a “street food” alley where everything tastes good, and it also has nice little shops. Bring walking shoes, the hill is pretty steep.

November 07, 2019

2019 Asia, November 6: Tokyo

Today was a well-deserved free day in Tokyo and musicians fanned out across the city. Co-Principal Trombone Matt Vaughn joined some Orchestra and staff colleagues at the teamLab Borderless digital art museum. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

The group at teamLab Borderless. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

November 06, 2019

2019 Asia, November 5: Tokyo

Baseball is as beloved in Japan as it is in the US and Orchestra musicians always try to put together a friendly game with a local orchestra when on tour. This year the Philadelphia Firebirds played against members from the Tokyo Symphony. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Violist Marvin Moon narrowly avoids a wild pitch. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

November 05, 2019

2019 Asia, November 4: Osaka—Tokyo

Principal Percussion Christopher Deviney and other musicians arrive at the Shin-Osaka Train Station for the trip to Tokyo. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Violinist Julia Li does a little shopping before boarding the train. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

November 04, 2019

Musician Travel Tips 2019: Tokyo Edition

The next in our series of musician travel tips, this time Tokyo, comes from violinist Hirono Oka and a few of her friends.

Itoya Ginza stationary store. This is not an ordinary stationary store. Many floors and 2 buildings. A lot of cool stuff!

November 03, 2019

2019 Asia, November 2-3: Taipei—Osaka—Kyoto—Osaka

Guido Frackers, president of TravTours, the Orchestra’s tour management, leads the way through the Taipei Taoyuan International Airport. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Lauren Moore, Orchestra touring and logistics manager, checks in at a Hello Kitty kiosk. Photo by Todd Rosenberg