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Philadelphia Orchestra announces China tour
Associated Press
2013-04-11 04:56 PM
Forty years after it became the first U.S. orchestra to visit China, the Philadelphia Orchestra is planning to go back with a new tour and new program.

The orchestra on Wednesday announced plans for a summer tour and exchanges with young Chinese musicians in visits to Hangzhou, Shanghai, Tianjin, Beijing and Macao between May 29 and June 10.

Donald Runnicles will conduct seven performances during the tour. Under legendary conductor Eugene Ormandy the orchestra visited China in 1973 as part of the thaw in relations between the two countries.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary musicians from the China National Symphony Orchestra and musicians from The Philadelphia Orchestra will come together for a celebratory performance at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing on June 6.

The tour is part of a rebuilding project that began after the orchestra stunned music lovers in 2011 by becoming the first major U.S. orchestra to seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. The world-renowned 112-year-old orchestra had struggled with dwindling attendance and donations, shrinking endowment income, the recession and an aging audience.

The orchestra emerged from bankruptcy last year.

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