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US National Symphony will tour China, South Korea

US National Symphony will tour China, South Korea

The National Symphony Orchestra will tour China and South Korea in June with performances in Macau, Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul and elsewhere.
The tour announced Wednesday will mark the orchestra's return to China after its first tour a decade ago at the invitation of then-Chinese President Jiang Zemin. The orchestra previously visited South Korea in 1983.
The excursion also marks the 50th anniversary of the national symphony's first international tour of 19 countries in Latin America in 1959. On a 1993 Russian tour, the national symphony became the first orchestra to ever play in Moscow's Red Square.
Principal Conductor Ivan Fischer will lead the orchestra and guest violinist Leonidas Kavakos in six concerts. Violinist Hyun-Su Shin will join the orchestra as a soloist in Goyang, South Korea.
The Kennedy Center, the orchestra's Washington home, said it is a difficult economic climate to stage an international tour. In fact, the struggle to secure funding pushed back the tour announcement.
The center announced Dow Chemical agreed to provide funding for the two-week tour, which is planned to break even with a $1.35 million budget. Officials would not disclose, though, how much money Dow provided.


Updated : 2021-04-18 05:50 GMT+08:00