Philadelphia Orchestra members with autistic children during an in-school program at a Youth Center in Shanghai. Percussionists Christopher Deviney (front) and Angela Zator Nelson work with one student as he tries his hand at the drums.
Credit Jan Regan
During this same program, the children have a chance to return the favor--showcasing their musical talents for Philadelphia Orchestra musicians.
Credit Makiko Freeman
Violinist Philip Kates visited Shanghai Children’s Medical Center to perform for patients. The power of music to heal is an incredible thing.
In the title of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2013 China Tour and Residency, the word “residency” is as important as the word "tour." And this, as the Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns now reports from China, is bringing the musicians face-to-face with many who may never see the inside of a concert hall.
For the eighth time in its history, The Philadelphia Orchestra is performing in China. Like last year, the focus is on residencies where the Orchestra becomes part of the community playing impromptu concerts in public places, and having joint rehearsals and concerts with the local orchestras. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns is traveling with the Philadelphians and files this report.
The Philadelphia Orchestra has just wrapped up a 10-day visit to China, its seventh trip to the country over the past four decades.
But this trip was different.
The orchestra is preparing to come out of bankruptcy, and this tour was about its survival. It hopes to balance its books by building new audiences and new revenues in the world's second-largest economy.