Philadelphia Orchestra performs

May 08, 2010 | Posted by Chris

This week the Philadelphia Orchestra performed in Beijing's National Center for the Performing Arts, before traveling on to Shanghai where they are the first foreign orchestra invited to play at the 2010 World Expo, according to the New York Times. Tuesday night's performance in the large dome not far from Tian'anmen Square affectionately known as "the Egg" saw the orchestra play Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D major, Stravinsky's "Firebird" and "The Rite of Spring," and pieces by Rachmaninoff and Ravel. The show is reported conjure up memories of when the Philadelphia Orchestra first played in Beijing in 1973 as part of warming diplomatic relations between the US and China, and the New York Times describes the excitement of violinist Grant Xia, who listened to the 1973 performance on the radio and attended this week's event. After stopping in Shanghai, the Philadelphia Orchestra will continue its Asia tour with shows in Korea and Japan.

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