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Consul General Held a Reception for the Philadelphia Orchestra on 2019 Tour of China

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the United States, through May 17th to 26th, the Philadelphia Orchestra is going on tour to Beijing, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Nanjing, and Shanghai. Forum, community exchange concert, music master class, and other series of commemorative activities will be held at the same time. On April 25th, Consul General Huang Ping and his wife Zhang Aiping held a reception for the Philadelphia Orchestra on their tour of China. Zhao Yumin, Deputy Consul General, Li Liyan, Cultural Counsellor, Ryan Fleur, Executive Director of the orchestra, Nicholas Platt, Honorary President of the Asia Society, and some musicians of the orchestra attended the reception.

According to Huang Ping, as the first Western orchestra to perform in China, the Philadelphia Orchestra is well known and loved by the Chinese people and has made positive contributions to China-US friendship over the years. In May, the orchestra will kick off its 12th tour to China to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two nations with the Chinese people. He wishes the orchestra every success in their visit and greater progress in our people-to-people and cultural exchanges at a new starting point.

Huang Ping pointed out that China-US relations are one of the most important bilateral relations in the world. At present, we are at a critical stage, facing both opportunities and challenges. Since it is of great importance to promoting mutual understanding to the steady development of China-US relations, the cultural and artistic exchanges between China and the United States, represented by the Philadelphia Orchestra, have built a bridge of friendship between the two countries. We hope that the two sides could make joint efforts to promote China-US relations based on coordination, cooperation, and stability for the benefit of people of the two nations.

Nicholas Platt expressed his opinion that he is glad to go back to China with the orchestra in May and continue to promote the friendship between people of the two countries through culture and music. The United States and China are facing not only conflicts but also opportunities at present. In the final analysis, the bilateral relationship is the relationship between the people. People-to-people and cultural exchanges have always been the foundation and driving force of china-us friendship as well as an important mission of the Philadelphia Orchestra over 46 years.

Besides Nicholas Platt, the pianist Davyd Booth and the harpist Margarita Montanaro who had participated in the orchestra’s first tour of China in 1973 also attended the reception. Davyd Booth has participated in the orchestra’s first 11 visits to China and is going to China for his 12th tour. He excitedly shared the details of his first visit to China in 1973 and how he witnessed the rapid development of China in the past 46 years. He also played Schubert’s <Quad Allegro and Andante 968> with Ryan Fleur at the reception.

Margarita Montanaro showed the relevant report given by People’s Daily of China on the orchestra’s visit to China in 1973 and gave the treasured newspaper to the Consulate General as a gift.

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