Philadelphia Orchestra announces China tour

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on April 11, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 11 at 9:04 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Orchestra is celebrating the 40th anniversary of a historic trip with a new tour of China.

The orchestra says Wednesday its planning a summer tour and outreach program that will visit Hangzhou, Shanghai, Tianjin, Beijing and Macao between May 29 and June 10.

In addition to performances the orchestra plans a grassroots exchange with young Chinese musicians.

Donald Runnicles will conduct seven performances during the tour. The Philadelphia Orchestra under legendary conductor Eugene Ormandy was the first U.S. orchestra to visit China in 1973 as part of a historic thaw in relations between the two countries.

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