Philadelphia Orchestra, China announce partnership

September 23, 2011 • Entertainment

Chen Ping, left, president of the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, shakes hands with Allison Vulgamore, president of the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, after ceremonially signing an agreement between the Orchestra and China for a pilot “in-residency” program, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nearly four decades after becoming the first American symphony to tour Communist China, the Philadelphia Orchestra announced it will embark on a cultural exchange to find and nurture young Chinese musicians and composers and bring orchestral music to audiences beyond the biggest cities.

A delegation representing Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts and Philadelphia orchestra officials signed an official agreement Thursday in Washington to kick off the program starting next May. It will be launched as a one-year pilot but is expected to continue beyond that, orchestra officials said.

The announcement is a bright spot, and intends to show a strong vote of confidence, for an organization that Login to read more

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