Cincin­nati Or­ches­tra head­ing to China

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICAS - By HONG XIAO in New York xi­ao­hong@chi­nadai­

The Cincin­nati Sym­phony Or­ches­tra (CSO) and Cincin­nati Pops, which was per­formed at the 2008 Bei­jing Sum­mer Olympics, an­nounced an in­ter­na­tional tour to China in March of 2017, with six per­for­mances in places in­clud­ing Bei­jing, Shang­hai and Hong Kong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion.

“Cincin­nati’s or­ches­tra is known through­out the world and it’s an honor for us to be in­vited to per­form in th­ese im­por­tant venues,” said CSO mu­sic direc­tor Louis Lan­grée. “We are proud to rep­re­sent our com­mu­nity and Cincin­nati’s vi­brant cul­tural arts scene to au­di­ences in Asia.”

The or­ches­tra last per­formed as the Cincin­nati Pops dur­ing the open­ing week­end of the 2008 Sum­mer Olympics in Bei­jing.

The or­ches­tra per­formed a Gala Olympic Con­cert for dig­ni­taries associated with the games at Bei­jing’s Na­tional Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts, which was so well re­ceived the or­ches­tra was asked to re­turn.

Erich Kun­zel (1935-2009), con­duc­tor of the Cincin­nati Pops at that time told USA To­day that the con­cert was a land­mark event.

“It was ex­tremely suc­cess­ful... got three stand­ing ova­tions,” Kun­zel said.

And prior to 2008, the Pops toured China in 2005.

On the newly an­nounced tour, the or­ches­tra will per­form both as the CSO with Lan­grée con­duct­ing and as the Cincin­nati Pops with John Mor­ris Rus­sell con­duct­ing.

Join­ing the or­ches­tra will be pi­ano soloist Alexan­der Gavry­lyuk, who will per­form Ge­orge Gersh­win’s iconic Amer­i­can clas­sic Rhap­sody in Blue.

The tour will be­gin on March 17 with the CSO per­form­ing as part of the Hong Kong Arts Fes­ti­val at the Hong Kong Cul­tural Cen­tre Mu­sic Hall and con­tin­ues on March 19 with a per­for­mance at Bei­jing’s Poly The­atre and March 22 with a per­for­mance at Shang­hai’s Ori­en­tal Art Cen­ter.

The or­ches­tra will then per­form as the Cincin­nati Pops at the Shang­hai Ori­en­tal Art Cen­ter on March 23, be­fore head­ing to Taiwan for two ad­di­tional con­certs on March 25 and 26 at a venue yet to be de­ter­mined.

“I’m thrilled for us to be shar­ing our unique Cincin­nati sound with au­di­ences in Asia,” said Rus­sell.

“We’ve sold more than 10 mil­lion al­bums over the years, and know that many of our most fer­vent fans live on the other side of the earth. There is noth­ing like a live per­for­mance of the Cincin­nati Pops and CSO, es­pe­cially when we are shar­ing the un­bri­dled joy of ex­tra­or­di­nary mu­sic-mak­ing with the world,” he added.

The tour an­nounce­ment comes as the or­ches­tra cel­e­brates the 50th an­niver­sary of its 1966 40-con­cert world tour — the first US or­ches­tra tour to be spon­sored by the US State Depart­ment — with stops in Is­tan­bul, Tel Aviv, Bom­bay,

I’m thrilled for us to be shar­ing our unique Cincin­nati sound with au­di­ences in Asia.” John Mor­ris Rus­sell, con­duc­tor, Cincin­nati Pops

Athens, Sin­ga­pore, Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo, Seoul and more.

The Cincin­nati Sym­phony Or­ches­tra is con­sid­ered one of Amer­ica’s finest and most ver­sa­tile en­sem­bles. With a tra­di­tion that dates back over 120 years, the CSO at­tracts top mu­si­cians, artists and con­duc­tors from around the world to Cincin­nati.


Louis Lan­grée, mu­sic direc­tor of Cincin­nati Sym­phony Or­ches­tra, con­ducts the or­ches­tra.

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