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Philadelphia Orchestra to return to China
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Lang Lang, a young Chinese piano star. [File Photo: cnsphoto]

The famous Philadelphia Orchestra will join hands with Lang Lang, a young Chinese pianist, to hold a concert in Xinghai Concert Hall in Guangzhou on June 6.

The Philadelphia Orchestra, one of the five most famous American orchestras, has also been listed in the top ten orchestras in the world, the Information Times reported.

China's classical music fans are crazy about the coming of this concert. The tickets priced at 380 yuan and 480 yuan have been sold out, said Yu Qikeng, the director of Xinghai Concert Hall.

Xinghai Concert Hall has the best sound equipment in China. That is the major reason why the Philadelphia Orchestra finally decided to add Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province, into its tour in China, added Yu Qikeng.

Music fans in China are looking forward to see Lang Lang playing a duet with his teacher Christoph Eschenbach, according to the report.

Eschenbach, the 7th Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, was highly esteemed as a talented pianist during the early stage of his career. In 1999, he met Lang Lang for the first time in an audition. He was deeply impressed by Lang Lang's talent, so as to extend the 20-minute audition to 2 hours.

Later, he recommended Lang Lang to fill in for a sick pianist with Chicago Symphony Orchestra, for which he was serving as the conductor at that time. This cooperation turned out to be a huge success and introduced the emerging pianist to the world.

Thirty-five years ago, the Philadelphia Orchestra held 5 concerts in Beijing and Shanghai, giving Chinese audience a rare opportunity to enjoy classical music performed by great foreign musicians.

The return of the orchestra has special meaning to many people, including Yu Qikeng.

Yu Qikeng himself is a fan of the orchestra. "I was a student at music conservatory when the Philadelphia Orchestra came to China and was very lucky to get a ticket for the concert." he said.

Remarkably, 6 musicians who have been to China 35 years ago will be back in June.

The concert will mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of Sino-U.S. Diplomatic Relations, the report said.

(CRI April 1,2008)

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