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Boston Symphony Orchestra Returns To China

Warming up before a performance of Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. (Boston Symphony Orchestra)

Warming up before a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. (Boston Symphony Orchestra)

Let’s travel 12 time zones away to China… where the Boston Symphony Orchestra is currently on a 13-day Asian tour. It’s the BSO’s second trip to China… its first was in 1979, when the BSO became the first American orchestra to visit communist China after the normalization of U.S.-Sino relations.

That trip was historic, a political and cultural exchange that some say helped rekindle China’s love for classical music. China is, of course, an utterly different country today. A world power, and a powerhouse when it comes to raising the next generation of classical musicians.

Guests

Mark Volpe, managing director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Larry Wolfe, bass player for the BSO


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