The Philadelphia Orchestra is recasting its traditional tour of Asia as a China residency.
As outlined months ago in the orchestra's strategic plan, the musicians will travel to China, performing and adding an educational component. The program is expected to commence in May.
Orchestra officials announced the China project Thursday after what they said was a private signing ceremony of a letter of intent with Chen Ping, president of the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing.
Five concerts in four cities will be led by chief conductor Charles Dutoit, an orchestra spokeswoman said.