May 27, 2016
The Philadelphia Orchestra's 2016 Asia tour is under way, with initial stops in Shanghai and Beijing. On Sunday, the orchestra did a side-by-side concert with members of the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra. On Wednesday, Curtis Institute-trained pianist Lang Lang performed with the orchestra to a sold-out National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. The next day, orchestra members toured the Eastman Strings workshop, and members played the Mozart Clarinet Concerto for workers and their children.
December 16, 2015
CHINA Courthouse thugs are a smiley bunch The tough guys wore smiley face stickers, but they weren't there to spread good cheer. Scenes of pushing, shouting, and shoving outside a Beijing courthouse this week were orchestrated by plainclothes security officers identified by a sticker familiar around the world - the yellow decal identified since the 1970s with the slogan "Have a Nice Day. " Their attempts to intimidate journalists, foreign diplomats,...
October 23, 2015 |
Citigroup and the Wharton School are launching a joint three-year executive education program called Citi Wharton Global Wealth Institute, scheduled to open in December on the main University City campus and on Wharton's campus in Beijing. The program could enroll as many as 1,000 of Citi's 4,000 or so retail financial advisers around the world over three years, said Rodolfo Castilla, head of Citi's Global Wealth Management Products and Platforms. Why did the world's largest bank choose Wharton?
October 3, 2014 |
WHEN WE first heard Stephon Marbury was starring in a musical in China titled "I Am Marbury," we briefly morphed into Tom McGinnis and let go with a lusty, "Are you kidding me?" The 37-year-old Marbury, it seems, is a megastar in China. Bigger than Jerry Lewis in France or David Hasselhoff in Germany. Heck, there's even a statue of the two-time NBA All-Star outside the MasterCard Center in Beijing where he led the Ducks to the Chinese Basketball Association title in March. The musical, which opened last night in Beijing and runs 11 days, is sold out for the first three shows.
October 3, 2014 |
Once again, as we have seen so frequently and so recently in many countries, massive crowds of young people are demonstrating for democracy against a repressive government. This time the civic protests are ongoing in downtown Hong Kong. As in Cairo's Tahrir Square in 2011, or in the early days of Syria's uprising, or last fall in Kiev, or in Moscow's Pushkin Square in 2012, the crowd is predominantly youthful and nonviolent - and it has no clear leaders. Its participants are so earnest that they clean up the trash and separate plastic and paper for recycling.
May 25, 2014 |
BEIJING - The Philadelphia Orchestra's 2014 China Residency and Tour of Asia hit its stride Friday at the National Centre for the Performing Arts with a packed house that roared in response to a powerhouse performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 1 , clapping long and hard, and seeming doubly charmed when music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin turned to the audience and quietly said, "Xie xie" ("Thank you"). The Philadelphia players had gotten to know the hall's acoustics for a Mahler symphony that taps an orchestra to the max. One man confessed he was so moved that he had begun writing a rhapsodic letter to his fiancée to say how much he loved her. But while explaining this to Nézet-Séguin in the postconcert autograph line, he told the conductor, "I've also fallen in love with you!"
May 24, 2014 |
BEIJING - The Philadelphia Orchestra is used to veneration in China, but not like this. The orchestra was said to be "rewriting the history of our musical life" by Patrick Ren, executive director of programming at Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts. Facing a battery of TV cameras Thursday morning, he said, "Every time they walk on stage, they are in some way . . . creating a new epoch. " His comment indicates that Year Three of the Philadelphia Orchestra's five-year plan with the National Centre is anything but redundant.
March 28, 2014 |
MOVIES MAY STOP production for any of a hundred reasons ("the script isn't ready," "we can't raise the money," "we've run out of money," etc.), but here's one you thankfully don't hear every day: The disaster movie "Deep Water," about a jet that crashes into the ocean on its way to Beijing, has been put on hold because of its similarities to the missing Malaysian plane, which disappeared on its way to . . . Beijing. Arclight Films said yesterday that preproduction has been halted for the time being.
February 5, 2014 |
In Sochi, the Black Sea resort hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics, there are 24 varieties of palm trees. And if, for his entrance at Friday's opening ceremonies, some of their fronds were scattered at Vladimir Putin's feet, few would be surprised. Whether ultimately triumphal or tragic, the Sochi Games are Putin's miracle. The Russian leader, having overcome logistical, political, and historical hurdles to land his nation's first Winter Olympics, has become its face. "Has any Winter Olympic Games in history been so identified or attached to a national leader as these Games are to Mr. Putin?"
January 31, 2014 |
A BRAZILIAN gymnast who was expected to compete in freestyle skiing at the Sochi Olympics is unable to move her arms or legs and can't breathe on her own after she hit a tree while skiing in Utah this week, doctors said yesterday. Lais Souza , 25, is fighting for her life and will miss the Olympics, Brazilian team doctor Antonio Marttos said at a news conference in Salt Lake City. She was injured Monday when she hit a tree while skiing recreationally in Park City, Utah, in an accident that doctors said could have happened to anybody.