China's recently formed Philharmonic orchestra will play a series of concerts starting in February
China's recently formed Philharmonic Orchestra is set to tour the US and Europe for a series of concerts starting February 23rd and finishing on April 8th.
The tour sees one of the orchestra's most hectic schedules since it was formed in 2000 out of its predecessor the China Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, one of the first symphony orchestras to be founded in China since 1949.
The orchestra will give 25 concerts in the Canada, the United States, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Britain, Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands.
The concerts will see the orchestra invite several eminent Chinese and foreign artists as guests during the 44-day tour. These will include ever-popular pianist Lang Lang, cellist Wang Jian, violinist Augustin Dumay and soprano Ke Lvwa.
The programme for the tour will include works by western and Chinese composers. These will include works by Dvorak with his 'Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in B Minor' and Rachmaninov's 'Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini'. Chinese works will include two concertos for violin by Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai, 'Butterfly Lovers' and 'Moon Reflects in Er Quan'.