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Topic - Eugene Ormandy
Riccardo Muti, the master conductor, is sounding an ominous note, and it isn't rising from the orchestra pit.
The Philadelphia Orchestra will travel to China next month for a packed schedule of concerts in four cities, master classes, cultural exchange forums and community outreach.
Nearly four decades after becoming the first American symphony to tour Communist China, the Philadelphia Orchestra announced it will embark on a cultural exchange to find and nurture young Chinese musicians and composers and bring orchestral music to audiences beyond the biggest cities.
The musicians known as the Fabulous Philadelphians are feeling more drab than fab about their management these days.
Now 71, he said he brought to Chicago, his long experience of "life, orchestras, music, theaters."
"The heart of the U.S.-China relationship is people-to-people," he said, "whether it's trade, investment, sports, those relationships anchor what we do as governments."