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PHOTOS: Shanghai Residency Concludes

That's a wrap. The New York Philharmonic has completed its first annual performance residency as part of the four-year Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership (presented by the Starr International Foundation). The eight days of concerts and coachings included the first-ever Young People’s Concert in China — in which the Orchestra’s ranks included Shanghai Orchestra Academy students, and which featured music by Very Young Composers of Shanghai and New York City, a Bernstein triptych, and the Chinese premiere of a work by Philharmonic Board Member Karen T. LeFrak with a dynamic video by NYC & Company. The residency and partnership is part of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy.

WATCH: Emanuel Ax Performs Mozart in Shanghai

Music Director Alan Gilbert conducts the Orchestra and Emanuel Ax in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 14 during a rehearsal on July 8, 2015, in the Chamber Hall of Shanghai Symphony Hall. The concert, on July 10, closes the first annual performance residency of the four-year Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership.

(Video: Chris Lee)

PHOTOS: Shanghai First Annual Performance Residency Kicks Off

Where in the world is the New York Philharmonic? In Shanghai, for the first annual performance residency of the four-year Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership. So far the Orchestra has performed three concerts: Alan Gilbert led two all-American concerts, one on the Fourth of July, with violinist Joshua Bell as soloist, and Charles Dutoit led Brahms, Stravinsky, and Ravel with pianist Emanuel Ax as soloist. This collaboration, part of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, also involves extensive education activities, in which Philharmonic musicians are teaching and coaching Shanghai Orchestra Academy students.

Serenading Shanghai

The New York Philharmonic is just settling into Shanghai — adjusting to the time change and the hot weather before beginning the Orchestra’s inaugural performance residency on July 4 — but in the meantime, one musician is already at work. Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi arrived early to teach and conduct at the Trombone Festival of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA), one result of the partnership between the Philharmonic and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, with collaboration from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, that has brought the Orchestra here for this five-concert, multi-education-event residency that runs through July 10. 

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New York Philharmonic Global Academy Summer Highlights: Shanghai & Music Academy of the West

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The mercury just cracked 60 here in New York, and our summer travel plans are already in motion! Today, the Philharmonic announced details of the Orchestra’s two performance residencies this summer: in Shanghai and Santa Barbara.

Global Academy Summer Highlights

Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership (July 4–10)
Alan Gilbert will bring Philharmonic flair to Shanghai this summer in the first of four annual performance residencies in Shanghai. The Orchestra will perform two all-American music concerts (one on the Fourth of July, no less!), a Young People’s Concert featuring New York City–centric music (July 9), and a concert of Mozart and Mahler (July 10). Charles Dutoit will also conduct the Orchestra in a concert of Philharmonic greatest hits: Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Emanuel Ax, Stravinsky’s Petrushka, and Ravel’s La Valse (July 5). In between performances and rehearsals the New York Philharmonic musicians will fan the musical fires of students in the Shanghai Orchestra Academy, leading masterclasses, coaching chamber groups, and teaching lessons.

Music Academy of the West Partnership (August 1–8)
Coming directly from the mountains of Vail, Colorado, the Orchestra will take root in sunny Santa Barbara at the renowned Music Academy of the West. The New York Philharmonic will start off its residency with a side-by-side reading with the Academy Festival Orchestra. Alan Gilbert will then lead the Philharmonic in its debut at the Santa Barbara Bowl performing works by Barber, Copland, Bernstein, Gershwin, and Sousa. Philharmonic Acting Concertmaster Sheryl Staples, Principal Cello Carter Brey, Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill, Principal Tuba Alan Baer, and Associate Principal Percussion Daniel Druckman will perform in a chamber music concert on August 4. They will also be Music Academy of the West guest faculty for a week, giving private lessons, lectures, master classes, and chamber music coachings.

(Above, Acting Concertmaster Sheryl Staples in a master class at Shanghai Orchestra Academy in September 2014. Photo: Eunice Hoo)

Principal Oboe Liang Wang Named Artist of the Year by Beijing International Music Festival

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Congrats are in order to our Principal Oboe Liang Wang, who on Saturday received the Beijing International Music Festival Artist of the Year award (which has previously been given to the likes of Isaac Stern).

Before the all-Strauss program, in which Liang was the soloist, at Beijing Concert Hall, Madam Deng Nan (above left, in middle), the daughter of Deng Xiao Ping, former Prime Minister of China, presented the award. Long Yu (above left, at left), chairman of the Beijing International Music Festival Artistic Committee, called Wang "the pride of our Chinese artists."

This is not the first collaboration between the oboist and Yu, who has conducted the Philharmonic and is President of Shanghai Orchestra Academy, which Liang helped launch in September when he and other Philharmonic musicians taught and advised during the intensive two-week opener. Read more and see photos.

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