Once upon a time
there was a great wall around China. Not the Great
Wall that bisects the country's interior but the
wall around the heart and soul of China. From
the time the Communists took over the government
of China in 1949, there was no tourism between
China and the United States until the US table
tennis team was invited to China in 1971. Since
that first visit, the wall has slowly melted and
today traveling to China is a destination for
many a traveler and huge bus loads of Chinese
tourists traverse the United States.
On Tuesday, July
13, 2010, the New York Philharmonic Concerts in
the Parks (presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer)
hosted the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. The free
concert was held on the Great Lawn of New York's
Central Park. The performance celebrated The World
Expo 2010 Shanghai and the partnership of the
Iris Behler, Albert Behler
and Angela Chen, Director of China Arts
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Hank Greenberg and Corine Greenberg
Before the concert
began, Angela Chen, director of the China Arts
Foundation, arranged a small informal reception
under tented awnings to the side of the stage.
Chen also arranged seating during the concert
for guest that included: Geoffrey Bradfield, Ron
Chernow, Theodore Forstmann, Hank Greenberg, William
Haseltine, Meredith Ostrom, Padma Lakshmi, Mr.
and Mrs. Donald Rubin and designer Zang Toi. The
China Arts Foundation (CAF) is a non-profit organization
that supports art performances and cultural events
that involves Sino-international relations and
Pianist Lang Lang and
Shanghai Symphony Maestro Long Yu
then left the enclave and walked to the VIP section
of the park to hear the performance.
The Shanghai Symphony
performed first. The Symphony is conducted by
Maestro Long Yu. Guest performers were renowned
pianist Lang Lang and vocalists Ying Huang and
Chang Yong Liao. The Shanghai Orchestra began
their performance with Wagner's "Tannhauser
Overture" and then played selections from
Rossini, Gounod and Mozart. The Orchestra then
played an original piece that was composed in
honor of the World Expo which takes place in Shanghai
from May 1 – October 31, 2010 (the first
time the World Expo has been hosted in China).
This piece was Guang Zhao's "Ode to the Expo."
The Orchestra ended its performance with Gershwin's
"Rhapsody in Blue" with piano accompaniment
by Lang Lang.
There was a short
break and then the New York Philharmonic, under
direction of Andrey Boreyko, took to the stage.
The Philharmonic played selections from Tchaikovsky,
Bernstein and Ravel.
The two hour concert
was followed by fireworks that lit up the New
York skyline. It was a beautiful evening in a
here for the authorized biography of the Shanghai
Shelley Rubin, Donald
Rubin and Angela Chen
Shirley Young, Tiehui
Weng and Angela Chen