The first rehearsal on its Asian tour took place at China's National Concert Hall in Beijing. Jim Cunningham met tour organizer Doug Sheldon of Columbia Artists, and got an inside view of rehearsal from Principal Trumpet George Vosburgh.
Manfred Honeck and the PSO made their debut at "The Egg" in Beijing. Principal Bassoon Nancy Goeres recounts her visit to Chairman Mao's tomb. The concert drew executives from Westinghouse, now building nuclear plants in China; and Bayer, which enjoys a strong position in China and provides significant earthquake relief.
The orchestra had Wednesday off to overcome jet lag and see the sights. Jim Cunningham went to the Great Wall, with Principal Bass Clarinet Richard Page, and Peggy McLean, Manager of Visitor Services at the Frick Art & Historical Center.
A trip to Beijing's Temple of Heaven with traditional Chinese music, passing Tiananmen Square, and more trekkers on the Great Wall including the PSO's Michael Lipman, Jeremy Branson, and Richard Page. Jim Cunningham tries to speak Mandarin.
The orchestra begins its first visit to China since 1987. Jim Cunningham asked PSO Assistant Principal Hornist Zachary Smith about the 14-hour nonstop flight from Chicago to Beijing, first impressions of the Chinese capital, and Smith's plans for Wednesday after some long-overdue sleep.
International Whistling Conference champion, featured performer with Cirque du Soleil, and Braddock native Sean Lomax made his Edgewood Symphony debut outdoors in June, 2007. He returns to the ESO Saturday, May 9th at 7:30 at Woodland Hills West Junior High School.