World-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra embarks on four-city residency and tour
(Macao, May 4, 2012) – The Venetian Macao has announced its sponsorship of the distinctive and innovative Philadelphia Orchestra as it launches its 2012 Residency & Tour of China. The integrated resort is serving as Premier Sponsor and Macau Community Outreach Sponsor as the world-renowned orchestra reconnects with its historical roots in China, having had the distinction of being the first American orchestra to perform in the People’s Republic, in 1973.
“The Venetian Macao is pleased to be involved in this historic return of The Philadelphia Orchestra to mainland China, and we are excited to be Premier Sponsor and Macau Community Outreach Sponsor,” said Gus Liem, Vice President of Entertainment, Venetian Macau Limited. “We wish the orchestra success as it begins its residency and tour in Beijing, Tianjin, Guangzhou and Shanghai. With this sponsorship, we will be able to bring a select group of the orchestra’s musicians to give an intimate and exclusive performance at the Venetian Theatre on June 4, along with a special community event giving some of Macao’s talented musicians a chance to benefit from the interaction with these renowned symphonic performers. The cultural value of such a visit can’t be overstated, and it’s exactly this kind of event that will help elevate Macao’s status to Asia’s entertainment hub.” “We are honoured and grateful to have the generous support of The Venetian Macao as Premier Sponsor and Macao Community Outreach Sponsor of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2012 Residency and Tour of China,” said Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore. “The Venetian Macao shares our commitment to connecting directly with people in the communities where we perform. Further, we hold a common belief that music has the great power to transform lives. We look forward to joining together with this strong partner to spread the joy of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s music.”
The introduction of the luxury Venetian Theatre in March was a significant milestone for The Venetian Macao and Sands China Ltd. The integrated resort developer has a clear vision of cementing Macao’s reputation as a must-visit destination for worldclass entertainment and cultural events. With a diverse line-up of shows regularly on stage at the region-leading CotaiArena, the Venetian Theatre expands the selection of quality international and Asian entertainment offerings available to Macao’s millions of business and leisure travellers, as demonstrated by the upcoming orchestra visit and recent shows featuring the China National Symphony Orchestra, China’s top three tenors and violinist Jue Yao.
Led by chief conductor Charles Dutoit, The Philadelphia Orchestra remains one of the preeminent orchestras in the world. The symphony orchestra has an extraordinary history of 112 seasons, and is renowned for its distinctive sound, desired for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and admired for an unrivalled legacy of music-making firsts, including its 1973 China visit and its innovative move to become the first orchestra to create an online store for purchasing music.
Photo caption: Allison Vulgamore, President and CEO of The Philadelphia Orchestra (left) and Gus Liem, Vice President of Entertainment, Venetian Macau Limited, attend a press conference April 25 at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, to promote The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2012 Residency & Tour of China. The Venetian Macao is Premier Sponsor and Macau Community Outreach Sponsor of the renowned symphony orchestra’s sojourn in China.
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The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel is Macao's first integrated resort featuring stunning replicas of the famous canals and architectural icons of Venice, Italy. The Venetian Macao features 3,000 suites, 1.2 million square feet of convention and meeting facilities as well as a 15,000-seat CotaiArena™ designed for world-class sports events and electrifying entertainment. The Venetian Macao is also home to the unique, 1,800-seat luxury Venetian Theatre, hosting the best in international and Chinese entertainment; more than 30 renowned restaurants; MALO CLINIC Health & Wellness; the incredibly fun QUBE indoor playground and more than 300 retailers at The Grand Canal Shoppes. Outdoor recreation areas include swimming pools and cabanas and a mini-golf course.
About The Philadelphia Orchestra
Renowned for its distinctive sound, desired for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and admired for an unrivalled legacy of “firsts” in music-making, The Philadelphia Orchestra remains one of the preeminent orchestras in the world. The Philadelphia Orchestra has cultivated an extraordinary roster of artistic leaders in its 112 seasons, including music directors Fritz Scheel, Karl Pohlig, Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy, Riccardo Muti, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Christoph Eschenbach, as well as the Orchestra’s current chief conductor, Charles Dutoit. In the 2012-13 season, Yannick Nézet- Séguin will become the eighth music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Named music director designate in 2010, Nézet-Séguin brings a vision that extends beyond symphonic music and into the vivid world of opera and choral music.
Philadelphia is home and the Orchestra nurtures an important relationship with patrons who support the main season at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The Orchestra also performs for Philadelphia audiences at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Penn’s Landing and other regional venues. The Philadelphia Orchestra Association continues to own the Academy of Music – a National Historic Landmark – as it has since 1957. The ensemble maintains an important tradition of presenting community educational programs for local audiences. Today the Orchestra executes a myriad of education and civic partnership programs, notably its Neighborhood Concert Series, Sound All Around and Family Concerts, eZseatU and more.
Through concerts, tours, residencies, presentations, and recordings, The Philadelphia Orchestra touches the lives of countless music lovers around the world. The Orchestra annually performs at Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center while also enjoying a threeweek residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in New York and a strong partnership with the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. For more information on The Philadelphia Orchestra, please visit www.philorch.org.