More than two decades after its first tour of Asia, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra has announced that it is embarking on a four-city tour of China and South Korea next month. Artist in Association Pinchas Zukerman will lead 66 of the ASO’s musicians in performances at China’s newly opened Zhuhai Opera House and Korea’s Tongyeong Concert Hall for the very first time. The orchestra will also play at the Beijing Music Festival and the Shanghai International Arts Festival, with the program comprising Beethoven’s EgmontOverture, Mozart’s Turkishand Piano Concerto No 17, and Elgar’s Enigma Variations.
Pinchas Zukerman with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Photo © Claudio Raschella
“I’ve been performing in China since 1995 and have seen how classical and orchestral music have undergone remarkable growth, with not only an investment in cultural infrastructure but also in symphony orchestras and schools of music,” said Zukerman. “Literally millions of young Chinese are engaged in the study of a classical musical instrument. It will be a real joy to lead the fantastic Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in these concerts and use our music-making as a platform to cultivate mutual respect, cultural awareness and people-to-people connections.”