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China national philharmonic to tour Europe, U.S.


08:46, August 16, 2012

BEIJING, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- The China National Symphony Orchestra (CNSO), the nation's top philharmonic, will begin its largest tours ever in Europe and the United States starting from September, the orchestra's head said Wednesday.

The orchestra will visit six cities in Austria, Germany and France in September, holding concerts at multiple venues, including the Berlin Philharmonie and the Wiener Musikverein, the CNSO head Guan Xia said on Wednesday.

It will also travel through the U.S. to give concerts in more than 20 cities starting from January 2013, Guan said.

The tours will be the biggest of their kind in the orchestra's history, Guan said.

Compositions played at the concerts will highlight Chinese culture, Guan said, adding that the works will include those by Camille Saint-Saens, Richard Strauss and Tchaikovsky, as well as several pieces by Chinese composers.

The concerts will feature Michel Plasson as chief conductor and Li Xincao as chief resident conductor.

On Aug. 23, the orchestra will give a concert in Seoul celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and the Republic of Korea (ROK).
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