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Alcoa and Chinalco Partner to Sponsor Concert Marking 35th Anniversary of the Renewal of Relations Between the U.S. and China
Concert Part of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s
Anniversary Tour of Asia
BEIJING--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) and Alcoa Foundation announced today they have partnered
with the Aluminum Corporation of China (Chinalco) to sponsor The
Philadelphia Orchestra’s 35th Anniversary Tour
of Asia through collaboration with the China Association for
International Friendly Contact and Beijing Music Festival Arts
The tour marks the 35th anniversary of the
Orchestra’s historic 1973 trip to China, when
it became the first American orchestra to perform in the People’s
Republic of China, marking the renewal of diplomatic relations between
the U.S. and China. In 1973, with its extraordinary art skills and
magnificent power, The Philadelphia Orchestra premiered its “Sound
of Philadelphia” at the Cultural Palace of
Nationalities and exerted great impact on the normalization of Sino-US
The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2008 Anniversary
Tour of Asia is part of the Beijing Music Festival. The
anniversary of the Orchestra’s first visit to
China in 1973 will be celebrated by Festival organizers with a gala
concert and dinner in Beijing on June 2, organized on behalf of the
China International Friendship Association. AstraZeneca is
presenting sponsor of the 2008 Anniversary Tour. The Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania provides lead support.
The 35th Anniversary Gala will take place once
again at the Cultural Palace of Nationalities in Beijing today. The
Philadelphia Orchestra under the leadership of Music Director Christoph
Eschenbach will perform Beethoven. Joining the Orchestra for four
concerts in China is renowned pianist Lang Lang, who performs the Grieg
Piano Concerto. Concerts will be held in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai
starting today through Sunday, June 8, 2008.
“Alcoa is honored to collaborate with the
China Association for International Friendly Contact, Beijing Music
Festival Arts Foundation and of course our long-time partners at
Chinalco to organize this gala. Alcoa is proud to help audiences from
all over the world enjoy this music and help further promote bilateral
communication and cooperation between China and the U.S.,”
said Alcoa President and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld.
In addition to Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation’s
support of the event Alcoa Foundation will sponsor outreach activities
The Philadelphia Orchestra plans to undertake during its tour in Asia.
In 1973 The Philadelphia Orchestra, under Eugene Ormandy’s
direction, became the first American orchestra to perform in the People’s
Republic of China in Beijing (then known as Peking), at the special
request of President Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger. Ten musicians of
the Orchestra who were on the 1973 trip return to China on the tour.
Alcoa is the world leader in the production and management of primary
aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina combined, through its active
and growing participation in all major aspects of the industry. It is
the largest foreign investor in the aluminum industry in China and is
the strategic cooperation partner with Chinalco. Alcoa actively promotes
sustainable development in China and continues to play a significant
role in promoting the development of the aluminum industry and
fulfilling its corporate social responsibilities in each of the 34
countries in which it operates, including China and the United States.
The Philadelphia Orchestra embarked on it 2008 Anniversary Tour of Asia
on May 20, 2008.