President Xi Emphasizes Role of Music and Culture in Building Bridges Between China and U.S.
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President Xi Emphasizes Role of Music and Culture in Building Bridges Between China and U.S.

Emphasizing the importance of music and culture in building bridges, President Xi Jinping has encouraged close exchanges and cooperation between Chinese and American artists to contribute to humanistic exchanges between the two countries.

Xi made the remarks in a recent letter to Matthias Tarnopolsky, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Orchestra. The Philadelphia Orchestra is currently visiting China to mark the 50th anniversary of its historic 1973 visit.

Xi said he was pleased to learn that the orchestra will be working with Chinese partners on a series of performances that he believes will continue the half-century of musical friendship between the people of China and the United States.

He said the orchestra’s “ice-breaking trip” 50 years ago was an important moment in the normalization of China-U.S. relations, and the orchestra’s many visits to China since then have played a positive role in promoting the development of relations between the two countries.

Xi expressed his belief that the joint performance by the Philadelphia Orchestra, the China Symphony Orchestra and singers from various countries will surely go down in history.

He emphasized that music transcends national boundaries and culture builds bridges, and hoped that the Philadelphia Orchestra, together with artists from China and the United States, will write a new chapter of friendship between China and the United States and even the world through mutual respect, mutual learning, mutual dialogue and mutual tolerance.

President Xi Emphasizes Role of Music and Culture in Building Bridges Between China and U.S.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra was the first U.S. symphony orchestra to visit China after the founding of New China in 1949, and its most recent visit was in 2019. Tarnopolsky recently sent a letter to Xi Jinping recalling the history of the symphony’s exchanges with China and describing the itinerary of their most recent visit.

Speaking at an event in Beijing on Wednesday, Tarnopolsky said it was the cooperation between Chinese and American partners that made the visit possible.” We are here because we are convinced that music can express thoughts and ideas that words cannot.”

Violinist Davyd Booth, 73, who was also a member of the 1973 trip, said he never imagined at the time that the trip would be so important or how it would affect his life.” I sometimes compare it now to the planting of a seed, which we have seen germinate and grow into lush vegetation.”

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s visit is a testament to the power of music and culture to build bridges between people and foster understanding and cooperation.

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