Emphasizing the importance of music and culture in building bridges, President Xi Jinping has encouraged artists from China and the United States to closely exchange and cooperate with each other and 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.

He was delighted to learn that the orchestra is making its 13th visit to China and will be performing a series of concerts with Chinese partners that will continue the half-century of musical friendship between the people of China and the United States,” Xi said.

The orchestra’s “ice-breaking trip” 50 years ago was an important moment in the normalization of U.S.-China relations. Since then, the orchestra has visited China many times and played a positive role in promoting the development of relations between the two countries.

Half a century has passed, and I believe this performance by the Philadelphia Orchestra, the China Symphony Orchestra and singers from various countries will undoubtedly go down in history.

Xi emphasized that music transcends national boundaries and culture builds bridges.

I hope that the Philadelphia Orchestra, together with artists from China and the United States, will respect each other, learn from each other, engage in mutual dialog and tolerance, and write a new chapter of friendship between China and the United States and the world….

President Xi Jinping emphasizes the importance of music and culture in building bridges of communication

The Philadelphia Orchestra is the first U.S. symphony orchestra to visit China since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, with its most recent visit in 2019.

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.”

Davide Booth was one of the 14 members who took part in the visit. The 73-year-old violinist was also a member of the 1973 visit to China that helped demystify the country in the U.S., a phenomenon that also had the opposite effect.

“At the time,” Booth says, “I never thought about how important that visit was and how it would affect my life.” I now sometimes compare it to planting a seed that we see germinate and grow into lush vegetation.”

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s visit to China is a reminder of the power of music to bring people together and foster understanding and friendship. It also reflects the growing humanistic exchanges between the United States and China, which are vital to building a better future for both countries and the world.

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