PHILADELPHIA, United States, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) — Chinese musicians teamed up with their U.S. counterparts on Tuesday at a special New Year concert in Philadelphia, the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, to mark the 40th anniversary of China-U.S. diplomatic relations.
About 100 musicians from the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) and The Philadelphia Orchestra performed in the first side-by-side Chinese New Year Concert in Philadelphia.
Walter Douglas [JB – see], deputy assistant secretary of state for public affairs and public diplomacy [JB emphasis] in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the U.S. Department of State , said that it is important to have people-to-people ties.
The joint concert by the two orchestras is a good sign of people-to-people cooperation, which dates back to 1973, he said at a reception before the concert.
To mark the unique event, the two orchestras jointly proposed a distinctive east-meets-west program featuring the world premiere of the new..
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