During the Philadelphia Orchestra’s tour of Asia, underway now through June 5, the orchestra visited Eastman Music Company’s string-instrument factory outside Beijing, China on May 25. Eastman (no connection to the Eastman School of Music) “is participating in the orchestra’s … Buy One, Give One instrument program to be launched this summer,” writes John Timpane in Wednesday’s (5/25) Philadelphia Inquirer. “Incorporating feedback from Philadelphia Orchestra musicians, the Eastman Music Company designed … a line of instruments specifically developed for the program. For every [instrument] purchased, one will be donated to a School District of Philadelphia student. Orchestra members took a tour of the workshop and … musicians performed for the instrument-makers and their children. Associate concertmaster Ying Fu, violinist Amy Oshiro-Morales, violist Che-Hung-Chen, acting associate principal cello John Koen, and principal clarinet Ricardo Morales performed Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet.” Eastman Music Company is a California-based instrument maker with factories in China. The Buy One, Give One instrument program is part of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s recently announced HEAR series of education and community-engagement initiatives.
Posted May 31, 2016