Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra’s U.S. tour cancelled, in wake of new visa rules

Posted on: August 5, 2019

“The Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, popular with U.S. audiences, has been forced to cancel its Stateside tours because of new … hurdles the U.S. has imposed in obtaining a visa,” writes Susan Elliott in Friday’s (8/2) Musical America (subscription required). “The U.S., as of June 1, is now demanding that all visitors must disclose their entire social media profile, including usernames, to secure a visa…. When several members of the HKCO balked at the requirement, the orchestra’s legal counsel investigated and discovered that the orchestra would open itself to litigation if it forced its members to follow the U.S. ruling. A spokesperson for the HKCO confirmed that the reason for the cancellation was ‘due to complications arising from the new requirements for U.S. entry visa applications, effective June 1, 2019.’ Cancellations thus far include the August 18 concert in Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago, the August 21 performance at Tanglewood, and the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth in September…. A HKCO residency at the Kennedy Center in January has been cancelled as well, for the same reason.”  

Posted August 5, 2019