The Philadelphia Orchestra in China, 1973

Francis B. Tenny’s memoir of PO China tour

“The Philadelphia Orchestra trip was arguably one of the major initiatives to foster rapprochement between the U.S. and China. Frank Tenny, officer in charge of State’s Educational and Cultural Affairs program for East Asia and the Pacific at the time was assigned escort officer for this historic trip…”

Mr. Tenny: “When Henry Kissinger reopened cultural exchanges with China, I accompanied the Philadelphia Orchestra on their China tour during the Cultural Revolution.”


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