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* The Philadelphia Orchestra tours China and Macau again

Considered one of the greatest in the world, the Philadelphia Orchestra played a role in the establishment of diplomatic relations between the US and the PRC back in 1973 when they started to visit China frequently. This year they made it over again. The Philly Orchestra toured Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Macau. The Times spoke to some of its musicians before the shows and learned how the ensemble has continued to put down roots in China, inspiring and being inspired by young Asian musicians. Among others, we interviewed Macau-born Lio Kuok Man, who was appointed assistant conductor fulfilling a childhood dream

* Movie: the fault in our stars

* Books: Faceoff by david baldacci

* Music: Animal ambition by 50 cent

* Wine: The carthaginian resurgence

* Food: Sensability and romanticism


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