Beethoven in Beijing, a feature-length documentary, spotlights the explosive growth of classical music in China since the 1973 tour of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the first American orchestra to perform in the People’s Republic. At the invitation of U.S. President Richard Nixon and Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai, the orchestra used music to help dismantle 25 years of isolation between the two countries. Today, China is energizing the world of classical music with legions of young musicians, glittering new concert halls, and a lineup of superstar performers and composers. 

The National Committee hosted a virtual program on April  7, 2022 with Jie Chen, Jennifer LinSheila Melvin, and Booker Rowe as they discussed their experiences in musical exchange to date and prospects for the future. 

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