The Philadelphia Orchestra’s two senior advisers on international programs visited Ulaanbaatar in October to finalize arrangements for the historic visit of the 100+ member orchestra to Mongolia in June 2017, which is supported by contributions from private sector companies, the US Department of State and the US Embassy. Vladimir Petrovic and Ari Mittleman met with Ulaanbaatar Mayor S. Batbold, Deputy Mayor Sh. Ankhmaa, T. Tamir, CEO of MIAT Mongolian Airlines, US Ambassador Jennifer Z. Galt and others. MIAT has generously volunteered to transport the Orchestra delegation. The Orchestra is a member of the NAMBC.
The Philadelphia Orchestra has agreed to Mayor Batbold’s suggestion to include in the visit a large outdoor performance on Sukhbaatar Square to mark 30 years of US-Mongolia diplomatic relations and friendship. The Orchestra will be the first full Western orchestra to visit Mongolia. Including accompanying Pennsylvania business leaders, this will be the largest non-governmental American delegation to Mongolia in history.
Founded in 1900, The Philadelphia Orchestra is the most travelled orchestra in the world. It was the first symphony orchestra to make electrical recordings (1925), first to make a commercially sponsored radio broadcast (929) and the first to appear on a national television broadcast (1948). The Orchestra made diplomatic history in 1973 when it became the first American orchestra to tour the People’s Republic of China, performing in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People. In 1999, it became the first American orchestra to visit Vietnam. For further information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Mr. Ari Mittleman, firstname.lastname@example.org. For background on the Orchestra, visit https://www.philorch.org/.