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MSO and Sichuan Symphony Orchestra announce three-year partnership

Source: Melbourne Symphony OrchestraFebruary/17/2023

The President of Sichuan Symphony, Mr Wu Lingfeng, joined MSO Chair David Li AM and Managing Director Sophie Galaise to announce a multi-year partnership between the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Sichuan Symphony Orchestra at 10th anniversary Chinese New Year Concert, that will build on the sister-state relationship that was established between Sichuan Province and Victoria in 2015.

The new partnership entails a multi-faceted exchange program between the two orchestras. Partnership activities will include co-commissioning of Australian and Chinese works, sharing of knowledge in administration and operations, promotion of each other in home countries, and opportunities for musicians and chief conductor exchanges.

MSO Chairman David Li AM, alongside MSO Managing Director Sophie Galaise, said the new partnership offers another significant international alliance for the MSO.

“This new agreement with the SSO compliments a growing network of creative partnerships with Singapore Symphony Group, National Centre for Performing Arts, Beijing, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, the Yogyakarta Special Region and council membership for the Beijing Forum for the Performing Arts. Last November we also signed a four-year cross-cultural partnership with the London Symphony Orchestra.”

Also in attendance for the announcement were Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Tim Watts MP, Mr John Mullahy MP, State Member of Parliament, Acting Consul General from the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Melbourne, Mr Zeng Jianhua and Mr Song Yanqun, Minister Counsellor of Culture and Tourism at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, among others.

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