The 2020 documentary film Beethoven in Beijing starts with a forgotten moment in history, when President Nixon secured an invitation to have his favorite orchestra visit the People's Republic of China in 1973. The Philadelphia Orchestra's tour was a tentative gesture of cultural diplomacy that still resonates today, when China produces millions of musicians, erects dozens of new concert halls, and fills chairs in orchestras around the world.
The 90-minute film will be screened at the Michigan Theater on Monday, February 21, at 7:00 PM. Our post-film discussion will feature Beethoven in Beijing co-director and producer, Jennifer Lin, with Tiffany Ng, U-M Associate Professor of Carillon & University Carillonist, Department of Organ, School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Get tickets and additonal information.