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Musical diplomacy

Jan 31, 2019 - Philadelphia Inquirer

Does it really matter to anyone outside of classical music that members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra played so beautifully side by side Tuesday night in the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall?

And, is it possible that having the Philadelphia Orchestra go to China for the 12th time, as it announced Tuesday it would do in May, will do anything to alleviate tensions between China and the United States?

The vague promise of cultural diplomacy was back in th...