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Jennifer Lin is the author of Beethoven in Beijing, an oral history about the Philadelphia Orchestra's extraordinary trip to China. The book was preceded by a documentary of the same name, which Jennifer co-directed and produced.
In 1973, the Philadelphia Orchestra became the first American orchestra to perform in China, helping to change the course of diplomatic relations. The book is told as oral history, including many stories from Cape May resident and retired violinist, Bob DePasquale.
Jennifer draws from interviews, personal diaries, and news accounts to give voice to the American and Chinese musicians, diplomats, journalists, and others who participated in and witnessed this historic event. Beethoven in Beijing is filled with glorious images as well as anecdotes ranging from amusing sidewalk Frisbee sessions and acupuncture treatments for sore musicians to a tense encounter involving Madame Mao dictating which symphony was to be played at a concert.
The Library Journal had this to say: “Fans of classical music will enjoy reading about one of the most important cultural events of the 20th century, while students of history will appreciate this account of a pivotal moment in U.S.-China relations.”
There will be a Q&A as well as a book signing. Bob DePasquale will also be present to talk about his experience!
Check the book out from the library! https://cat.cmclibrary.org/polaris/search/title.aspx?ctx=3.1033.0.0.3&pos=1&cn=611074
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