With some free time before their second concert at Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians squeezed in some sightseeing, including a visit to the city’s famous Lotus Market, a bazaar that dates to the mid-19th century. In the summer, the nearby lake is covered with lotus flowers, hence the market’s name. During the winter, the lake hosts ice skating and other cold-weather sports.
Then musicians returned to the Concert Hall and joined Music Director Riccardo Muti for a program of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade. From Beijing, the orchestra flies to Japan for a series of programs from Jan. 30 to Feb. 4.
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