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On its first tour in China since 1979, the Boston Symphony Orchestra performed the first of two concerts in Beijing on Thursday.
Victor Kuo, a retired manager at IBM China and a big music fan, shows the booklet and other memorabilia he has kept from the BSO's performance 35 years ago.
Seiji Ozawa conducted during the previous tour. The BSO was the first American orchestra to visit after the normalization of diplomatic relations.
Three members of the BSO met with members of the Chinese orchestra who had played with them in 1979.
The group discussed everything from instruments to the more basic arrangements of musical life in the two countries.
The BSO is one of the last major American orchestras to visit China during the country's most recent era of rapid development.
Edwin Barker, double bass principal, brought his instrument onto the stage at the National Centre for the Performing Arts before doors were opened for the audience.
The next stop on the 13-day tour to China and Japan is Shanghai.
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