By 1970, Western music had virtually disappeared from China. Today, classical music is thriving throughout the country as Chinese virtuosos thrill audiences in gleaming new concert halls. The turning point was a breakthrough visit by the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1973, which helped rekindle Chinese interest in classical music and forged a unique connection between China and the Orchestra. Beethoven in Beijing brings this riveting story to life through the memories of the Chinese and American musicians who played together in 1973 and offers a striking look at the cross-cultural power of music.
Run time 1:28
Director: Jennifer Lin, Sharon Mullally
Producer: Sam Katz, Jennifer Lin