Overture to Friendship: The Philadelphia Orchestra in China
To WCAU-TV, CBS in Philadelphia, a Peabody Award for the unique program Overture to Friendship: The Philadelphia Orchestra in China. Featuring famed conductor Eugene Ormandy, the symphony provided an exceptional musical odyssey to the People’s Republic of China for viewers in Philadelphia. A rare feature was the rendition of the “Yellow River Concerto” and “Sanpei,” the peasants and workers march by China’s Central Philharmonic Orchestra. Delightful sidelights and human interest glimpses showing the intermingling of orchestra members with a diversity of Chinese citizenry added both color and charm. To WCAU-TV, for its significant contributions to international understanding through television, a George Foster Peabody Award.