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Cultural Diplomacy: “Beethoven in Beijing” Screening, Q&A

April 21, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Beethoven in Beijing,” a feature-length documentary, spotlights the explosive growth of classical music in China since the 1973 tour of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the first American orchestra to perform in the People’s Republic. At the invitation of President Nixon and Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai, the orchestra used music to help dismantle 25 years of isolation between the two countries.

Join us on Friday, April 21 for a special screening of the award-winning documentary. Alison Friedman, executive and artistic director for Carolina Performing Arts, will deliver opening remarks.

There will be a reception with light refreshments before the program begins. 

After the screening, Mark Katz, John P. Barker Distinguished Professor of Music and founding director of Next Level Cultural Diplomacy Program, will host a Q&A discussion on cultural diplomacy with Jennifer Lin, the documentary’s producer and co-director. For 31 years, Lin worked at The Philadelphia Inquirer as a reporter, including posts as a foreign correspondent in China, a financial correspondent on Wall Street, and a national correspondent in Washington, DC. 

Let us know if you’ll join! 

This event is part of Carolina’s second-annual Diplomacy Week hosted by the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs.


April 21, 2023
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium
301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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The Carolina Asia Center supports diverse Asia-related events. However, CAC co-sponsorship of any talk, seminar, documentary screening, film screening, performance or celebration does not constitute endorsement of or agreement with the views presented therein. As an academic institution, we value diverse perspectives that promote dialogue and understanding.

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