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ASO’s Chinese connections

Vincent Ciccarello and Dr Ting. Photo: Kathryn Thomas

Vincent Ciccarello and Dr Ting. Photo: Kathryn Thomas

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s China engagement initiatives have been given a major boost with the announcement of a substantial financial gift over the next three years.

ASO Managing Director, Vincent Ciccarello, said that thanks to the extraordinary generosity of Dr Sing Ping Ting, the orchestra will be able to undertake a range of activities focusing on China and the local Chinese community, such as musician exchanges, the commissioning of new music, awarding music scholarships, and the presentation of special concerts.

“Over the years, the ASO has enjoyed tremendously successful collaborations with great Chinese artists, such as the celebrated composer Tan Dun and Chinese/Australian cellist Li-Wei,” he said.

“We are also very excited about having rekindled our connection with our orchestral colleagues in our sister state of Shandong Province over the past two years.

“Dr Ting’s generous gift will enable us to build on those relationships and to develop new ones.”

Music lover Dr Ting, a general practitioner who has made a significant contribution to many charities and NGOs, has enjoyed the ASO’s performances over the past 40 years.