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Isaac Stern’s China Tour

In 1979, as China re-opened its doors to the West, virtuoso violinist Isaac Stern received an unprecedented invitation to tour the country. The Center played a central role in facilitating this visit with the Chinese government and planning Stern’s itinerary. While in China, Stern performed concerts and taught master classes in Beijing, Shanghai, and Xian.
This collaboration resulted in the Academy Award-winning documentary, From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China (1980). The film’s extensive distribution throughout the world inspired a surge of interest in arts exchange with China that remains evident today.
Contact Info: 
The Center for U.S.-China Arts Exchange 423 West 118th Street, #1E New York, NY 10025 Tel: 212.280.4648 Email: us_china_arts(at)
Type of Exchange: 
United States-China Arts Exchange
Chinese government
Harmony Film Group
Hopewell Foundation
Beijing’s Central Philharmonic Orchestra
United States-China Arts Exchange
Participants (Types): 
Musicians, orchestras
Exchange Date: 
Monday, January 1, 1979
Beijing, Shanghai, Xian
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