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In an earlier era, it was said only Nixon could go to China. The Philadelphia Orchestra would beg to differ. The Orchestra’s trip to Beijing in 1973 helped thaw Sino-American relations, and the group just returned from more than two weeks of spreading brotherly love in the People’s Republic, as well as in Korea and Japan. No word on what Tricky Dick would have thought of tonight’s all-Russian program—music by Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff, and Glinka—but it’s a safe bet he would have accused Nikolai Lugansky, soloist for Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto, of being a Commie spy.
THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA PERFORMS AT 7:30 P.M. AT THE MUSIC CENTER AT STRATHMORE, 5301 TUCKERMAN LANE, NORTH BETHESDA. $65-$95. (202) 785-9727.