George Lucas

A diplomatic China Philharmonic plays Disney Hall

A diplomatic China Philharmonic plays Disney Hall

You must have heard about a president-elect last week talking on the telephone with the president of Taiwan, and thus, by evading protocol, possibly upending U.S. China policy. Now what?

I know. I know. This is no job for a music critic. But as long as the job qualifications for governance have loosened up, let me make a modest proposal. Don’t follow the dollar; follow the quarter note.

Classical music diplomacy has had some weight in modern American politics, and it just so happens that an opportunity presents itself anew. The China Philharmonic and Taiwan Philharmonic are coincidentally touring North America at the moment. The band from Beijing played at Walt...