San Francisco Symphony
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / JANUARY 24, 2019
(High resolution images of artists and the SFS’s Chinese New Year festivities can be viewed and downloaded here.)
THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY PRESENTS CHINESE NEW YEAR CONCERT & BANQUET SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16 AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL
Conductor Mei-Ann Chen leads the San Francisco Symphony in works by Huan-zhi Li, Mao Yuan, and An-lun Huang, as well as traditional tunes
Violinist Angelo Xiang Yu performs Chen Gang & He Zhan-Hao’s The Butterfly Lovers Concerto
Pre-concert Festival Reception with lion dancers, Chinese calligraphy, and refreshments begins one hour before concert in the DSH lobby
Elegant Chinese New Year Banquet held after concert
SAN FRANCISCO, CA—The San Francisco Symphony (SFS) welcomes the Year of the Boar with its annual Chinese New Year Concert & Banquet on Saturday, February 16 at Davies Symphony Hall. Conductor Mei-Ann Chen leads the SFS in a program of traditional folk music and works by Asian composers, featuring Chen Gang & He Zhan-Hao’s The Butterfly Lovers Concerto performed by acclaimed violinist Angelo Xiang Yu. The Butterfly Lovers Concerto, composed in 1959 by Shanghai Conservatory of Music students Chen Gang and He Zhan-hao, faced censorship during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, finally gaining popularity in late 1970s. Composed using all western instruments and intertwining tonal harmonies with Chinese melodies, the concerto is considered the embodiment of a China in transition, and celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. Other works on the program include Huan-zhi Li’s Spring Festival Overture, An-lun Huang’s Saibei Dance, and arrangements of traditional tunes Jasmine Flower and The Moon Over Spring River. Members of the Red Chamber ensemble join the SFS in performances of The Moon Over Spring River and Mao Yuan’s Dance of the Yao People. The concert will be accompanied by unique video projections by video designer Adam Larsen, creating an immersive experience for the audience.
A free pre-concert Festival Reception is open to all ticket holders beginning at 4:00pm in the Davies Symphony Hall lobbies. Entertainment and activities include lion dancing, Chinese calligraphy, “lucky” red envelopes, complimentary sweet and savory bites, wine and tea bars, musical performances by Melody of China, and a special appearance by LiLou the Pig—San Francisco’s very own and first-ever therapy pig.
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