Public Relations Department
San Francisco Symphony
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / JANUARY 9, 2017
(Photos of Mei-Ann Chen, Tang Jun Qiao, and the SFS’s Lunar New Year festivities can be viewed and downloaded here)
THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY PRESENTS LUNAR NEW YEAR CONCERT & CELEBRATION SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4 AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL
Mei-Ann Chen leads the San Francisco Symphony in music from Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean traditions
Special guest Tang Jun Qiao performs selections on the Chinese dizi
Free Festival Reception with lion dancers, arts and crafts, and refreshments precedes concert
Elegant Imperial Dinner held after concert
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, January 9, 2017 – The San Francisco Symphony (SFS) welcomes the Year of the Rooster with a Lunar New Year concert and celebration on Saturday, February 4 at Davies Symphony Hall. Conductor Mei-Ann Chen leads the SFS in a concert with special guest soloist Tang Jun Qiao performing the dizi, a Chinese bamboo flute. All ticketholders are invited to a free Festival Reception beginning at 3:00pm in the Davies Symphony Hall lobbies with family-friendly entertainment and activities including arts and crafts, lion dancing, games, complimentary food, desserts, and tea bars.
The 4:00pm concert opens with the popular neon dragon dance and features a combination of traditional folk music, alongside orchestral works by Asian composers, and nods to the Year of the Rooster. Concert highlights include “Raise the Red Lantern” and “Plum Blossom Variations” performed on dizi by Tang Jun Qiao with the San Francisco Symphony; SFS cellist Amos Yang performing selections from Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations; and a celebration of the year of the rooster with selections from Rimsky-Korsakov’s Le Coq d’or [The Golden Cockerel] Suite.
The elegant Lunar New Year Imperial Dinner, inspired by the rich visual pageantry of traditional Lunar New Year celebrations, is at 6:00pm in Zellerbach Rehearsal Hall, located at 300 Franklin Street at the rear of Davies Symphony Hall. Dinner packages that include access to the Festival Reception, premiere concert seating, and the Imperial Dinner are sold separately. All proceeds benefit the Symphony’s myriad of community outreach and education programs, which provide music education to more than 75,000 Bay Area school children each year. The Lunar New Year Celebration, chaired by Patricia Lee-Hoffmann, is made possible through the generous support of Flutter Eyewear and is presented in partnership with the San Francisco Arts Commission. The Imperial Dinner is catered by McCalls and is designed by Blueprint Studios.
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