Chinese New Year With the San Francisco Symphony

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Photo Credit:  Moanalani Jeffrey Photography

Welcome to the year of the Snake: 2013.  Chinese New Year was celebrated with a range of colorful cultural events around the San Francisco, which concluded this past weekend. The San Francisco Symphony rang in the Year of the Snake with its Annual Lunar New Year Concert and Celebration in Davies Symphony Hall on Saturday, February 2.

Family-friendly pre-concert festivities opened the evening in the Symphony Hall Lobbies.  Events included children’s arts and crafts, acrobats, face painting and musical performances.

Following the pre-concert fun, guests enjoyed the Symphony concert program featuring conductor Mei-Ann Chen and erhu player George Gao, in a program that consisted entirely of Asian and Asian-American composers.

The grand finale of the evening was the Lunar New Year Cocktail Hour and Imperial Dinner in the Grand Rotunda of City Hall, chaired by Mindy Sun. During the cocktail hour, guests were treated to a surprise dance performance on the steps of the Grand Rotunda by dancers from the Chinese Performing Arts Association.

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