Melanie Seto, Sharon Seto and Samantha Seto at San Francisco Symphony’s Chinese New Year Concert, February 2014
Debbi DiMaggio and Margaret Liu Collins
Anita Lee, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, San Francisco Symphony’s 14th Annual Chinese New Year event chair Mindy Sun and Peter Sun at Davies Symphony Hall for San Francisco Symphony’s Chinese New Year Concert
San Francisco Symphony’s lunar celebration concert opened with the popular Chinese Dragon Dance
Lan Shui, music director for Singapore Symphony Orchestra, chief conductor for Copenhagen Philharmonic and artistic advisor for the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, made his debut with San Francisco Symphony, at the 14th annual Chinese New Year Concert, on February 8, 2014. The Lunar New Year celebration welcomed the Year of the Horse and attracted a capacity audience of some 2,700. The festivities began at 3 pm in Davies Symphony Hall with pre-concert family activities including arts and crafts, calligraphy, lion dancing and magic shows for children. A post-concert Imperial Dinner for 300 followed, at City Hall.
The concert program opened with the popular Chinese Dragon Dance and included traditional Asian works such as Colorful Clouds Chasing Moon and Good News from Beijing Reaches Border Villages along with Johann Strauss Jr.‘s Voices of Spring Waltz. Violinist and former San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra concertmaster Alina Ming Kobialka joined the orchestra in the traditional work Ambush on All Sides as well as Waxman‘s Carmen Fantasy. Pianist David Fung also made his San Francisco Symphony debut in Qigang Chen‘s piano concerto Er Huang.
Scenes from the Imperial Dinner:
Dino Chen and Liana Yung
Maggie Hazelrig and Ted Hazelrig at San Francisco Symphony’s Chinese New Year Celebration
Matthew Baier, Guissu Raafat, Catherine Kwong and Brian Wong at City Hall for the Imperial Dinner
Photos by Moanalani Jeffrey Photography
— Related: Red Carpet Bay Area coverage of more San Francisco Symphony Chinese New Year events