Tina Do, Beatrice Hom, Yongjia Litz, Annie Wong, Rosalyn Chen, Stella Phan
San Francisco Symphony welcomed the Year of the Ram at its 15th Annual Lunar New Year Concert and Celebration in Davies Symphony Hall and in City Hall on February 21, 2015. The celebrations, chaired by Iris Chan, began with an afternoon festival and reception for all ticket holders, with family-friendly entertainment and activities including arts and crafts, lion dancing, and Chinese calligraphy, complimentary food, desserts and tea bars. The concert began with a dragon dance at 3:00pm and featured orchestral works influenced by both Eastern and Western musical traditions, conducted by Mei-Ann Chen.
Scenes from the San Francisco Symphony 15th Annual Lunar New Year Concert and Imperial Dinner:
Samantha Seto, Melanie Seto, David Seto, Sharon Seto, Marissa Seto
An Chen, France Szeto
Jason Lim, Judy Ly
Dragon Dance by Loong Mah Sing See Wui dance ensemble
Su Cheng played the guzheng with San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Iris Chan, Ed Lee, Anita Lee, Margaret Liu Collins
Mindy Sun, Jason Sun, Peter Sun
Lillian Phan, Marybeth La Motte and Joanna Hidalgo
The Imperial Dinner at City Hall follows the Festival Reception and Concert at Davies Symphony Hall
Photos by Moanalani Jeffrey Photography
After the concert, some 500 guests attended an elegant Lunar New Year Imperial Dinner, chaired by An Chen. Dragon dancers appeared once again, this time on the grand staircase at City Hall. All proceeds benefit the Orchestra’s myriad community outreach and education programs, which provide music education to more than 75,000 Bay Area school children each year.
— Related: Red Carpet Bay Area coverage of more San Francisco Symphony Chinese New Year events