Monday, February 13, 2012

NY Social Diary: Year of the Dragon

Year of the Dragon
January 27, 2012

Traditional Dragon Dance on the Josie Robertson Plaza at the New York Philharmonic's first-ever Chinese New Year Gala concert. Photo Credit: Chris Lee.

This past Tuesday night, the New York Philharmonic hosted its first-ever Chinese New Year Gala concert. 390 guests attended the event and over $1 million was raised for the Philharmonic.

The evening celebrated the Year of the Dragon with a program of Chinese and western orchestral music. The performance was led by Long Yu in his Philharmonic conducting debut, and featured pianist Lang Lang and Philharmonic Principal Oboe Liang Wang, as well as bamboo flutist Junqiao Tang and the Quintessenso Mongolian Children’s Choir, also making their Philharmonic debuts.

A special Dragon Dance took place on the Josie Robertson Plaza preceding the concert and inside Avery Fisher Hall throughout the evening. Arranged by Nai-Ni Chen in collaboration with Sifu Henry Lee for the occasion, the dance was performed by the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company and members of its youth program, accompanied by live percussion music by Mr. Lee.

Philharmonic President and Executive Director Zarin Mehta watches as Lang Lang feeds the Chinese dragon on the Josie Robetson Plaza. Photo Credit: Chris Lee.

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company. Photo Credit: Lindsey Lindekins.

Gala Co-Chairmen. Photo Credit: Lindsey Lindekins.

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