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Lunar New Year Celebration

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Chinese New Year
Location: Avery Fisher Hall (Directions)
Price Range: $35.00 - $75.00

Concert Duration

1 hour 30 minutes
Tue, Feb, 12, 2013
7:30 PM

Don't miss a special Dragon Dance before the live performance outside Avery Fisher Hall at 5:00 PM featuring the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, accompanied by live percussion music. Celebrate the Year of the Snake with this festive evening of Chinese music and dance.

Join us for the Chinese New Year Gala, which includes a pre-concert reception, concert, and post-concert dinner.

Articles from Playbill:
The Philharmonics's Residency in Shanghai
Enter the Dragon: the Philharmonic Celebrates Chinese New Year

The 2014-15 Season

Program (Click the red play button to listen)


Spring Festival Overture


“Der Einsame im Herbst” from Das Lied von der Erde


“Imitation of Old Poem: Long Autumn Night” from The Song of the Earth (U.S. Premiere)


Er Huang


The Drunken Concubine


Selections with the Snow Lotus Trio



Long Yu by CAMI

Chinese conductor Long Yu is artistic director and chief conductor of the China Philharmonic Orchestra, which he co-founded in 2000; music director of the Shanghai and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras; founding artistic director of the Beijing Music Festival; and artistic co-director (with Charles Dutoit) of the MISA Festival, which brings classical music to the young people of Shanghai. Mr. Yu played a leading role in creating China’s first orchestral academy as a partnership between Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Conservatory, and the New York Philharmonic. He regularly appears with the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies, including the New York, Munich, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and Tokyo philharmonic orchestras; the Chicago, BBC, Sydney, and Singapore symphony orchestras; and the Orchestre de Paris, Hamburg Staatsoper, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro La Fenice, and Philadelphia Orchestra.

As a champion of new music, he has commissioned works from today’s most prestigious composers such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Philip Glass, John Corigliano, Guo Wenjing, and Ye Xiaogang. Mr. Yu led the China Philharmonic’s performance for Pope Benedict XIV, the first time in history a Chinese orchestra performed at the Vatican. A passionate supporter of cultural dialogue, Mr. Yu brought together top Asian musicians — including Myung-Whun Chung, Midori, Lang Lang, Yo-Yo Ma, and Ray Chen — for the 2010 Canton Asian Music Festival in connection with the XVI Asian Games in Guangzhou. The festival also featured a rare appearance of the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan in mainland China.

Deutsche Grammophon has released Mr. Yu’s recordings of Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture, Schoenberg’s orchestration of Brahms’s Piano Quartet in G minor, and a wide range of Chinese orchestral music including the Yellow River Concerto with Lang Lang. Long Yu’s recordings on Naxos include the Korngold and Goldmark Violin Concertos with Vera Tsu, as well as Ding Shande’s Long March Symphony.

Born in 1964 in Shanghai, he studied at the Shanghai Conservatory and the Hochschule der Kunst in Berlin. He is a Chevalier dans L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the recipient of the Montblanc Cultural Foundation’s 2002 Arts Patronage Award, and in 2005 the Republic of Italy honored him with the title of L’onorificenza di commendatore. Mr. Yu’s first appearance with the Philharmonic was during a New York Philharmonic Concert in the Park on the Great Lawn in 2010, and he first led the Orchestra in January 2012, when he conducted the inaugural Chinese New Year Concert, and, in February 2014, he is leading the Orchestra’s Chinese New Year Concert for the third time.

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Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock is a true icon of modern music. Throughout his explorations he has transcended limitations and genres while maintaining his unmistakable voice. In addition to being recognized as a legendary pianist and composer, Mr. Hancock has been an integral part of every jazz movement since the 1960s. As a member of the Miles Davis Quintet, he became one of the pioneers of the avant-garde sound. His recordings during the 1970s combined electric jazz with funk and rock sounds in an innovative style that continues to influence contemporary music. Rockit and Future Shock marked Mr. Hancock’s foray into electronic dance music and included several chart-topping hits; during the same period he continued to work in an acoustic setting with V.S.O.P., which included ex-Miles Davis band-mates Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams. Herbie Hancock received an Academy Award for his Round Midnight film score as well as 14 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for River: The Joni Letters and two 2011 Grammy Awards for his recently released globally collaborative CD, The Imagine Project. Many of his compositions — including Cantaloupe Island, Maiden Voyage, Watermelon Man, and Chameleon — are modern standards that have had a profound effect on all styles of modern music.

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Ying Huang

Ying Huang has appeared in operas at The Metropolitan Opera, Brussels' Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Royal Danish Opera, Cologne Opera House, and China National Center of Performing Arts. She has performed major roles in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute, and Don Giovanni; Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore; Verdi's Rigoletto and Falstaff; Massenet's Werther; and Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier. She became the first Chinese vocalist to star in an opera movie when she played Cio-Cio San in Frédéric Mitterrand's 1995 film of Puccini's Madame Butterfly. In December 2006 she starred in The Magic Flute at The Metropolitan Opera, the first in the globally broadcast "Met HD Live" series. In 2009 she was selected for the "Wall of Fame" in the Met's 125th Anniversary celebration.

Equally devoted to Chinese contemporary opera, Ms. Huang worked with Tan Dun to prepare the opera The First Emperor and starred in his Peony Pavilion, Guo Wenjing's The Poet Li Po, and others. In 2011 she played the title role in the premiere production of Zhou Long's Madame White Snake, which won the Pulitzer Prize.

On the concert stage, Ying Huang has appeared regularly with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and SWR Radio Orchestra. She has sung at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Goldener Saal in Vienna's Musikverein. Her festival engagements have included the Mostly Mozart Festival, Festival d'Automne à Paris, Vienna's Festwochen, Cincinnati Music Festival, Beijing International Music Festival, and Shanghai's Music in the Summer Air.

A recording artist for Sony Classical, Ying Huang has recorded Roger Waters's Ça Ira with Bryn Terfel and Paul Groves, arias with James Conlon and the London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Danielpour's Sonnets to Orpheus, and Bitter Love, a concise version of Peony Pavilion composed and conducted by Tan Dun.

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Jennifer Johnson Cano

A 2012 Richard Tucker Career Grant and Opera Index Winner and a 2011 Sara Tucker Study Grant Recipient, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano joined The Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera in 2008 and made her Met debut in 2009-10. As First Prize winner of the 2009 Young Concert Artist International Auditions, she was awarded the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and Princeton University Prizes, and has given acclaimed recital debuts at Merkin Concert Hall and the Kennedy Center, and in Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, and Chicago.

In addition to her continued relationship with The Metropolitan Opera, Ms. Cano has appeared with orchestras including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and Orchestra of St. Luke's. She toured with Musicians from Marlboro singing Respighi's Il Tramonto and Cuckson's Der gayst funem shture, recorded live and released by the Marlboro Recording Society. A live recording of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with tenor Paul Groves was released by The Orchestra of St. Luke's in September 2012, as was a DVD set devoted to Robert LePage's Ring cycle for The Metropolitan Opera in which Ms. Cano portrays the Rhinemaiden Wellgunde. Ms. Cano has been part of the Ravinia Festival's Steans Institute, and received a 2009 Sullivan Foundation Award. Jennifer Johnson Cano is particularly honored to have been invited to sing the Anderson/Weill standard "September Song" at the private funeral for American icon and astronaut Neil Armstrong at the request of Mrs. Carol Armstrong.

Ms. Cano is a native of St. Louis, Missouri, and earned her bachelor's degree in music from Webster University and her master's degree from Rice University. She appears with The New York Philharmonic for this concert courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera.

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The Snow Lotus Trio is an ethnic music ensemble consisting of three sisters from Aba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in China: Rhywosi-man, Hasi-man, and Kersi-man. The trio was created in 2002 and came to instant prominence following its debut with the China Film Philharmonic. Since then it has performed on the nation’s most prestigious stages and appeared in several China Central Television documentaries exploring China’s musical traditions. In 2007 the Snow Lotus Trio’s performance was the highlight of the closing ceremony of the Shanghai Special Olympics. The sisters bring the minority cultural heritage to the global stage with their compelling performances featuring traditional costumes, dancing, and singing as they blend the timelessness of the beautiful Tibetan countryside with a contemporary aesthetic. The Snow Lotus Trio’s unique style has attracted millions of fans across China and is generating growing recognition abroad.

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