Press Release

Thursday, December 05, 2019


Adam Crane, Vice President, External Affairs
(212) 671-4990;

Deirdre Roddin, Associate Director, Public Relations
(212) 875-5701;

Jen Luzzo, Manager, Public Relations
(212) 875-5707;

For Immediate Release

Lunar New Year Concert, Conducted by Long Yu, Jan 28

Conducted by LONG YU

CHEN Gang and HE Zhanhao’s The Butterfly Lovers, Violin Concerto, with GIL SHAHAM
GERSHWIN’s Rhapsody in Blue with HAOCHEN ZHANG

January 28, 2020

The New York Philharmonic will celebrate the Lunar New Year, welcoming the Year of the Rat with a Concert and Gala on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. Long Yu will return to conduct the US Premiere of Zhou Tian’s Gift; the New York Premiere of Texu Kim’s Spin-Flip; Chen Gang and He Zhanhao’s The Butterfly Lovers, Violin Concerto, with Gil Shaham as soloist; and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, with pianist Haochen Zhang in his Philharmonic debut. The New York Philharmonic has welcomed the Lunar New Year with an annual celebration since 2012.

Chinese American composer Zhou Tian’s Gift, written for Long Yu and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, reflects “my own musical identity after 18 years of living abroad.” Korean composer Texu Kim shares his name with a famous Korean table tennis player; Spin-Flip — the title of which alludes to both astrophysical phenomena and table tennis techniques — “conveys the driving energy of a (good) Ping-Pong match … its alternating harmonic pattern and somewhat random form reflect the alternation of service and unpredictable result, respectively.”

American violinist Gil Shaham recorded The Butterfly Lovers, which reflects both Chinese and Western traditions and was banned during the Cultural Revolution, with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in 2007. Shanghai-born pianist Haochen Zhang — Gold Medalist of the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and recipient of a 2017 Avery Fisher Career Grant — studied with Gary Graffman, who was the soloist for the New York Philharmonic’s performance of Rhapsody in Blue on the soundtrack of Woody Allen’s Manhattan.

Gala events will include a pre-concert champagne reception from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; the concert; and a seated dinner immediately following the performance. Gala dress will be traditional Asian attire or black tie. Starr International Foundation is the Presenting Sponsor of the Lunar New Year Gala. The Honorary Gala Chairs are Mr. and Mrs. Maurice R. Greenberg. The Gala Co-Chairs are Angela Chen, Misook and Harry Doolittle, He Mei, Ling Tian, Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar L. Tang, Sharon Wee and Tracy Fu, and Shirley Young.

Long Yu, Gil Shaham, Haochen Zhang, New York Philharmonic

Single tickets start at $45 (ticket prices subject to change).

Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (212) 875-5656, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. Tickets may also be purchased at the David Geffen Hall Box Office. The Box Office opens at 10:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and at noon on Sunday. On performance evenings, the Box Office closes one-half hour after performance time; other evenings it closes at 6:00 p.m.

For press tickets, contact Lanore Carr at (212) 875-5714 or

For information about purchasing tables or tickets to the Gala (including pre-concert reception, concert, and post-concert dinner with the artists), please contact the Office of Special Events at

Event Listing

Lunar New Year

New York Philharmonic

David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center

Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Long Yu, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin
Haochen Zhang*, piano

ZHOU Tian Gift (US Premiere)
CHEN Gang and HE Zhanhao The Butterfly Lovers, Violin Concerto
Texu KIM Spin-Flip (New York Premiere)
GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue, for Piano and Orchestra

* New York Philharmonic debut


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Starr International Foundation is the Presenting Sponsor of the Lunar New Year Gala.

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Citi. Preferred Card of the New York Philharmonic.

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Programs are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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