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Lunar New Year

Feb 08

This concert is a Special Event of the 2021–22 season.

Celebrate the Lunar New Year — and welcome the Year of the Tiger — with the New York Philharmonic.

Violinist Stella Chen joins the Orchestra in Bizet’s Carmen Fantasie and Ma Sicong’s Nostalgia, and Hera Hyesang sings songs by Dvořák, Cho Doo-nam, and Lim Geung-soo. Earl Lee conducts audience favorites by Berlioz and Dukas, as well as Li Huanzhi’s Spring Festival Overture.

Enhance your experience by attending the entire Gala evening, including a pre-concert reception and a post-concert seated dinner with the artists. The Gala is a fundraising event for the New York Philharmonic. To purchase Gala tables or tickets, please contact


Lunar New Year


7:30 PM




There is limited availability to the 2021–22 season and tickets are going fast. Buy today for the best available seating.


Alice Tully Hall


1 Hour & 15 Minutes
No Intermission


Li Huanzhi

Spring Festival Overture


Bizet / Arr. F. Waxman

Carmen Fantasie for Violin and Orchestra

Ma Sicong / Arr. Li Z.

Nostalgia, for Violin and Orchestra


Le Corsaire Overture



Song to the Moon from Rusalka

Traditional / Arr. D. Cho

The Bird Song

Geung-soo Lim

As spring comes across the river


The Sorcerer’s Apprentice



  • Earl Lee


    Earl Lee — a 2021 Solti Foundation U.S Career Assistance Award recipient who was recently appointed assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra — is a renowned Korean-born Canadian performer who has captivated audiences worldwide. His passion for music is reflected in his diverse career as both a conductor and cellist. His recent and upcoming engagements include not only his New York Philharmonic, debut, but also the San Francisco Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, New Japan Philharmonic, Gangnam Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Winnipeg Symphony, Baton Rouge Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, and others. He recently concluded his position as the associate conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony, where he led various concerts and its programming. He also served as the resident conductor of the Toronto Symphony from 2015 to 2018.

    In all of his professional activities, Lee seeks out ways to connect with fellow musicians and audiences on a personal level. His concerts to date in Canada, the US, China, and South Korea have often been accompanied by outreach events held beyond the concert hall, in the community at large. He mentored young musicians as former artistic director and conductor of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, and as music director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra.

    As a cellist, Lee has performed at festivals such as the Marlboro Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, Caramoor Rising Stars, and Ravinia’s Steans Institute, and has toured with Gary Burton and Chick Corea as a guest member of the Harlem String Quartet and Musicians from Marlboro. He is currently a member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), a conductor-less chamber ensemble.

    Earl Lee holds degrees in cello, from the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, and in conducting, from Manhattan School of Music and the New England Conservatory. The New York resident was the recipient of the 50th Anniversary Heinz Unger Award from the Ontario Arts Council in 2018 and was awarded a Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Scholarship by Kurt Masur, and the Ansbacher Fellowship by the American Austrian Foundation and members of the Vienna Philharmonic.



    Learn more about Earl Lee
  • Stella Chen


    American violinist Stella Chen garnered worldwide attention with her first-prize win at the 2019 Queen Elizabeth International Violin Competition, followed in 2020 by the Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award. Following debuts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in the summer of 2021, in the 2021–22 season she makes her recital debut at Carnegie Hall and concerto debuts at the Vienna Musikverein and Berlin Philharmonie, and appears throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. In addition to performing with the New York Philharmonic, Kremerata Baltica, German State Philharmonic, and New Japan Philharmonic, she appears frequently with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center both in New York and on tour.

    Learn more about Stella Chen
  • Hera Hyesang Park


    South Korean soprano Hera Hyesang Park has attracted the attention of opera houses and concert presenters worldwide. She began the 2021–22 season with Marina Abramovich’s Seven Deaths of Maria Callas at Opéra de Paris, followed by singing Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at Toronto’s Canadian Opera. She continues her connection to The Metropolitan Opera as Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and makes her Berlin Staatsoper debut as Adina in Donizetti’s Elixir of Love. In the summer of 2022 she will return to Glyndebourne as Susanna in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. In addition to her opera engagements, Ms. Park can be heard in concerts in Korea and Prague.

Special Thanks

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


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