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Lunar New Year

Feb 20

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with the NY Phil and stellar guest artists.

Clara-Jumi Kang is the soloist in Bruch’s beloved Violin Concerto No. 1, and Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals is brought to life by narrator Jamie Bernstein, featuring pianists Clayton Stephenson and Serena Wang. Hear the World Premiere of Lunar Overture, by film composer Elliot Leung, and selections from Zhou Tian’s Transcend, composed in 2019 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad.

Enhance your experience: Welcome the Year of the Dragon in style at our Lunar New Year Gala. Join us for a pre-concert reception, receive prime concert seating, and enjoy an elegant dinner with the artists on the Leon and Norma Hess Grand Promenade. Contact to support the Lunar New Year Gala.



7:00 PM




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Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall


Program Notes

Elliot Leung

Lunar Overture (World Premiere)


Violin Concerto No. 1


Zhou Tian

Selections from Transcend



Carnival of the Animals



  • Long Yu


    A prominent figure in China’s classical music scene, conductor and impresario Long Yu has devoted his career to steering China’s growing connection to classical music while familiarizing international audiences with some of the country’s most celebrated musicians and composers. Maestro Yu holds the top position in China’s leading orchestras, serving as artistic director of the China Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO), music director of Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (SSO), and principal guest conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. After 20 years, he recently stepped down as music director of Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra and is now honorary music director for life and chair of the artistic committee. He is co-director of Shanghai’s Music in the Summer Air festival and chair of the artistic committee of the Beijing Music Festival, an annual autumn event that he founded in 1998 and served as artistic director for 20 years. He is currently vice president of the China Musicians Association and chairman of its recently established League of China Orchestras.

    In the 2023–24 season Long Yu’s international guest engagements include The Philadelphia Orchestra and New York Philharmonic. At home he performs with renowned artists including pianist Stephen Hough, violinist Leonidas Kavakos, baritone Matthias Goerne, and soprano Olga Peretyatko, among others. In November 2023 he led the world premiere of Émigré — composed by Aaron Zigman and lyrics by Mark Campbell and Brock Walsh — with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (SSO); he also leads the work’s US premiere with the New York Philharmonic, which co-commissioned the work with the SSO.

    In 2014 he led the CPO at London’s BBC Proms, marking the festival’s first orchestral performance by a Chinese ensemble. He also founded the Shanghai Orchestra Academy —  China’s first postgraduate training program for orchestral musicians — in partnership with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and New York Philharmonic, which he serves as an honorary member of the International Advisory Board. In 2016 he launched the biennial Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition.

    Long Yu’s honors include the Global Citizen Award from the Atlantic Council, Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Samuel Simons Sanford Award from the Yale School of Music, a Chevalier dans L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, L’onorificenza di Commendatore dell’Ordine al Merito from the Italian government, and being elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    Learn more about Long Yu
  • Jamie Bernstein


    Jamie Bernstein is a writer, narrator, broadcaster, and filmmaker who has transformed a lifetime of loving music into a career of sharing her knowledge and excitement with others. Inspired by her father, Leonard Bernstein, and his lifelong impulse to share and teach, she has devised multiple ways of communicating her own excitement about orchestral music. Beginning 15 years ago with The Bernstein Beat — a family concert about her father’s music modeled after his own groundbreaking Young People’s Concerts with the New York Philharmonic — she designed, wrote, and narrated concerts for worldwide audiences of all ages about the music of Mozart, Copland, Stravinsky, and many others. In Spanish-speaking locations such as Madrid, Havana, and Caracas, she narrates in Spanish thanks to her Chilean-born mother, Felicia Montealegre, who raised her children to be bilingual.

    Learn more about Jamie Bernstein
  • Clara-Jumi Kang


    Violinist Clara-Jumi Kang has received numerous accolades since winning First Prize at the Indianapolis International Violin Competition (2010), Sendai Violin Competition (2010), and Seoul Violin Competition (2009). Her recent cycle of Beethoven’s violin sonatas, with pianist Sunwook Kim and released on Accentus, received outstanding reviews.

    Learn more about Clara-Jumi Kang
  • Clayton Stephenson


    American pianist Clayton Stephenson’s love for music is immediately apparent in his joyous charisma onstage, expressive power, and natural ease at the instrument. He grew up in New York City, and credits the generous support of community programs with providing him musical inspiration and resources along the way — from Third Street Music School, Morningside Music Bridge, and Boy’s Club of New York to Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program and its Pre-College program, to the Lang Lang International Music Foundation. Now, his commitment to making an impact on the world through his music-making helps define his artistic vision.

    Learn more about Clayton Stephenson
  • Serena Wang


    Serena Wang, born in 2004, has appeared with ensembles including the China Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Shanghai Symphony, and Vancouver Symphony orchestras. She has worked with eminent conductors including Zubin Mehta, Long Yu, and Charles Dutoit, and performed in Russia, Finland, Italy, Switzerland, Israel, United States, Singapore, Japan, mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.

    Learn more about Serena Wang

Special Thanks

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


Major support for this concert is provided by Angela Chen.

Support for Clara-Jumi Kang’s appearance is provided by the Misook Doolittle Korean Artist Fund.


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