SF Symphony Chinese New Year of the Boar Gala

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – February 16 – London Breed and Gorretti Lui attend SF Symphony Chinese New Year 2019 on February 16th 2019 at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, CA (Photo – Devlin Shand for Drew Altizer Photography)

SF Symphony has welcomed The Year of The Boar with outstanding performance by Angelo Xiang YU and Red Chamber under watchful eye of conductor Mei-Ann Chen. The conductor has been the recipients of numerous awards that place her in most accomplished in her field.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – February 16 – Angelo Xiang Yu, Sherry Chen and John Chen attend SF Symphony Chinese New Year 2019 on February 16th 2019 at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, CA (Photo – Devlin Shand for Drew Altizer Photography)

The music chosen for this occasion was meaningful in development of fusion between Chinese traditional folk classic tune and the western modern sounds and rhythms. Jasmine Flower dates back to Qing Dynasty and was adapted for use in Crouching Tiger and Hidden Dragon films. Intense with emotions of relationship and longing of love filled the atmosphere among the audience.

Back screen visuals created by Adam Larsen for the occasion provided added imagination to the experience at hand, especially to attending children in the audience.

The big surprise was debut of Red Chamber played by Mei Han, Guilian Liu and Zhimin Yu.

They turned as old as 2500 old instrument to perform with vigor of rock and roll concert. This performance ended with an encore and standing ovation. Absolutely engaging and inspiring to look at how instruments from so long ago- zither,pipa and ruan can adapt to modern times again and again thanks to love for classic music and respect for the past.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – February 16 – SF Symphony Orchestra attends SF Symphony Chinese New Year 2019 on February 16th 2019 at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, CA (Photo – Andrew Caulfield for Drew Altizer Photography)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – February 16 – Atmosphere at SF Symphony Chinese New Year 2019 on February 16th 2019 at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, CA (Photo – Andrew Caulfield for Drew Altizer Photography)