Friday, February 10, 2017
Lunar New Year Celebration at the SF Symphony
This past weekend I attended the Lunar New Year celebration at the San Francisco Symphony. There was an anti-Trump/no wall protest going on at Civic Center that afternoon, so it was an interesting mix of emotions in the streets. The Lunar Celebration was festive with plenty of opportunities to take pictures with a giant laughing Buddha, colorful dragons and beauty queens. Many were dressed in red, some were dressed in Chinese silk outfits. I think I was the only person there who looked like I was at a business meeting. Mei-Ann Chen was the conductor. She was funny, lively, and perfect for the captive audience eager to learn more about Eastern cultures. San Francisco native, Amos Yang, beautifully played the cello. Tang Jun Qian, also known for her work in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, played the dizi, a traditional bamboo flute. Overall, the performance was fun and interactive with dancing dragons and opportunities to sing along to gong xi gong xi.