NJSO: Chinese New Year Celebration

XIAN ZHANG conductor
MIN KWON piano
ERIC WYRICK violin
JONATHAN SPITZ cello
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

LI HUANZHI Spring Festival Overture (NJSO premiere)
TAN DUN The Triple Resurrection (NJSO premiere)
BEETHOVEN Choral Fantasy
Opera Choruses and Traditional Chinese Songs

Start a new tradition at the NJSO’s first-ever Chinese New Year celebration, conducted by Xian Zhang. Whether you live in Newark or hail from its Chinese sister city, Xuzhou, you have a seat amongst the family of music lovers at the NJSO!

Musical riches abound in this program that blends Eastern and Western musical traditions. Start with Li Huanzhi’s Spring Festival Overture, beloved in China yet almost reminiscent of Copland’s America. Songs and arias from opera and traditional Chinese culture show that music bridges all cultures. Finally, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with a special young soloist brings all elements of this sumptuously crafted program together in a joyful conclusion!

XIAN’S MEMORIES OF CHINESE NEW YEAR
When I think about the Chinese New Year, these memories always come to me: large family gatherings, the aroma of delicious food, fireworks at midnight (dangerously fun for kids) and above all, the joy of simply being together at this special time of the year. Ever since I came to the United States, I have celebrated Chinese New Year less and less often. But in my heart, just like for many people who grew up in a foreign country, the nostalgia is always there, the longing of the old times will never go away. It’s important to me that my own boys and kids like them get their chance to know what Chinese New Year is like. At the start of the most fortunate “Pig” year, I look forward to seeing our community coming together and celebrating with the NJSO.

SAVE THE DATE! The Year of the Pig—when the joy of living and pleasure are the order of the day! Delight in a happy celebration of the Year of the Pig in special pre- and post-concert festivities. Details announced in the fall.

This concert and celebration are generously supported in part by an anonymous donor in honor of Music Director Xian Zhang.

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