This concert marked the New York Philharmonic's second-annual Chinese New Year celebrations, heralding the Year of the Snake with a gala concert spotlighting connections between Eastern and Western cultures. This new Philharmonic tradition honors both the Chinese-American community and the cultural heritages of China and America.
Returning to the Philharmonic to lead the performance is Long Yu, artistic director and chief conductor of the China Philharmonic, music director of the Shanghai and Guanzhou Symphony Orchestras, and artistic director of the Beijing Music Festival. Snow Lotus Trio, a folk ensemble from the mountains of China, will join forces with the Philharmonic to showcase Chinese folk music traditions. The webcast will conclude with a special encore performance of Sun Yi-Qian's Spring Dance by pianist Lang Lang, which he performed in the inaugural Chinese New Year concert in January 2012.
This performance was first broadcast on medici.tv on the 16th of February 2013, and then again during the I love New York Philharmonic festival on October 30.
Benoît Dunoyer de Segonzac (bass) - André Arpino (drums)
Berliner Philharmoniker, Waldbühne 2000