New York Philharmonic Celebrates Chinese New Year

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The New York Philharmonic will celebrate the Year of the Dragon by performing Chinese music with pianist Lang Lang, special guest choir Quintessenso and the conductor Long Yu.

The program includes composer Bao Yuankai's China Air Suite, Li Huanzhi's Spring Festival Overture and Extase for oboe and orchestra by composer Chen Qigang, who composed the Beijing Olympic Games theme song, You and Me.

The Mongolian children's choir will don traditional attire and sing folk songs. The program will also feature flutist Tang Junqiao, playing bamboo flute. Lang Lang will bring his customary dazzle to Liszt's Piano Concerto No 1.

Yu is the most active and powerful conductor in China, being the music director of the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra.