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Voices of the Lunar New Year

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All weekend long, WQXR celebrates the Lunar New Year. Several people contributed their memories and traditions for this, the Year of the Snake.

Grace Young

Grace Young is a Chef and Cookbook Author of The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen. She has devoted much of her career to demystifying the art of stir-frying and celebrating the traditions of wok cookery.  Her aim "is to preserve this culinary treasure for the benefit of appreciative appetites everywhere."

Listen to some of Grace's favorite culinary traditions:

Jenny Lin

Jenny Lin is one of the most respected young pianists today, admired for her adventurous programming and charismatic stage presence. Her ability to combine classical and contemporary literature has brought her to the attention of international critics and audiences.

Listen to Jenny share some childhood memories of the Lunar New Year:

Helen Yee

Helen Yee is a violinist, multi-instrumentalist, composer with experience in a broad range of styles. She is currently violinist for the eclectic string trio, Trio Tritticali and performs on yangqin, a Chinese hammer dulcimer, with Music From China.

Listen to Helen share her thoughts on the yangqin, a Chinese hammer dulcimer:

Julie Tay

Julie Tay is the Vice President & Executive Director of Mencius Society for the Arts. She plays the yangqin, a Chinese hammered dulcimer, and performs as a founding member of the EastRiver Ensemble.

Listen to Julie share some auspicious phrases and good sayings for the New Year:

Photos by: Stephen Kahn

Wu Man

Wu Man is an internationally renowned pipa virtuoso, cited by the Los Angeles Times as 'the artist most responsible for bringing the pipa to the Western World.'

Listen to Wu describe the sound of the Pipa:

Liang Wang

Liang Wang is the principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic

Listen to Liang share some favorite family memories from Chinese New Year:

Dana Leong

Composer, cellist and trombonist Dana Leong fuses jazz, classical and pop to create a signature boundless sound. Often referred to as a "hi-def Yo-Yo Ma," Dana’s pioneering collage of musical styles has garnered critical acclaim and wowed audiences around the world.

Listen to Dana share his Top 5 Asian Restaurants in New York City: