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San Francisco Symphony Ushers in Chinese New Year With Glitzy Gala

As legend has it: among the Chinese Zodiac’s 12 animals, the pig comes last because it was the final one to arrive to a party thrown by the Jade Emperor — lazy sauntering being a characteristic trait of the animal. The folktale was perhaps less fitting this past Saturday, as the San Francisco Symphony rang in the Year of the Pig on time and with a lively Chinese New Year Celebration event at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. The annual gala featured a slate of concert performances led by conductor Mei-Ann Chen, followed by a postshow dinner.
But the evening began with a pre-reception of food, drink and festivities. Outside, lion dancers kicked off the celebration as red envelopes, a Chinese New Year staple, were handed out at the entrance. Attendees squeezed past one another in the packed main outer rim, where strings of large red paper lanterns hung from the hall’s panel of floor-to-ceiling windows. Members from the chamber ensemble Melody of China performed traditional Chinese folk music, while artists with the San Francisco Arts Commission wrote Chinese calligraphy on spring couplets for guests.
On the second floor, a young girl turned to her friend and exclaimed, “Oh my God! There’s an actual pig!”

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