Last night my girlfriend and I celebrated the (Chinese) New Year at the SF symphony. No, Metallica wasn't there! Amy Tan read from her children's story "The Chinese Siamese Cat." The music was composed by Nathan Wang, and featured Jiebing Chen on erhu, Zhiming Han on yangquin and dizi, and Cynthia Hsinmei Hsiang on zheng. We also heard Nathan Wang's "Overture to On Golden Mountain" and Chen Gang and He Zhanhao's "The Butterfly Lovers Concerto" again featuring Jiebing on erhu. There was another reading by Amy Tan from "The Joy Luck Club" with Rachel Portman's score. What a tremendous night! Hearing the butterfly harp as accompanied by the Chinese violin was amazing. What awesome virtuosoes. It's unbelievable the soul that Jiebing can play from a two-stringed instrument! Getting to hear to string basses along with cellos, violas, and violins is absolutely amazing. I must learn URB, I must learn URB, I must learn URB, I must learn URB. All in all, it was a wonderful night. It's always magnificent to go to the symphony; however, when you can celebrate eastern instrumentation and folklore in addition to your standard symphony, it's an awesome experience. The night began with a local kung fu school demonstrating their dragon dances. It was a great night!