Lunar New Year Celebration Gala
Sat, Jan 25, 2020
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
One Center Street, Newark, NJ
Ann Borowiec and Norman Slonaker, Co-Chairs of the Board
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Board of Trustees
Gabriel van Aalst, President & CEO
The Ruth C. and A. Michael Lipper NJSO President & CEO Chair
Margaret Lam & David Yen
Shau-wai & Marie Lam
Wendy Yun Chen
Ruth C. Lipper
Rebecca Shen & Dennis Chu
Stephen Sichak Jr.
In loving memory of Josephine Ho, who dedicated her life to the community with kindness and compassion.
February 5, 1953–November 22, 2019
On January 25, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra held its Lunar New Year Celebration Gala. More than 1,500 concertgoers and 200 dinner guests celebrated the Year of the Rat! Attendees enjoyed a pre-concert festival with crafters and a variety of musical performances, held under the festive Lunar New Year décor and vibrant lights in the extraordinary Prudential Hall lobby of NJPAC.
Immediately following the concert, gala guests enjoyed an elegant dinner in the Chase Room with lush floral rock garden centerpieces. The evening’s dinner attendees were treated to a musical performance by Ma Lang playing the Zheng, a traditional Chinese string instrument. Lang performed a Chinese classical piece called Autumn Night Thoughts, which was a beautiful and captivating selection.
The NJSO would like to thank all of those who attended and supported the Lunar New Year Celebration Gala. Their contributions have been essential to the success of this fine performing organization, and are we are grateful to have raised a significant amount from the event, which contributes to the NJSO community and education programs throughout New Jersey.
This concert and celebration were generously sponsored in part by an anonymous donor in honor of Music Director Xian Zhang.
Thank you to the following donors, whose very generous support has made the NJSO’s celebration possible.
Margaret Lam & David Yen
Ruth & Michael Lipper
Gregory & Jacqueline Khost
Elin H. Mueller
Dr. Philip & Ellen Neches
Yin Long & Andrew Pu
Scott Shi & Qiong Chen
Diane Young & Phil Crowley
Ann & Stanley Borowiec
Donald Brief & Dottie Litwin Brief
Thomas & Maryann Comiskey
Dr. Sue Henderson
Jonathan & Nathalie Kaledin
Kent & Jean Papsun
Marcia Sass & Mark Fulcomer
Rebecca Shen, Dennis Chu
and Eastern Cultural Exchange Association
Harold & Carol Shichman
Mary Jo & Stephen Sichak Jr.
Edward & Barbara Zinbarg
Commitments as of January 25, 2020
Read program notes from the Lunar New Year Celebration concert.