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Bank of China U.S.A. proudly sponsors the inaugural Chinese New Year symphonic celebration presented by the Chicago Philharmonic


This month, the Bank of China U.S.A. proudly sponsored the inaugural Chinese New Year symphonic celebration presented by the Chicago Philharmonic in partnership with the Consulate General of China in Chicago. The event showcased an unforgettable musical experience celebrating the Year of the Dragon.

The full orchestra concert featured mesmerizing performances, including the Butterfly Lovers Concerto for orchestra and pipa with virtuoso Yang Wei, Tan Dun’s Crouching Tiger Cello Concerto with Chicago Philharmonic principal cellist Mara McClain, and selections from the Spring Festival Suite by Chinese composer Li Huanzi.

Special thanks to our fellow sponsors: Chicago Sister Cities International, Huang & Hu PC, and the China General Chamber of Commerce Chicago. Mr. Libo Sun, the Bank of China U.S.A.’s Chicago Branch Manager, reflects on the pride of sponsoring this concert, symbolizing a commitment to strengthening both economic and cultural bonds between the U.S. and China.

Artistic Director & Principal Conductor Scott Speck expressed his gratitude for the partnership. "Chicago’s Chinese community has enriched this city ten thousandfold. It was a joy to pay homage to Chinese artistry in a concert for all, especially in celebration of the Lunar New Year."

Consul General Zhao Jian of the People's Republic of China in Chicago shared his perspective: "Music has the power to transcend borders, connecting people from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and building bridges for spiritual communication between individuals."

Feng Xue, Chicago Philharmonic Board Director and Chicago Sister Cities International China Committee Co-Chair, reflected on the importance of this symphonic celebration of Chinese culture. "Making the concert free was another crucial step to including as many community members as possible."

The event was a significant step in celebrating the rich culture of Chicago’s Chinese community, as noted by Feng Xue. The concert was free, and registration was required. The community embraced friendship and togetherness during this Year of the Dragon through strength, growth, peace, and prosperity.

We continue to reflect on this cultural celebration, bridging borders through the power of music.