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March 1, 2018IM -
The New York Philharmonic’s annual Lunar New Year Concert and Gala, led by Long Wu, featured Local 802 (New York City) violin soloist Elizabeth Zeltser, Local 802 percussion soloist David Cossin, and championship ping-pong players Ariel Hsing and Michael Landers. A performance of Andy Akiho’s concerto Ricochet, brought a ping pong table to the stage at David Geffen Hall for the first time. The piece required the ping pong players to hit the ball back and forth with unusual objects, and play in precise rhythm with the orchestra.
A portion of the event’s proceeds will fund Philharmonic Schools activities at P.S. 120, attended by many Asian American and Asian immigrant children. New York Philharmonic musicians are members of Local 802.