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Written by Catherine Bigelow | Photography by Drew Altizer

The Year of the Tiger arrived this year atop subdued paws and little pounce. As the third animal in the Chinese zodiac cycle, tigers represent bravery, courage, resilience and strength. And, hooboy, we all definitely need to channel those traits into our lives.

On February 5, the San Francisco Symphony summoned that tiger spirit with its 22nd Lunar New Year concert at Davies Symphony Hall, sponsored by Patricia Lee-Hoffmann and her husband, Steven Hoffmann. Starring conductor Yue Bao in her directorial debut with the symphony orchestra, the program featured folk music by Asian composers and musicians, including violinist Bomsori and SFS assistant principal cello Amos Yang. All proceeds benefited the symphony’s myriad artistic, community and free education programs.

Following a video that addressed the recent spate of Asian hate crimes — with cameos by luminaries such as Vice President Kamala Harris, author Amy Tan and artist Chanel Miller — guests headed home with Zenni Optical gift pouches that included lucky red envelopes.

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