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    New York Philharmonic to Feature Pingpong Rhythms

    It’s the music of the little plastic spheres. To celebrate today’s Lunar New Year, New York City’s famous orchestra, led by Chinese conductor Long Yu, will debut an unusual instrument: pingpong balls, played by U.S. singles table tennis champions Ariel Hsing and Michael Landers. They’ll feature in “Ricochet,” a concerto by Andy Akiho, written for “pingpong, violin, percussion and orchestra.” The Lincoln Center performance will also include traditional Chinese dances and a chorus of Chinese farmers — who have never appeared outside of China — taking part in Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy.”

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