The 750 seats in Battin Memorial Hall were nearly filled when the drums began. Five members of the Boston Synchrony Chinese Percussion Ensemble stood on the stage, filling the air with an ancient rhythm. Their quick, lively beat cut through the din of the crowd, silencing it immediately.
Then, from the entranceway, a dragon emerged. Hoisted in the air by nine Lexington community members, the great red and gold beast snaked its way through the crowd toward the drums. This is how the Lunar New Year festivities began, Feb. 10, at the Chinese American Association of Lexington’s annual celebration. [Read full Report]