FEBRUARY 9, 2014 | 7:30PM | WATCH NOW!
TICKETS: $95 / $85 / $75
ON SALE THURSDAY, AUGUST 1st AT 10AM
PERFORMING WITH THE UK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA | JOHN NARDOLILLO, CONDUCTOR
Evening's Program to Include:
Berlioz: Roman Carnival
R. Strauss: Burleske
Chopin: Andante Spianato et Grand Polonaise Brillante
Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition
If one word applies to Lang Lang, to the musician, to the man, to his worldview, to those who come into contact with him, it is “inspiration.” It resounds like a musical motif through his life and career. He inspires millions with his open-hearted, emotive playing, whether it be in intimate recitals or on the grandest of stages – such as the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where more than four billion people around the world viewed his performance, the Last Night of the Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall, or the Liszt 200th birthday concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Charles Dutoit which was broadcast live in more than 300 movie theaters around the United States and 200 cinemas across Europe (the first classical music cinemacast to be headlined by a solo artist). He forms enduring musical partnerships with the world’s greatest artists, from conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel and Sir Simon Rattle, to artists from outside of classical music – among them dubstep dancer Marquese “nonstop” Scott, king of the crooners Julio Inglesias and jazz titan Herbie Hancock.
“Time Magazine” has recently included Lang Lang in the “Time 100”, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, naming him as a symbol of the youth of China, and its future. Lang Lang is the cultural ambassador of the cities of Shenzhen and Shenyang. In July 2012 he relayed the London Olympic torch in London just before the opening of the XXX Olympiad.
“A stellar Chinese pianist who makes his own rules.” - LA TIMES
“He sat patiently through the orchestra's introduction, and then - bang! crash! - he burst into a frenzy of furious passagework and thunderous chords that barely let up for another half an hour. This is Lang Lang's M.O.” - SF GATE