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  • CHARISMATIC PIANIST LANG LANG BRINGS FLAIR TO DIVERSE PROGRAM AT WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL
  • Nov. 7, 2004
  • Recital is Second Appearance at the Hall by Famed Chinese Artist

    SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7, at 7:30 PM

    The Colburn Celebrity Series is generously supported by the Colburn Foundation

    Chinese pianist Lang Lang returns to Walt Disney Concert Hall, this time as recitalist, in a concert featuring works by Schumann, Haydn, Chopin, Tan Dun, and Liszt on Sunday, November 7, at 7:30 p.m. Lang Lang appears at the LA Phil Store following the performance to autograph programs and recordings. His recital is the second in the 2004/2005 Colburn Celebrity series, presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, featuring the world's leading virtuosos.

    The recital begins with Schumann 's "Abegg" Variations, Op. 1, based on the musical notes A-B-E-G-G, and continues with Haydn's Keyboard Sonata No. 60 in C Major, H XVI:50. The first half of the program ends with Chopin's Andante spianato and Grande polonaise brillante, Op. 22.

    The performance also features Tan Dun's Eight Memories in Watercolor, Op. 1, which Lang Lang performed on the recently released world premiere recording. The program continues with another Chopin piece, Nocturne No. 2 in D Flat, Op. 27, and closes with Liszt's Reminiscences of "Don Juan" (after Mozart's Don Giovanni), S. 418.

    Lang Lang's recital is the second of eight Colburn Celebrity Recitals at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The series continues on January 10, 2005, with violinist Itzhak Perlman; January 28 with pianist Leif Ove Andsnes; February 28 with pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard; March 23 with pianists Emanuel Ax and Yefim Bronfman; and April 20 with cellist Han-Na Chang; the series concludes on May 18 with pianist André Watts.

    Celebrated in all the music capitals of the world, 22-year-old LANG LANG has demonstrated an extraordinary level of musicianship in the widest range of repertoire. His artistry and ability to connect with audiences on a personal level has established him as an international sensation. He is the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, and many of the world's leading orchestras. He is passionately dedicated to sharing music with young people and was recently recognized for his efforts by the United Nations' Children's Fund (UNICEF), which appointed him their newest and youngest international Goodwill Ambassador. His extraordinary breakthrough came in 1999, when he was 17, with his dramatic last-minute substitution (introduced by Isaac Stern) for an indisposed André Watts at the Ravinia Festival's "Gala of the Century", playing the Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Chicago Symphony and Christoph Eschenbach. Lang Lang has performed with the major orchestras of the world, and he makes regular recital appearances in the main concert halls of major cities all over the world. Lang Lang records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon. His second album, which was released in March 2004, is a live recording of his Carnegie Hall recital debut, which included a performance of Chinese traditional music with his father Guo-ren Lang on the er-hu and the world-premiere recording of Tan Dun's Eight Memories in Watercolor. His third DG recording, due out in early 2005, will feature Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with Valery Gergiev conducting the Kirov Orchestra.

    EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

    SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7 at 7:30 PM

    Walt Disney Concert Hall

    111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

    LANG LANG, piano

    SCHUMANN "Abegg" Variations, Op. 1

    HAYDN Keyboard Sonata No. 60 in C Major, H XVI:50

    CHOPIN Andante spianato and Grande polonaise brillante, Op. 22

    TAN DUN Eight Memories in Watercolor, Op. 1

    CHOPIN Nocturne in D-flat, Op. 27, No. 2

    LISZT Reminiscences of "Don Juan" (after Mozart's Don Giovanni), S. 418

    The Colburn Celebrity Series is generously supported by the Colburn Foundation.

    Tickets ($15 - $78) are on sale now at the Walt Disney Concert Hall box office, online at LAPhil.com, or via credit card phone order at 323.850.2000. When available, choral bench seats ($15) will be released for sale to selected Philharmonic, Colburn Celebrity Recital, and Baroque Variations performances beginning at noon on the Tuesday of the second week prior to the concert. A limited number of $10 rush tickets for seniors and full time students may be available at the Walt Disney Concert Hall box office two hours prior to the performance. Valid identification is required; one ticket per person; cash only. Groups of 12 or more may be eligible for special discounts for selected concerts and seating areas. For all information, please call 323.850.2000.

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