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  • CELEBRATED PIANIST LANG LANG IN RECITAL AT WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL
  • Mar. 4, 2008
  • Performance, Part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association’s 2007/08 Colburn Celebrity Recital Series, Features Works by Mozart, Schumann, Granados and Liszt

    TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2008, AT 8 PM

    Series Endowed by a Generous Grant from the Colburn Foundation. Media Support Provided by The Korea Times – the Official Korean Media Sponsor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Hollywood Bowl

    Superstar Chinese pianist Lang Lang returns to Walt Disney Concert Hall to treat audiences to his unique presentation and flair, Tuesday, March 4, at 8 p.m. The evening’s program includes Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 13 in B-flat major, K. 333, Schumann’s Fantasie in C major, Op. 17, Los Requiebros from Granados Goyescas and two pieces by Liszt – Isolde’s Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde and Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 in D-flat major, S.244/6. The concert is part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association’s 2007/08 Colburn Celebrity Recital series.

    Considered by The New York Times to be the “hottest artist on the classical music planet,” 25-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 have established him as an international sensation and one of the most exciting and sought-after artists of our time, seen by millions throughout the world in concert, on televised concert broadcasts and in documentaries. He has worked with the world’s best orchestras under the most renowned conductors, has played sold-out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world and is the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic and all the top American orchestras.

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic's Colburn Celebrity Recitals offer virtuoso performances by world-renowned artists. Remaining performances include: violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter (Tuesday, April 8, 2008), and violinist Midori (Sunday, April 13, 2008).

    LANG LANG began playing piano at the age of 3, won the Shenyang competition, gave his first public recital at the age of 5 and entered Beijing’s Central Music Conservatory at the age of 9. He went on to win first prize at the Tchaikovsky International Young Musicians Competition and played the complete 24 Etudes of Chopin at the Beijing Concert Hall at 13. At 17, Lang Lang’s break into stardom came when he was called upon for a dramatic last-minute substitution at the “Gala of the Century” where he played the Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Chicago Symphony. Following this debut, he performed successful concerts around the world. He has appeared twice on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, on Good Morning America and 60 Minutes, and has been featured in every major television network, news and lifestyle magazine worldwide, including Vogue, GQ, Die Welt, Reader’s Digest and People. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the “biggest, most exciting keyboard talent encountered in many years,” Lang Lang has progressed from one triumphant appearance to the next. He has performed for global leaders around the world including Prince Albert II of Monaco, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan, President George H. W. Bush, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, President Hu Jin-Tao of China, President Horst Koehler of Germany, President Abdul Kalam of India, H.R.H. Prince Charles, as well as President Vladimir Putin of Russia. In the summer of 2007, Lang Lang performed open-air concerts to tens of thousands of people, including at Berlin’s famous Waldbühne, where he performed with Maestro Barenboim and the Berlin Staatskapelle. In 2008, he will also participate in a special concert with Cecilia Bartoli and Vadim Repin honoring Maria Malibran, has a 12-city U.S. recital tour that includes a concert at Carnegie Hall as part of their Great Artists Series and a tour to the past Summer Olympic cities with the China Philharmonic. Later in the year he will perform a solo recital at the London Proms. Lang Lang records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon/Universal and every CD he has made has entered the top classical charts as well as many pop charts around the globe. His newest release, Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 4 with Orchestre de Paris and Maestro Christoph Eschenbach, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Classical chart. Lang Lang also appeared on Billboard's New Artist chart at the highest position for any classical artist. In 2004, he was appointed International Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). As a result of his enormous popularity with children, Steinway created the “Lang Lang Steinway” designed in five different types for the early musical education of children. This is the first time Steinway has used an artist’s name to produce pianos in its 150-year history. He was recently nominated for a Grammy due to his work on the new release and is the first Chinese artist to be nominated for Best Instrumental Soloist. He has also been named an honoree for the Recording Academy’s Presidential Merit Award. His previous release, Dragon Songs, departs from the western music of Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Mozart and Liszt for which he is most known and takes Lang Lang’s audience on a groundbreaking journey through “his” China in this documentary film on DVD and soundtrack album. The year 2008 will feature a new recording with the Vienna Philharmonic of Chopin’s 1st & 2nd Piano Concertos. He is also featured soloist on the Golden Globe-winning score, The Painted Veil composed by Alexandre Deslpat, and can be heard on the soundtrack of The Banquet composed by Tan Dun. Lang Lang received honorary professorships at all the top conservatories in China where he gives master classes regularly, as well as at Juilliard, the Curtis Institute and Hannover.

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen, presents the finest in orchestral and chamber music, recitals, new music, jazz, world music and holiday concerts at two of the most remarkable places anywhere to experience music — Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. In addition to a 30-week winter subscription season at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the LA Phil presents a 12-week summer festival at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and home of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. In fulfilling its commitment to the community, the Association’s involvement with Los Angeles extends to educational programs, community concerts and children's programming, ever seeking to provide inspiration and delight to the broadest possible audience.

    EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

    TUESDAY, MARCH 4, at 8 PM


    WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL, 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles



    Colburn Celebrity Series



    LANG LANG, piano



    MOZART Piano Sonata No. 13 in B-flat major, K. 333

    SCHUMANN Fantasie for piano in C major, Op. 17

    GRANADOS Goyescas, H. 64 No. 1: Los Requiebros

        Traditional Chinese works to be announced from the stage

    LISZT Isolde’s Liebestod fromTristan und Isolde, transcription for piano

    LISZT Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 in D-flat major



    Series endowed by a generous grant from the Colburn Foundation; media support provided by The Korea Times – the official Korean media sponsor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Hollywood Bowl.

    Tickets ($35 - $88) are on sale now online at LAPhil.com, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, 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 10 or more may be eligible for special discounts for selected concerts and seating areas. For information, please call 323.850.2000.

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  • contact:

    Adam Crane, 213.972.3422, acrane@laphil.org; Lisa White, 213.972.3408, lwhite@laphil.org; Photos: 213.972.3034