Lang Lang is returning to Walt Disney Concert Hall to perform
Acclaimed Chinese pianist is returning to the heart of LA to perform for the first time since 2009
by Liuyi (Luisa) Chen
Date Published: 11/01/2011
Lang Lang, a world-renowned Chinese pianist, is returning to Walt Disney Concert Hall to perform on Sunday, November 6. This concert is part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's 2011/12 Colburn Celebrity Recitals, which features some of the most well known, influential virtuosos.
The program for the night will include Bach's "Partita No.1" in B-flat major, Schubert's romantic masterpiece "Sonata" in B-flat major and "D960," ending with Chopin's challenging piece "12 Etudes, Op. 25."
In 2007, the New York Times called 29-year-old Lang Lang the "hottest artist on the classical music planet." He is also the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Vinna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic and many top American orchestras. In 2009, he was on Time magazine's annual list of most influential people of the year. Lang Lang performed in front of billions of people in Beijing's opening ceremony for the 2008 Olympics Games, and in 2010, he was chosen as the official worldwide ambassador to the Shanghai Expo.
Instead of simply sitting back and enjoying his fame, Lang Lang opts to give back to the community. For decades, he has involved himself in volunteer work, performing classical music at childrens hospitals and giving recitals in underprivileged areas. He has also launched the Lang Lang International Music Foundation in which he aims to inspire young people to enjoy and play classical music. His latest partnership with Google and YouTube in the project YouTube Symphony Orchestra was also a success in attracting the new generation to classical music.
For more information about his recital this upcoming Sunday, go to the LA Philharmonic's official website.