San Antonio Symphony presents piano superstar Lang Lang in recital onOctober 16
When: Lang Lang in Recital on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Majestic Theatre
Tickets: Tickets for the Lang Lang solo piano recital range from $50 to $200. If purchased with your 2012-2013 Symphony season subscription, theLang Lang in Recital tickets are discounted 50%. Tickets are available to purchase at the Symphony Box Office or by calling (210) 554.1010 or visiting www.sasymphony.org. Patrons can also visit any Ticketmaster location, www.ticketmaster.com or call (800) 745.3000.
The San Antonio Symphony’s October concerts will include the much-anticipated return of superstar pianist Lang Lang to San Antonio for a spectacular solo piano recital (without orchestra.) on Tuesday, October 16, 2012. Lang Lang will perform three piano sonatas by Mozart and the four Ballades by Chopin. Lang Lang will release a new CD of Chopin’s music on Sony in October.
As he did in his last appearance in San Antonio, the image of his hands will be projected over the piano during the concert, so you’ll see his dazzling technique from every seat in the Majestic Theatre. Heralded as the “hottest artist on the classical music planet” by the New York Times, Lang Lang 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 Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic and all the top American orchestras. This recital is sponsored by Thomas Jr. and Jane Cheever Powell.
Testimony to his success, Lang Lang recently appeared in the 2009 Time 100 – Time magazine's annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2008, over four billion people viewed Lang Lang’s performance in Beijing’s opening ceremony for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, where he was seen as a symbol of the youth and the future of China. In July 2012 he relayed the London Olympic torch in London right prior to the opening of the XXX Olympiad. This status has inspired over 40 million Chinese children to learn to play classical piano – a phenomenon coined by The Today Show as "the Lang Lang effect." Recognizing Lang Lang's powerful cultural influence, in 2008 The Recording Academy named him their Cultural Ambassador to China. Most recently, Lang Lang has been chosen as an official worldwide ambassador to the 2010 Shanghai Expo, and played at the opening ceremony.
Continuing his presence on the world stage, Lang Lang was featured at the 2008 Grammy® Awards, pairing up with jazz great Herbie Hancock for an astounding performance that was broadcasted live to 45 million viewers worldwide. The two pianists continued their collaboration with an inaugural world tour in summer 2009.
Lang Lang’s charitable efforts led to the recent launch of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation with the mission of inspiring the next generation of classical music lovers and performers by cultivating tomorrow’s top pianists, championing music education at the forefront of technology, and building a young audience through live music experiences. Through the strategic work of his new foundation which is committed to children and music education, Lang Lang works with exceptional partners to inspire young people to believe that music can make life better. The Financial Times once described Lang Lang as “evangelical in his efforts to spread the popularity of classical music.” In May 2009, Lang Lang and his three chosen young scholars from the foundation – aged between 6 and 10 years old – performed together on The Oprah Winfrey Show on "Oprah's Search for the World's Most Smartest and Most Talented Kids."
In 2011, the Lang Lang Music World was launched, which is a multi-functioning arts complex located in Shenzhen and Chongqing, China, where children can go to receive piano education, participate in master classes and competitions, attend concerts and purchase Lang Lang-brand educational products. With the mission of sharing Lang Lang’s global view, experiences and knowledge in piano education, the Lang Lang Music World nurtures and provides exclusive opportunities for young talent through its unique platform.
His biography, Journey of a Thousand Miles, published by Random House in eleven languages, was released to critical acclaim. As part of his commitment to the education of children, he released a version of his autobiography specifically for younger readers, entitled Playing with Flying Keys.
In December 2007, Lang Lang was guest soloist at the Nobel Prize concert inStockholm, an event attended by Nobel Laureates and members of the Royal Family. He returned as soloist for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony and concert for President Barack Obama.
Lang Lang has become the face of numerous global campaigns. Steinway has recognized Lang Lang's popularity with children by creating five versions of the “Lang Lang™ Steinway” designed for early music education. This is the first time in its 150-year history that Steinway has ever used an artist’s name to produce pianos. Lang Lang is a global brand ambassador for Sony Electronics, with whom he anticipates achieving innovative and creative possibilities for the future. He is proud to start his collaboration with Telefonica as their International Brand Ambassador and Volkswagen Group as Global Ambassador. Lang Lang is outfitted by Giorgio Armani.
Lang Lang began playing piano at the age of 3, and by the age of 5, he had won the Shenyang Competition and had given his first public recital. Entering Beijing’s Central Music Conservatory at age 9, he won first prize at the Tchaikovsky International Young Musicians Competition and played the complete 24 Chopin Études at the Beijing Concert Hall at age 13. Lang Lang’s break into stardom came at age 17, when he was called upon for a dramatic last-minute substitution at the “Gala of the Century,” playing a Tchaikovsky concerto with the Chicago Symphony. Following this gigantic debut, he performed successful concerts around the world. The Times in London remarked: “Lang Lang took a sold-out Albert Hall by storm… This could well be history in the making.”
In February 2010, Lang Lang joined Sony Music Entertainment as an exclusive recording artist; his first album with Sony features a live recording of his 2010 recital at Vienna’s legendary Musikverein. He recently released his new CD “Liszt, My Piano Hero” and DVD “Liszt, Now!” to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the great composer. October 2012 brings the new release of his newest album with Chopin piano solo music.
About the San Antonio Symphony: The San Antonio Symphony is a non-profit performing arts organization with the mission to inspire and enrich our community by vigorously influencing the artistic fabric of San Antonio through excellent symphonic performance, education and service. The San Antonio Symphony, with more than 70 professional musicians, serves over 130,000 people per year including 40,000 students. For more information about the Symphony visit www.sasymphony.org. To purchase tickets, call the Symphony box office at (210) 554-1010.