Center for the Arts Presents Lang Lang with Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra

Posted: March 30, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: March 29, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Virtuoso pianist Lang Lang. Photo by Detlef Schneider

Virtuoso pianist Lang Lang will appear at Mason’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall for the first time on Saturday, April 3, at 8 p.m., joining forces with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra for a spectacular night of music.

Under Maestro Christoph Eschenbach, the orchestra will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1. Lang Lang will solo with the orchestra on Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

Lang Lang has performed for tens of thousands of people around the globe at venues as varied as New York City’s Central Park, the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, Theaterplatz in Dresden, Hamburg’s Derby Park and even as the guest soloist at the 2007 Nobel Prize concert in Stockholm.

Named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” for 2009, Lang Lang performed during the opening ceremonies for the Games of the XXIX Olympics in Beijing, which was seen by more than five billion people worldwide, and cemented his status as a symbol of the youth and future of China.

Committed to promoting music education, Lang Lang launched the Lang Lang International Music Foundation in New York with the support of Grammy and UNICEF, in order to enrich the lives of children through music and financially support the next generation of musicians.

He also gives numerous master classes around the world at prestigious music institutions such as the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music and the top conservatories in China, where he holds honorary professorships.

He has also been named the first ambassador of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, which is another groundbreaking project to introduce young audiences to classical music. He was also the first artist in Steinway’s 150-year history to have a piano named after him – the “Lang Lang Steinway,” designed for early music education.

Each year, 100 of the world’s finest musicians under the age of 27 are handpicked through a rigorous audition process to join the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra and participate in one of Europe’s most important classical music festivals, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, which takes place at the Salzau Castle in northern Germany.

Taking up residence at the festival’s Orchestral Academy, which was founded by Leonard Bernstein in 1987, these young musicians receive an unparalleled opportunity to study and perform with some of the most important names and ensembles in classical music.

Christoph Eschenbach has been the principal conductor of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival International Orchestral Academy since 2004. Born in Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland), Eschenbach began his career as a pianist and made his official conducting debut in Hamburg in April 1972.

He has served as a principal conductor and music director with some of the most prestigious ensembles, festivals and venues in the world, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Houston Symphony,  Ravinia Festival, Orchestre de Paris, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra and John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Eschenbach’s long-standing artistic and personal friendship with Lang Lang has led to numerous memorable performances, most recently with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in November 2008, and a critically acclaimed recording of Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 4 with Orchestre de Paris in 2007.

A discussion, free to ticket holders, will begin 45 minutes prior to the performance on the center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts. HSBC Bank is the Magnificent Music series sponsor for the 2009-10 season.

Tickets are $60, $52 and $30. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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