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VIRTUOSO PIANIST LANG LANG WITH SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA AT GMU'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

February 25, 2010
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

VIRTUOSO PIANIST LANG LANG

WITH THE SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA

UNDER CONDUCTOR CHRISTOPH ESCHENBACH

Saturday, April 3, 2010 at 8 p.m.

  

FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 25, 2010 Hailed as the “hottest artist on the classical music planet” by The New York Times, virtuoso pianist Lang Lang appears at George Mason University’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 performs Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1. Lang Lang solos with the orchestra on Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 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.

“Lang Lang’s playing is effortlessly sparkling and dramatic, full of showmanship and excitement,” says the San Francisco Chronicle about this 27-year-old nonpareil who has taken the classical music world by storm. “Lang Lang’s playing was so raptly beautiful that one was afraid to breathe for fear of missing anything.” (Chicago Tribune) He 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 recently 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. This status has inspired more than 40 million Chinese children to study classical piano – a phenomenon coined by The Today Show as the “Lang Lang effect.” 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 LangÔ Steinway,” designed for early music education.

“The power, brilliance and expressiveness of [the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra] is awe-inspiring.” (Berliner Zeitung) Each year, 100 of the world’s finest musicians under the age of 27 are handpicked through a rigorous audition process to join this extraordinary 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, the Houston Symphony, the Ravinia Festival, the Orchestre de Paris, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra and the 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. 

HSBC Bank is the Magnificent Music series sponsor for the 2009-10 season.

Tickets for LANG LANG WITH THE SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA are $60, $52, $30. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.  Visit cfa.gmu.edu.

About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

About George Mason University

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