Watch Lang Lang's interview on Atención Obras

Watch Lang Lang's interview on Atención Obras

Watch Lang Lang's interview on Atención Obras in Spain.  He addresses social media, reaching the youth and his love and excitement for playing the piano.

Interview frame from 52:50 - 54:58 of the video.

WATCH HERE (A la carta -  Televisión y Radio)

Pianist Lang Lang leads six Chinese participate in Rio Olympics torch relay

Pianist Lang Lang leads six Chinese participate in Rio Olympics torch relay

Thursday, 30 June, the Rio Olympics torch relay continues its journey across Brazilian Parana state. The distance covered, including transits, 170 km and some 140 torchbearers. Foz do Iguaçu is the last town on the Olympic Flame' s route today.

Invited by the Coca-Cola sponsorship, six torchbearers including Lang Lang and actress Jiang Yiyan lit the passion of local people. As No. 75 torchbearer, Lang Lang was welcomed by both warm Brazilians and Chinese. Numerous people accompanied him during his 200-meter torch relay journey.

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JUAN DIEGO FLÓREZ SIGNS TO SONY CLASSICAL

JUAN DIEGO FLÓREZ SIGNS TO  SONY CLASSICAL

Juan Diego Flórez, one of today’s most prominent stars of the opera and concert stage has just signed a long-term exclusive contract with Sony Classical.

He has been recognized as one of the best tenors in history by the BBC and has received numerous accolades and awards including Peru’s highest distinction, the Gran Cruz de la Orden del Sol and Austrian’s government title of Kammersänger. 

His first album for Sony Classical will be released in fall 2017. 

For the full Sony Classical Press release, CLICK HERE.

Photo Credit: Kristin Hoebermann

Pablo Villegas plays in historic tribute concert to Placido Domingo

Pablo Villegas plays in historic tribute concert to Placido Domingo

On June 29, 2016 Pablo will play in the historic event of “Plácido en el Alma” (Plácido in the soul), a tribute concert to the great and beloved Plácido Domingo at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain.

This will be a celebration of this remarkable artist’s 75th birthday. On account of this special occasion and in recognition of his extraordinary career, key figures in the music, in the sports along with thousands of people come together in this unique event which profits will go to 38 sport schools of Real Madrid’s Foundation in Mexico.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

Juan Diego Flórez is giving disadvantaged children a bright future through the power of music.

Juan Diego Flórez is giving disadvantaged children a bright future through the power of music.

Juan Diego Flórez is giving disadvantaged children a bright future through the power of music.

Inspired by Venezuelan music network “El Sistema” the operatic tenor has created music schools throughout his home country Peru allowing thousands of children from low-income families to play an instrument or to sing in a choir.

Read the full article from euronews

Lang Lang has recorded a new rendition of Oscar-nominated composer Ennio Morricone’s original score for The Hateful Eight.

Lang Lang has recorded a new rendition of Oscar-nominated composer Ennio Morricone’s original score for The Hateful Eight.

In the run-up to the Academy Awards on Feb. 28, world-renowned concert pianist Lang Lang has recorded a new rendition of Oscar-nominated composer Ennio Morricone’s original score for The Hateful Eight.

Read the full article from The Hollywood Reporter

 

Review: Cameron Carpenter and his International Touring Organ captivated Centennial

Review: Cameron Carpenter and his International Touring Organ captivated Centennial

Organist Cameron Carpenter performed at Centennial Hall last night, dazzling the crowd with his music and glorious mohawk. Carpenter challenges the stereotypes of organists and classical music, and has a

Read the full review at The Daily Wildcat

 

Long Yu “impeccable” in Dallas Symphony debut with Kirill Gerstein

Long Yu “impeccable” in Dallas Symphony debut with Kirill Gerstein

A combination of powerhouse performers took the stage at the Myerson Symphony Center Thursday evening to play some famous showpieces. Chinese conductor Long Yu put the orchestra to work as he tackled Ravel’s Technicolor orchestration of Mussorgsky’s. Then, Russian-born pianist Kirill Gerstein, known for his magnificent technique and explosive performances, shook the rafters with Rachmaninoff’s massive Piano Concerto No. 3.

Read the full article at Star-Telegram.com

Ping-pong meets music in diplomatic tryst

Ping-pong meets music in diplomatic tryst

Yu Long the artistic director of the Beijing Music Festival and Columbia Artists Music team up to commemorate "ping-pong diplomacy".

In April 1971, members of a US table tennis team became the first American athletes to visit China before the two countries established diplomatic relations. The sport helped to pave the way for Richard Nixon to come to Beijing in February of the following year. Two months after the US president's visit, Chinese table tennis players were invited to the United States.

» Read the full article (China Daily USA)

Photo credit: Table tennis players share the stage with musicians in the PingPong Concerto in Beijing. Jiang Dong / China Daily

A Steinway From New York Meets Virtuosos in Havana

A Steinway From New York Meets Virtuosos in Havana

On Friday, about 3,000 Cubans and foreigners sat in plastic chairs in a plaza in Havana, their eyes darting between international virtuosos almost within arm’s reach.

» Read the full article (The New York Times)

Photo Credit: From left, Lang Lang, the Chinese pianist; Marin Alsop, the American conductor; and Chucho Valdés, the Cuban pianist, after a free concert at Cathedral Plaza in Havana on Friday. Credit Alejandro Ernesto/European Pressphoto Agency

Lineup Announced for Havana Concert

Lineup Announced for Havana Concert

A major concert in Havana being planned for next month will open with an American conductor, Marin Alsop, leading the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba in the “Cuban Overture” by that most American of composers, George Gershwin. It will go on to feature the star pianists Lang Lang and Chucho Valdés playing together in works by the Cuban composers Ernesto Lecuona and Antonio María Romeu and the American composer James P. Johnson.

Read the full article at The New York Times

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra world premiered Ping Pong Concerto (RICOCHET) on Music in the Summer Air (MISA) Festival

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra world premiered Ping Pong Concerto (RICOCHET) on Music in the Summer Air (MISA) Festival

Commissioned by 2015 Beijing Music Festival and 2015 MISA Festival, composed by Andy Akiho, RICOCHET is a concerto for Ping Pong, violin, percussion and orchestra. World premiered in Shanghai on July 18, 2015 at Shanghai Symphony Hall by Shanghai Symphony Orchestra conducted by conductor Huang Yi with violinist Elizabeth Zeltser, percussionist David Cossin and competitive ping pong players Michael Landers and Ariel Hsing, RICOCHET is a playful concerto which perfectly combines the rhythm of sport and music, and juxtaposed an intricate polyrhythmic score for violin and

percussion with the comparably random sounds of an actual Ping‐Pong match. Two Ping Pong players volleyed along in approximate tempo, first with paddles, then tambourines and glasses, and – as a cadenza – against a bass drum and a gong.

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer of this piece on Youtube.

Long Yu Leads China Philharmonic on Triumphant Silk Road Tour

Long Yu Leads China Philharmonic on Triumphant Silk Road Tour

Culminates with Historic Performance in Tehran

Conductor Long Yu led the China Philharmonic Orchestra last week on a six-stop tour through Central Asia-- replicating the famed Silk Road route-- which culminated on Friday, August 14th with a performance in Tehran, Iran.  

Friday night's concert featured Chinese and Western repertory including the music of Dvorak’s “New World” symphony, which Maestro Yu conducted from the original score used for the work’s 1893 premiere with the New York Philharmonic, adding to the historical significance of the event.  

As Maestro Yu told the Washington Post, “The New York Philharmonic gave me the original parts, so it’s very touching if you see the music, you’re touching that history."  

Read the full Washington Post coverage here

MILOŠ : From Bach to the Beatles

MILOŠ : From Bach to the Beatles

Culminates with Historic Performance in Tehran

Conductor Long Yu led the China Philharmonic Orchestra last week on a six-stop tour through Central Asia-- replicating the famed Silk Road route-- which culminated on Friday, August 14th with a performance in Tehran, Iran.  

Friday night's concert featured Chinese and Western repertory including the music of Dvorak’s “New World” symphony, which Maestro Yu conducted from the original score used for the work’s 1893 premiere with the New York Philharmonic, adding to the historical significance of the event.  

As Maestro Yu told the Washington Post, “The New York Philharmonic gave me the original parts, so it’s very touching if you see the music, you’re touching that history."  

Read the full Washington Post coverage here . 

African-American Stage Stars to Join Audra McDonald in ‘Shuffle Along’

African-American Stage Stars to Join Audra McDonald in ‘Shuffle Along’

Four of the American theater’s leading African-American singer-actors will join Audra McDonald next spring in a musical that seeks to reintroduce one of the first all-black shows on Broadway. 

Read  the complete article at The New York Times