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Lang Lang Live Simulcast from Philadelphia
  by: Rebel - Havertown, PA
started: 10/20/11 10:58 am | updated: 10/20/11 10:58 am
Lang Lang live in Philadelphia this weekend... and simulcast to 500 movie theaters across the country on Saturday and again on Monday featuring the Philadelphia Orchestra. The simulcast is titled Lang Lang Live on Franz Liszt's 200th Birthday.

Bach's Partita No. 1 heads this season's recital repertoire.

His Friday Philadelphia concert has him playing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2.

Lang Lang's newly released CD, Liszt: My Piano Hero is now available.

To hear classical and contemporary favorites, check out classical on's: Symphony.

Movie Theatres:
Sat 10/22: theaters

Mon 10/24: theaters

Since graduating from Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music in 2002, Lang Lang has become a symbol of a new international China, having worked with three major recording labels (currently Sony Classical) and been featured on international telecasts from the Beijing Olympics.

He's now making his simulcast debut.
Lang Lang Live on Franz Liszt's 200th Birthday, the Saturday simulcast, to be repeated Monday, will feature him in Verizon Hall for Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1. But instead of showing the full program with Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10, the simulcast will feature Lang Lang in a prerecorded solo recital.

That might disappoint those hoping for a Philadelphia Orchestra showcase, but orchestra general manager Steve Millen chooses not to see it that way. "The audience is going to go to movie theaters having been told this is about Franz Liszt and Lang Lang and that's what they will experience," he said.

The simulcast is entirely underwritten by Sony Classical - probably in the vicinity of $500,000.

Lang Lang hasn't been here since he was last a Philadelphia taxpayer in 2009. "It's very weird. This is the first time I've been in Philadelphia without actually going home," he said. "I never knew any of the hotels because I never stayed in them. But in the morning, waking up to see City Hall . . . that's nice."

His father, Lang Guo-Ren, now lives in Beijing and presents his son's concerts while his mother travels with him, making sure his immoderate schedule doesn't get the best of him.

"It feels really grounded. I didn't live with my mom for nearly 10 years," he said, referring to his years studying piano in Beijing and then the start of his Curtis tenure in the late 1990s. "It's great that we have this time together."

On Sunday, he played a concert in Japan. On Monday, he was in New York doing promotion for his new Liszt CD. On Tuesday, he was in Washington, D.C., making a public-service announcement for the World Wildlife Fund, one of several charities he has worked for since his student years.

"I personally adopted a panda five years ago," he said. "It was put in a panda center. Then a few years ago, unfortunately, the panda died. I'd like to do more for those special animals."
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