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CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Lang Lang, Piano

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Lang Lang by Olaf Heine / Deutsche Grammophon
Megastar pianist Lang Lang generates high-voltage excitement with each performance. This Carnegie Hall favorite—praised for his “exhilarating flair and brilliance” (The Guardian)—performs one of the pinnacles of the keyboard literature: J. S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations. This epic set of 30 variations on an original theme challenges the performer at every turn with its winding threads of ingenious counterpoint. Lang Lang brings his “passionate playing and astounding technique” (The New York Times) to this colossal masterpiece. 

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Performers

Lang Lang, Piano

Program

R. SCHUMANN Arabeske in C Major

J. S. BACH Goldberg Variations


Encores:

BEETHOVEN Bagatelle in A Minor, WoO 59, "Für Elise"

TRADITIONAL "Mo Li Hua" (Jasmine Flower) (arr. Peter Schindler)

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately 70 minutes with no intermission.
ICBC

This performance is proudly supported by ICBC U.S. Region.

At a Glance

R. SCHUMANN  Arabeske in C Major

This charmingly lightweight piece represents Robert Schumann at his most ingratiating. Unlike the Op. 20 Humoreske, composed around the same time, the Arabeske is pure and simple salon music.

 

J. S. BACH  Goldberg Variations

Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, is a set of 30 variations bookended by two statements of an aria in G major. Harpsichordist Wanda Landowska described the aria’s transcendently beautiful melody as “grave and yet happy, tranquil and at the same time vibrant with internal life.” The same might be said of Bach’s work as a whole, which runs the gamut of moods and modes, from introspection and lyrical simplicity to brilliance and contrapuntal virtuosity.

Bios

Lang Lang

Lang Lang is a leading figure in classical music today. As a pianist, educator, and philanthropist, he has become one of the world’s most influential and committed ambassadors for the arts in the 21st century. Equally happy playing for billions of viewers at the 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremony ...

Lang Lang is a leading figure in classical music today. As a pianist, educator, and philanthropist, he has become one of the world’s most influential and committed ambassadors for the arts in the 21st century. Equally happy playing for billions of viewers at the 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremony in Beijing or just for a few hundred children in a public school, he is a master of communicating through music.

Heralded by The New York Times as “the hottest artist on the classical music planet,” Lang Lang plays sold-out concerts all around the world. He has formed ongoing partnerships with conductors who include Sir Simon Rattle, Gustavo Dudamel, Daniel Barenboim, and Christoph Eschenbach. Lang Lang is known for thinking outside the box and frequently steps into different musical worlds, including his performances at the televised Grammy Awards with Metallica, Pharrell Williams, and Herbie Hancock.

In 2008, Lang Lang founded the Lang Lang International Music Foundation to cultivate tomorrow’s top pianists, champion music education at the forefront of technology, and build a young audience through live music experiences. In 2013, he was designated by the Secretary General of the United Nations as a Messenger of Peace as a result of his focus on global education.

Lang Lang started playing the piano at age three, and gave his first public recital before the age of five. He entered Beijing’s Central Music Conservatory at nine and won first prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians at 13. He subsequently went to Philadelphia to study with legendary pianist Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute of Music. He was 17 when his big break came, substituting for André Watts at the Gala of the Century, playing Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach.

Lang Lang’s boundless drive to attract new audiences to classical music has brought him tremendous recognition. He was presented with the 2010 Crystal Award and was picked as one of the Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum. He is also the recipient of honorary doctorates from the Royal College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and New York University. In December 2011, he was honored with the highest prize awarded by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, and received the highest civilian honors in Germany (Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany) and France (Medal of the Order of Arts and Letters). In 2016, Lang Lang was invited to the Vatican to perform for Pope Francis. He has also performed for numerous other international dignitaries, including four US presidents and monarchs from many nations.

For more information, visit langlangofficial.com.

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