Lang Lang

The Orchestra's 115th season began last September with the initiation of the 40/40 Project, a broadening of the ensemble’s repertoire that featured 40 works not performed on subscription concerts in at least the last 40 years (or ever), in honor of Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s 40th birthday. Philadelphia audiences were asked to vote through electronic and social media, and three favorites were chosen to open the three respective concerts at the end of September.

Lang Lang's U.S. Home

Nov 10, 2014

Pianist Lang Lang came straight to Philadelphia from his native China in hope, rather than certainty, that he would be able to continue his musical education here.  It worked out, and he was admitted to the Curtis Institute where he bloomed into a major talent.

Many Philadelphia Orchestra musicians are Lang Lang’s former classmates from Curtis. And he’s been playing with them regularly since - in Philadelphia, and on tours around the world.

Odd musical mergers in the Grammy Awards telecast are nothing new — remember Paul McCartney, Linkin Park and Jay-Z singing "Yesterday?" Still, when thrash metal band Metallica and classical pianist Lang Lang take the stage together Sunday night, it may seem more like a head-scratcher than a clever match.

Or will it?

Join us this Sunday, September 15th at 2 pm on WRTI as Sir Simon Rattle taps into an historic connection that The Philadelphia Orchestra has enjoyed with the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, conducting his final two symphonies without interruption, right after intermission. 

Before intermission, Curtis grad and piano superstar Lang Lang will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

Coming up on Sunday, September 15th, WRTI's Sunday radio broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert features, on the podium, Englishman Simon Rattle, the music director of the Berlin Philharmonic.  The  internationally renowned conductor has a bond with the Philadelphians, nurtured over the last 20 years.

In the radio broadcast, Rattle leads the orchestra in a program featuring  symphonies no. 6 and 7 of  Sibelius, Norman’s Unstuck, and  Beethoven’s piano concerto No.  3 with Lang Lang as soloist.

This Sunday from 2 to 4 pm, The Philadelphia Orchestra renews its historic connection with the great Finnish master Jean Sibelius (Stokowski led the U.S. premieres of his last three symphonies) as Simon Rattle will conduct the final two symphonies, Nos. 6 and 7, together without interruption, from a May, 2013 concert.

Lang Lang delivers in his newest release: The Chopin Album, on the Sony Classical label. When I met him several years ago he was being hailed as a great find, but he was also stretching out to young people as an ambassador for UNICEF.  A big heart and a big talent, neither of which has diminished, spurs Lang Lang on to perform a special one-night concert on Tuesday October 30th at 6:30 p.m. at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium. 

David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to an internationally simulcast Philadelphia Orchestra concert featuring the superstar Chinese pianist Lang Lang.

Susan Lewis looks at here., a new exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts exploring the sense of place in the work of artists from?six different U.S. regions.

Jim Cotter speaks with Philadelphia contemporary artist Tristin Lowe. His Under the Influence, an installation comprised of two interconnected works, goes on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on October 22nd.

Lang Lang: Pianist

Aug 11, 2007

Jill speaks with piano virtuoso Lang Lang. A child prodigy in China, he began playing when he was only two years old. He entered the Curtis Institute of Music when he was 14, and made his U.S. debut in 1998. But it was his spellbinding performance at the 1999 Ravinia Festival that catapulted him into international fame. Originally Aired April 23, 2005.


Lang Lang

Apr 15, 2006

We speak with Pianist Lang Lang about his latest recording, Memory, and his upcoming performance at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. Jason Peifer visits the InterAct Theatre Company and talks to artistic director Seth Rozin, the writer of the company's latest production, Reinventing Eden. We look ahead to this weekend's Curtis Institute of Music staged performances of Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring at the Prince Music Theater, and speak with rising star Brenden Gunnell.