Whitney Hale


College: Fine Arts

UK Orchestra's Success Leads to Concert With 2014 Grammy Performer Lang Lang

Published: Feb 7, 2014

Lang Lang Berlin Concert with Herbie Hancock 2012

Lang Lang performance with Herbie Hancock in Berlin in 2012. 


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 7, 2014) — Named the “hottest artist on the classical music planet” by the New York Times, and “the world’s ambassador of the keyboard” by The New Yorker, celebrated pianist Lang Lang will join the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor John Nardolillo, in a concert this weekend at the Singletary Center for the Arts. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, in the Singletary Center Concert Hall. 


Lang Lang’s talent has been heard by billions around the world, most recently in an appearance with Metallica on the 2014 Grammy Awards. His other major performances include the opening ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and the Franz Liszt 200th birthday concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Charles Dutoit — the first classical music cinema cast to be headlined by a solo artist.


From a small Chinese town, Shenyang, Lang began playing the piano at the age of 3. By 5, he was giving his first public recital, entered Beijing’s Central Music Conservatory by 9, and won first prize at the Tchaikovsky International Young Musicians’ Competition playing the complete Chopin Etudes at the Beijing Concert Hall at 13. By 17, Lang was coined an "overnight sensation," when he performed in the "Gala Of The Century," playing a Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Named one of Time magazine’s "Time 100," featuring the 100 most influential people in the world, the magazine deemed him a symbol of the youth of China and its future.


Lang has made numerous TV appearances, including "The Today Show," "Good Morning America" and "60 Minutes," and has been featured in The New Yorker, Vogue and People, to name a few.


The popular classical pianist has also had the privilege to perform before current and past presidents, including presidents Barack Obama, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush and William J. Clinton, as well as other public international figures including Queen Elizabeth II, President Horst Koehler of Germany and Russian President Vladimir Putin.


Among Lang’s honors are the designation as goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and United Nations Messenger of Peace, and the awarding of an honorary doctorate from the Royal College of Music, Germany's Order of Merit and France's Medal of the Order of Arts & Letters.


In the last 10 years of its 95 year existence, with Nardolillo at the helm, the UK Symphony Orchestra has earned significant international acclaim. The orchestra has accumulated several recording credits and shared the stage with such acclaimed international artists as Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell, Marvin Hamlisch and Mark O'Connor, as well the Boston Pops. UK Symphony Orchestra is one of a very select group of university orchestras under contract with Naxos, the world's largest classical recording label.


Last summer, UK Symphony Orchestra completed a 12-day tour of China. Later this month, the orchestra will return to the Singletary stage with Pink Martini and the Von Trapps on Feb. 28


The concert scheduled for Feb. 9 will include pieces from Hector Berlioz, Frédéric François Chopin, Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky and Maurice Ravel, and Richard Georg Strauss.


Ticket pricing for the concert featuring Lang Lang and UK Symphony Orchestra is based on seating location and ranges from $75 to $95, with a discounted rate for faculty and students with a valid ID card. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Singletary Center Ticket Office, by calling the ticket office at 859-257-4929, or online at www.scfatickets.com.


A part of the UK College of Fine Arts, the Singletary Center for the Arts presents and hosts around 400 artistic, cultural and educational events annually for the university community, Lexington community, and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 




MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716whitney.hale@uky.edu

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