LANG LANG – In Recital, At Davies Symphony Hall, 1/18

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
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World-renowned pianist Lang Lang visits San Francisco this week for two very special events: a Davies Symphony Hall Recital on Tuesday, January 18th under the auspices of the San Francisco Symphony, and his 101 Pianists event at San Francisco State University. On Monday, January 17th, Lang Lang will conduct a workshop, followed by a performance by 100 young Bay Area pianists with Lang Lang of Schubert’s Marche Militaire. The concert at McKenna Theater is a project of the artist’s Lang Lang International Music Foundation and is being offered free to Bay Area schoolchildren, who have been invited through their schools. This is the first time this event has been held in the United States. The Lang Lang International Music Foundation’s purpose is to inspire the next generation of classical music lovers. This performance is designed to engage 100 young pianists in a unique social musical event, guided by Lang Lang’s encouraging teaching style. The musicians celebrate their love of playing, experiment with collaboration with others, and enjoy the inherently social nature of the traditionally solo piano during this unique performance. The scheduled program at Davies will be Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas No. 3 and 23; Iberia Book 1 by Isaac Albéniz; and Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 7. For ticket information contact SFS Ticket Services: 415-864-6000

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LANG LANG

28 year-old Lang Lang has played sold out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world and is the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic and all the top American orchestras. A testimony to his success, Lang Lang recently appeared in the 2009 Time 100 – Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2008, over five billion people viewed Lang Lang’s performance in Beijing’s opening ceremony for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, where he was seen as a symbol of the youth and the future of China. This status has inspired over 40 million Chinese children to learn to play classical piano – a phenomenon coined by The Today Show as “the Lang Lang effect.” Recognizing Lang Lang’s powerful cultural influence, in 2008 The Recording Academy named him their Cultural Ambassador to China. Most recently, he was chosen as an official worldwide ambassador to the 2010 Shanghai Expo, and played at the opening ceremony. Lang Lang was featured at the 2008 Grammy® Awards, pairing up with jazz great Herbie Hancock for an astounding performance that was broadcast live to 45 million viewers worldwide. The two pianists continued their collaboration with an inaugural world tour in summer 2009.

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For nearly a decade Lang Lang has been giving back to children around the world through volunteer activities as diverse as mentoring rising young talented pianists, convening 100 piano students in concert, performing for sick children in hospitals, delivering classical music recitals in underserved and remote communities, and donating his musical talents to raise awareness of other charitable causes. Lang Lang’s charitable efforts led to the recent launch of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation with the mission of inspiring the next generation of classical music lovers and performers by cultivating tomorrow’s top pianists, championing music education at the forefront of technology, and building a young audience through live music experiences. Through the strategic work of his new foundation which is committed to children and music education, Lang Lang works with exceptional partners to inspire young people to believe that music can make life better. Lang Lang is deeply committed to creating and participating in programs that bring sustained interest for music into the lives of children. As he noted after the Foundation launch event, “I have taken on a second career!”

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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Lang Lang Launches the Lang Lang International Music Foundation
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In 2004, Lang Lang was appointed International Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Lang Lang has contributed and worked to raise funds and awareness for earthquake relief efforts in China and Haiti. These efforts included auctioning the red Steinway piano played during his 2008 New York Central Park concert, donating the net proceeds to the American Red Cross China Earthquake fund, and organizing a benefit concert at Carnegie Hall, donating the net proceeds to UNICEF’s Earthquake Relief Fund in Haiti. As Chairman of the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award Project, Lang Lang celebrates another aspect of arts commitment. He also currently serves on the Weill Music Institute Advisory Committee as part of Carnegie Hall’s educational program and is the youngest member of Carnegie Hall’s Artistic Advisory Board. He has been added as one of the 250 Young Global Leaders picked by the World Economic Forum and received the 2010 Crystal Award in Davos.

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LANG LANG LIVE IN VIENNA – Recorded and filmed live at the Musikverein Concert Hall in Vienna, this combination CD and DVD includes Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas No. 3 and 23; Iberia Book 1 by Isaac Albéniz; Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 7, and more.

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Seán Martinfield
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Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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