Jean first met Lang Lang at the Nobel Peace Prize concert celebrating President Obama in Oslo. That evening, the international audience was surprised and delighted when the unlikely pairing jammed to Jean's "Gunpowder." Jean and Lang will treat audiences to a reprise performance of the song at Carnegie Hall.
"I only just met the incredible Lang Lang in Oslo at the Nobel Peace Prize concert for President Obama just a few months ago and I am I'm honored to share a stage with him again," says Wyclef Jean. "This concert will allow us even more so to raise money for a cause that is so close to my heart."
Eschenbach and Lang Lang had scheduled a 21 city North American tour celebrating their decade-long artistic collaboration, but when the devastating news of the earthquake broke, the artists felt compelled to bring their concert to New York for one night to support UNICEF's efforts in Haiti.
All of the artists have donated their fees for the evening to UNICEF, United Nations Children's Fund. UNICEF's efforts to assist with life-saving and recovery operations in Haiti is focusing on providing clean water and sanitation, therapeutic food for infants and small children, medical supplies and temporary shelter and protection, particularly for children who are separated from their parents or caregivers. Children make up some 50 per cent of the Haitian population.
The program for the evening features Beethoven's "Leonora No. 3" Overture, Op. 72a; Mozart's Piano concerto No. 17 in G Major, K.453; Prokofiev's Symphony No. 1 (Classique) in D Major, Op. 25 and Piano concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26.
Over the course of a month following this engagement, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra will tour an additional 20 cities throughout North American tour, including Chicago, Miami, Toronto, Newark, Austin, Houston, San Diego, and San Francisco.
For a complete tour schedule, visit www.CAMImusic.com/UNICEF.
Acclaimed pianist Lang Lang, Maestro Christoph Eschenbach and Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra with special guest star Wyclef Jean, play Carnegie Hall, Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 8:30 PM.
Tickets are $36-$109 through www.CarnegieHall.org, 212-247-7800 at the Carnegie Hall box office. Student and senior discount tickets are available at the box office on the day of the concert. For more information, visit www.CAMImusic.com/UNICEF.