Lang Lang Concert to be Telecast in Times Square Oct. 25

Classic Arts News   Lang Lang Concert to be Telecast in Times Square Oct. 25
A performance of the Yellow River Piano Concerto by Lang Lang and the China Philharmonic under Long Yu will be broadcast on giant screens in Times Square on October 25 at 7 p.m., reports The New York Times.

The concert, which was given on September 28 at the Poly Theatre in Beijing, celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Beijing Music Festival and will also be simulcast on WQXR 96.3 FM.

The concerto is based on Xian Xinghai's nationalistic Yellow River Cantata (1939) and was arranged for piano and orchestra by Yin Chengzong at the end of the Culutral Revolution in 1969.

A student of d'Indy and Dukas during his twenties, Xian (1905-45) later studied in Moscow like many other Chinese composers. His works are populist and usually incorporate folk melodies, his harmonic language highly western despite attempts to develop a more authentic Chinese style.

Lang Lang, who is a major star in China, is a central figure at this year's Beijing Music Festival, performing ten different piano concertos over the course of the five-week event. The festival closes on October 26 with a gala featuring Lang Lang playing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with conductor Christoph Eschenbach and the Orchestre de Paris.

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