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Detroit lures Lang Lang for concert, webcast

September 6, 2013

DETROIT (AP) — Superstar Chinese pianist Lang Lang will join the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for his first live webcast with a U.S. orchestra.

The orchestra announced the Sept. 28 Orchestra Hall concert Friday. The one-night performance featuring Sergei Prokofiev’s “Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major” can be viewed on the orchestra’s website and a free mobile app.

Earlier that week, the ensemble will perform a program at New York’s Lincoln Center. Orchestra officials say that marks another milestone. It will be the first time a major U.S. orchestra has played a full stateside concert of music by a single composer of Chinese descent.

Lang came to the U.S. in 1997 as a 15-year-old prodigy from provincial China and has since performed across the globe.

The performance is part of a three-week series of Chinese-related programming by the orchestra. The group kicks off its classical season Oct. 4 with the world premiere of a violin concerto by Bright Sheng, a Chinese composer, and the following weekend, Chinese-American pianist Conrad Tao will perform Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 1.”

The series grew out of relationships the orchestra’s management and members have cultivated with China’s Central Conservatory of Music, according to Erik Ronmark, the Detroit ensemble’s artistic administrator.

Christopher Stager, a marketing consultant for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Central Conservatory’s Beijing Modern Music Festival, also credits the efforts of the orchestra’s music director, Leonard Slatkin.

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