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Critically Acclaimed Pianist Lang Lang Makes His Los Angeles Recital Debut At UCLA's Schoenberg Hall Jan. 27

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UCLA Performing Arts presents Lang Lang in his Los Angeles piano recital debut at UCLA's Schoenberg Hall at 8 p.m. on Saturday, January 27. This concert will feature a CenterStage discussion at 7 p.m. with Lang Lang and Dr. Milton Stern, professor emeritus, California State University, Los Angeles.

Lang Lang will perform Handel's Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430; Chopin's Sonata No. 3, Op. 58 in B minor; Scriabin's Etudes (Op. 2 No. 1, Op. 8 No. 2, Op. 8 No. 3, Op. 8 No. 11, Op. 8 No. 10, Op. 8 No. 8, Op. 8 No. 12, Op. 42 No. 4, Op. 42 No. 3, Op. 65 No.3); Tchaikovsky's Dumka Op. 59 and Nocturne in C# minor; and Balakirev's Islamey (Fantasie Orientale).

Eighteen-year-old pianist Lang Lang is an artist of maturity and depth well beyond his years. In October 1998 he made his U.S. debut performing Beethoven's Choral Fantasy with Alan Gilbert conducting the Baltimore Symphony.

In August 1999 Lang Lang's career took a major leap forward when, on two days' notice, he replaced an ailing Andre Watts at the Ravinia Festival's Gala Concert to perform the first movement of the Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto with Christoph Eschenbach conducting the Chicago Symphony. The response was immediate and unanimous and the Ravinia Festival re-engaged him for a performance with the Symphony in the summer of 2000.

Coincidentally, in March 2000 it was also in Chicago where, on short notice, Lang Lang substituted in recital for Richard Goode at Orchestra Hall. On this occasion the Chicago Tribune called him the biggest, most exciting young keyboard talent encountered in years.

Lang Lang's 2000–01 season includes his Carnegie Hall debut with Yuri Temirkanov and the Baltimore Symphony, and his London and Russian debuts with Maestro Temirkanovand the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. The season also includes engagements with the San Francisco, St. Louis, Dallas, Phoenix and Vancouver Symphonies.

Lang Lang performed with the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Festival, Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap and at the Aspen and Marlboro Music Festivals in the summer of 2000.

Born in Shen Yang, China, Lang Lang began his piano studies at the age of three at the Music College. At the age of nine he entered the China Central Music Conservatory, where he studied with Professor Zhao Ping-Guo. Excelling in all aspects of his classes, he was accepted in 1997 into the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he currently studies with American pianist Gary Graffman, the Director of the Institute.

This performance is sponsored, in part, by The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and the Henry Mancini Endowment and KMZT-105.1 FM.

Tickets to Lang Lang are available for $25 and $9 (UCLA students with a valid I.D.) at the UCLA Central Ticket Office at the southwest corner of the James West Alumni Center, online at (http://www. performingarts.ucla.edu) and at all Ticketmaster outlets. For more information or to charge by phone, call (310) 825-2101.

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