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Las Vegas, NV – The Smith Center, a world class performing arts center in Las Vegas, Nevada, just celebrated its one year anniversary. This year it has hosted some of the best musicians in the world and on April 29, 2013, one of the world’s most gifted pianists, Lang Lang, gave a recital of Mozart Sonatas and Chopin Ballades.
Lang Lang was born in China in 1982, and it’s a wonder how hearing a Liszt piece as background to a cartoon at the age of two awakened the musical genius inside him. He promptly started taking piano lessons at the age of three. When he was five years old he won the Shenyang Piano Competition. At eleven, the boy prodigy won the International Young Pianists Competition in Germany. By seventeen years of age, Lang Lang had soloed with the Chicago Symphony and began his rise to international fame and touring the world. Since then he has been awarded two Honorary Doctorates of Music, one from the Royal College of Music and one from the Manhattan School of Music. How wonderful it was to have him perform at one of the newest leading performing arts centers in the United States, The Smith Center in Las Vegas.
Only adjectives and strong feelings can describe his performance of Mozart and Chopin that evening. Powerful, dynamic, speed, emotion, perfection and gratitude come to mind. No one could have made the Steinway and Sons piano work as hard and give so much to the audience as Lang Lang did. He’s a master at getting the most out of the famous piano. Of note was his use of the pedal and powerful hand attacks that seemed to touch every key on the Steinway and startle people up from their seats. Standing ovations occurred after almost every piece. If you have a chance to hear Lang Lang play, don’t miss him. His concert schedule can be seen at www.langlang.com.
Marie Eisele – Journalist WorldNewsVine
Mark Eisele – Journalist WorldNewsVine