Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Midwest Young Artists and Lang Lang Foundation

Two years ago, MYA honored international superstar pianist, Lang Lang, at our annual benefit. This has led to a collaboration between MYA and the Lang Lang Foundation. More details will be forthcoming, but I recently had the wonderful opportunity to see Lang Lang lead a special workshop of 100 young pianists on the stage of Roy Thomas Hall in Toronto. All the young pianists worked on the rythmic, yet melodious, Marche Militaire.  The workshop included the Ben and Jerry cartoon clip featuring Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, which Lang Lang said inspired him at the age of two to fall in love with the piano.  Audience members were also treated to a performance of La Campanella from his latest CD release, Lang Lang:  Liszt My Piano Hero.                   
The foundation's work is to bring the love of music to as many children as possible, and it was uplifting to see how inspired, proud and joyful the 100 young pianists who participated in this event were as they left the hall with their parents.

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