Roy Thomson Hall and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
THE CHINA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
with LANG LANG
Roy Thomson Hall
Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $32.00 - $110.00 - Call 416-872-4255 or visit the
Roy Thomson Hall Box Office
Toronto, ON, February 22, 2005 - The China
Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Long Yu, will appear with young
piano sensation Lang Lang on Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 8:00 p.m. at Roy
Thomson Hall. The Western and Chinese repertoire includes Rachmaninoff’s
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Schoenberg’s orchestration of Brahms’ Piano
Quartet No. 1, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Overture to "The Tsar’s Bride", and Hua
Yanjun (A’bing) (trans. Wu Zuqiang) Moon Reflected on the Erquan Fountain.
This spectacular event is a co-presentation between the Corporation of
Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
The China Philharmonic Orchestra was established in 2000.
Under managing and artistic director Long Yu, the Orchestra inaugurated its
artistic activities with a concert in Beijing on December 16, 2000. Its
predecessor, the renowned China Broadcasting Symphony, was one of the first
symphony orchestras to be founded in China after 1949. The China
Philharmonic Orchestra is made up of 120 musicians from China and other
parts of the world. Viewed as one of the most significant symphony
orchestras in Asia, the China Philharmonic Orchestra is known for promoting
masterpieces of Chinese symphonic music throughout the world and for
presenting the works of European and American composers to Chinese
audiences. It has collaborated with world class conductors,
instrumentalists, and singers including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Julian
Lloyd Webber, and Placido Domingo. The China Philharmonic Orchestra has
toured Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, and the United States, and recorded two
CDs on the Deutsche Grammophon label.
Since making his dramatic debut in 1999 with Chicago
Symphony at age 17, Lang Lang’s thrilling virtuosic piano playing has taken
the world by storm. Acclaimed in the major concert halls of North America,
Europe and Asia, Lang Lang-at the age of 22-has demonstrated an
extraordinary ability to connect with audiences on a deeply personal level
and has established himself as one of the most exciting pianists of our
time. Lang Lang’s talent and personality make him an ideal ambassador for
classical music and a role model for young people. He has performed live on
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Sesame Street. He is the first Chinese
pianist to be engaged by the Berlin Philharmonic and all "Big Five" American
orchestras. In 2004 he took up his duties as UN Goodwill Ambassador with a
visit to Tanzania, further expanded his devoted fan base with a triumphant
concert tour of Australia and New Zealand, and topped the classical charts
(and even entered the German pop charts) with his Lang Lang Live at Carnegie
Tickets: $32.00 - $110.00
Call the Roy Thomson Hall box office at 416 593 4828
or order online at www.roythomson.com .
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Toronto Symphony Orchestra
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