Pianist Lang Lang draws standing ovation at Seattle Symphony opening gala

Pianist Lang Lang performs with conductor Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony. (Photo by Alan Alabastro)

Guest pianist Lang Lang joined conductor Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony at the Seattle Symphony opening night gala on Sept. 15, which brought in a record-breaking $653,000 for education and community programming. About 2,200 attended the concert.

The concert included Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Chopin’s Nocturne in E flat major, Op. 55, No. 2, and dance and folk music by Eastern European composers including Dvorak, Bartok and Vladigerov.

At the post-concert gala, held at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle, Lang told the crowd about the importance of music education and interviewed 11-year-old pianist and Seattle Symphony Young Artist Nathan Lee.

Lang’s appearance was underwritten by Judith A. Fong through the Seattle Symphony’s Guest Artists Circle, according to a symphony press release. (end)

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