Lang Lang Discusses His Amazing Life with Sarah Cahill

When: Tue., Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m. 2009

No every classical music critic has cottoned on to Lang Lang, a twenty-seven-year-old Chinese pianist who gave his first public recital at age 5, and wound up playing for the Beijing Olympics twenty-one years later. His taste may come into question, but there's no doubting his virtuosity or technical mastery. More importantly, Lang Lang has an absolutely fascinating autobiography. Raised by parents whose own musical careers were thwarted by the Cultural Revolution, Lang Lang was burdened, early on, with being a torchbearer. He apparently gravitated to piano as a toddler, and suffered derision from various teachers all the way up through his apprenticeship at Beijing's Central Conservatory of Music. He's written it all down in the new book Journey of a Thousand Miles, which he'll present Tuesday when he sits down with local pianist (and one-time East Bay Express contributor) Sarah Cahill. They'll grace the stage of UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. $20 ($10 for students). IEAS.Berkeley.edu/events

Rachel Swan

Price: $10-$20

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