White House spokesman Tommy Vietor told ABC News that “any suggestion that this was an insult to the United States is just flat wrong. As Lang Lang has stated before, he plays this song regularly because it is one of his favorite Chinese melodies, which is very widely known and popular in China for its melody. Lang Lang played the song without lyrics or reference to any political themes during the entertainment portion of the State Dinner. He simply stated the song’s title and noted it was well known in China.”
Source: ABC News
I was deeply honored to have been invited to perform at the White House recently. The two pieces I played were, one, Maurice Ravel’s “Ma mere l’Oye” (Mother Goose) for four hands, the other, a Chinese piece called “My Motherland”. I selected this song because it has been a favorite of mine since I was a child. It was selected for no other reason but for the beauty of its melody.
I am, first and foremost, an artist. As such, I play music to bring people together.
Click the link below for Lang Lang's Interview with Phoenix. The interview is in Chinese.
Fox News recently talked with Lang Lang about performing at the State Dinner for the President and other guests. Click the link below to watch the streaming video on the Fox News Website
Here’s the short answer: Yes. Lang Lang was spectacular at Copley Symphony Hall Friday.
So was the San Diego Symphony and conductor Jahja Ling in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2.
The first of three sold-out programs with Lang Lang playing a different concerto by a different composer in each concert, this was a night to remember.
From My San Antonio
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Superstar pianist Lang Lang delivered on his global fame and more in his performance Wednesday night at the Majestic Theatre.
The sold-out audience leapt to its feet upon the riveting, triumphant conclusion of the Sergei Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 with the San Antonio Symphony that brought a long-anticipated concert to an impressive ending.