On Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 8pm GMT, the Lang Lang International Music Foundation™ (LLIMF) will host its first virtual concert, Lang Lang & Friends: Reaching Dreams Through Music. The broadcast will premiere on Lang Lang’s official YouTube channel and will be distributed through media partners worldwide.
The virtual concert will feature many special guests including Lang Langand his wife, pianist Gina Alice; Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, Sam Smith; Academy Award-winning director, Ron Howard; celebrated musician and television personality, Jon Batiste; decorated ballet dancer Misty Copeland; Grammy Award-winning jazz musician, Diana Krall; Grammy Award-winning rapper, Wyclef Jean; and Grammy Award-winning opera singer, Renée Fleming. The YoungPeople’s Chorus of NYCwill also feature along with the LLIMF Young Scholars and Junior Music Camp Music Ambassadors.
In Lang Lang & Friends: Reaching Dreams Through Music, the artists will tell stories of the way music shaped their childhood and lives. Featured artists will perform songs that have influenced them, shaped their careers, and hold deep meaning and personal significance. They will share the formative role music has played while inviting the audience to reflect on the same.
The concert also highlights the impact of music in the lives of children around the world, while advocating for equitable access to music education. The broadcast will culminate in a grand finale featuring Lang Lang playing virtually alongside over thirty young pianists from around the world and theYoung People’s Chorus of NYC.
Founded in 2008 by Lang Lang, the Lang Lang International Music Foundation™ (LLIMF) strives to educate, inspire, and motivate the next generation of music lovers and performers. Their unique programs encourage music performance at all levels as a means of social and emotional development for today’s youth. By igniting a child’s passion for music, the foundation is helping children worldwide aim for a better future.
For twelve years, the Foundation has successfully implemented music education programmes benefiting children across the world including Keys of Inspiration™, 101 Pianists™, Young Scholars™ and Play It Forward™.
LLIMF believes that music education should be fun and accessible for all students. Their programmes are creating a dynamic shift across the world, changing the expectation of how music education should look and giving young people the opportunity to excel in their chosen disciplines.