The Kids Are All Right

Items you can purchase in Lang Lang's online store: a Steinway piano, a silk scarf with a piano pattern, and black Adidas sneakers with gold stripes. Who's Lang Lang? He's a child prodigy Chinese pianist. Now 27 years old, he has played for kings and queens, helped score Hollywood films such as The Painted Veil, performed at the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony, and accompanied some of the world's top orchestras. And as the presence of hip sneakers in his online inventory indicates, he has a cult following of classical music fans that includes — gasp — teenagers. Reportedly, his mussed-up heartthrob hair and musical prowess have inspired 40 million Chinese children to take up the piano.

Lang Lang performs this Monday at the Arsht Center's Knight Concert Hall, along with the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra, which was founded by Leonard Bernstein and comprises the world's best musicians under the age of 27. This is what the future sounds like.
Mon., March 29, 8 p.m., 2010

 
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