On November 10, 2012 the 101 Pianists took place at the world famous Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
The Kennedy Center Education Department commissions, produces, presents, and tours performances for students, teachers, adults, and families; offers professional development opportunities in the arts for teachers and artists; creates and implements model programs for use by other performing arts centers and schools; develops and encourages community and national outreach programs; fosters careers of young artists and arts managers; and provides arts education resources via satellite, the Internet, in print, and in person. Performances for school groups provide opportunities to learn, to explore, and to embrace the arts.
Students in grades K-12 participate in performance/demonstrations, rehearsals, master classes, and discussions presented by the artists and companies performing at the Kennedy Center.
100 young pianists (ages 8–18 ) were selected from the Washington DC area to play and participate in the masterclass setting together with Lang Lang on the Concert Hall stage.
They received big applause of an audience which consisted of more than 2,500 middle school and high schools kids and parents from the area, as they played Franz Schubert’s Marche Militaire No. 1 and Johannes Brahms’s Hungarian Dance No. 5 for piano four hands. At the end of the program, as big surprise for the grand finale, world known pianist and conductor, Maestro Christoph Eschenbach, came to the stage and played four hands together with Lang Lang and the 100 young pianists.
At the end of the program, each participant received a participation certificate as well as a copy of Lang Lang’s autobiography Journey of a Thousand Miles: My Story, both of which were personally signed by Lang Lang.
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