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Lang Lang starring in Franz Liszt's 200th birthday simulcast

September 19, 2011 |  2:02 pm

Lang Lang at Hollywood Bowl in 2011
Lang Lang’s showmanship and flash on the piano have earned him frequent comparisons to Franz Liszt, so it’s not surprising that Lisztomania and Langomania will intersect live on the big screen for an Oct. 22 simulcast celebrating  Liszt’s 200th birthday. 

The concert, which Southern California audiences won’t see live at 5, but on tape delay at 8, emanates from Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall, where the Philadelphia Orchestra under Charles Dutoit will accompany Lang in Liszt’s Piano Concert No. 1. Lang’s solo spot will include the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.

NCM Fathom, the outfit that also beams the LA Phil Live series to movie theaters (next up, Oct. 9, is “Dudamel conducts Mendelssohn with Janine Jensen”) and the Metropolitan Opera’s “Live in HD,”  says that Lang’s Liszt homage will be “the first classical music cinemacast headlined by a solo artist.”

More than 20 Southern California theaters are screening the performance -– some showing it Oct. 24 instead of Oct. 22. Check here for information.

Also on tap is “The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary”  staging from London’s Royal Albert Hall on Oct. 2, plus three follow-up dates.


Gustavo Dudamel and Lang Lang together for the first time

All flash and no substance?

Franz Liszt, the most intriguing of the 19th century composers?

-- Mike Boehm

Photo: Lang Lang performing at the Hollywood Bowl in July with the L.A. Phil. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times.