Pianist prodigy at Coronado Oct. 26

The New York Times said he had “startling virtuosity” and The Cincinnati Enquirer called him the “most spectacular pianist of the younger generation.”

Lang Lang, the Chinese-born superstar pianist, will open the Rockford Coronado Concert Association’s 69th season at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 26, at the Coronado Theatre, 314 N. Main St.

A limited number of season subscriptions for $60 for five concerts are available by calling 968-9863. A limited number of single tickets are available for $40 by calling CentreEvents at 968-5222.

Twenty-two-year-old Lang Lang has performed with the world’s leading orchestras and given recitals at prestigious music halls around the world.

He began his piano studies at the age of 3 in Shenyang, China, and came to the United States to study at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia at age 15. He had an extraordinary career breakthrough when he was 17, with a dramatic last-minute substitution for André Watts at the Ravinia Festival.

Chicago Tribune music critic John von Rhein called him the “most exciting young keyboard talent I have encountered.”

The 2004-2005 season also features Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano; Teatro Lirico d’Europa performing Carmen; Canadian Brass; and the Russian National Ballet Theatre of Moscow performing Sleeping Beauty. Call 968-9863 for more information.

The RCCA has nearly 2,000 subscribers from northern Illinois. It is governed by a local volunteer board of directors and has served the community since 1936.

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