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 Associations 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 worlds 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 dEuropa 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.