Lang Lang with Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Gala Benefit Evening | Britten Centennial | Verdi Bicentennial | Wagner Bicentennial

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
James Conlon, Conductor
Lang Lang, Piano

Saturday, July 27, 2013
3:30 PM
Donor Gates Open
4:00 PM
Public Gates Open
7:00 PM
Concert Starts

Reserved $25
Lawn $10

Be sure to visit the restaurants in Ravinia's dining pavilion to sample special menu items by Guest Chef Erik Freeberg from Bar Toma, voted "Best Pizzaria in the Country" by Esquire magazine. Reservations are recommended.

FREE Composer Cards for the first 500 guests in the park!




Overture to La forza del destino ("The Force of Destiny")




Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15

Allegro con brio
Rondo: Allegro scherzando




March from Matinées musicales, Op. 24 *




Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26

Tema con variazioni
Allegro ma non troppo




“Ride of the Valkyries” from Die Walküre

*First performance at Ravinia

Program Notes

“In my heart, I knew it was the beginning of something new, the beginning of a new life.” That’s what piano phenomenon Lang Lang wrote in his memoir about his life-changing debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia’s 1999 Gala. Since that unforgettable evening, Lang Lang has become the biggest thing to happen to the piano since Franz Liszt. This year he returns on July 27 for another unforgettable Gala to perform not one but two concertos—a double dose of the incandescent magic that launched the career of the pianist the New York Times has dubbed the “hottest artist on the classical music planet.” This is a benefit concert hosted by the Women’s Board of Ravinia Festival to support the festival and its educational activities.


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