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Lang Lang announces virtual concert

Wyclef Jean and Sam Smith are among musical guests

On December 12th, renowned pianist Lang Lang is hosting Lang Lang & Friends Virtual Concert: Reaching Dreams Through Music. The livestream features performances by the world-renowned classical pianist and other guest artists such as Wyclef Jean, Sam Smith, Renee Fleming, director Ron Howard, Jon Batiste, The LLIMF Young Pianists, The Young People’s Choir of NYC, and more.

The free virtual concert will air at 3 pm EDT, and comes presented by Lang Lang International Music Foundation (LLIMF); an organization dedicated to furthering music education in today’s youth.

Aside from performances, the virtual concert will feature stories from each guest performer on the way music shaped their childhood and lives, while also advocating for equitable access to music education. Participants will also get to hear from LLIMF students, on the many ways music has played a role in their lives.

Lang Lang will be the subject of an upcoming, yet-untitled biopic based on his memoir Journey of a Thousand Miles by Lang and David Ritz. Howard will direct the film with Lang Lang and Jean-Jacques Cesbron acting as executive producers with Polygram Entertainment’s Michele Anthony and David Blackman.

Journey of a Thousand Miles traces Lang Lang’s extraordinary life story, from his childhood in the provincial city of Shenyang in Northern China to the peak of the global classic music industry. Along the way, Lang’s family sacrificed almost everything to help their talented son succeed.

The biopic is set to shoot in China and the U.S. in both Mandarin and English. Filming has yet to begin and no release date has been given as of press time.