Lang Lang, the world’s most popular classical pianist, scheduled to perform at the Charlotte Symphony’s opening night gala next month, has cancelled that performance.
The Symphony announced Thursday that Yefim Bronfman will step in, instead, for the Sept. 12 event at Belk Theater in Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.
Lang Lang cancelled all concerts scheduled through the middle of September because of an inflammation in his left arm, on a doctor’s recommendation, the Symphony said in a news release.
He had planned to play Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto at the event, Sept. 12. Music director Christopher Warren-Green, with whom Lang Lang had recorded Nigel Hess’ Piano Concerto in 2008, said in the news release, “Of course I am concerned for my friend Lang Lang as he works through his injury, and we wish him a very speedy recovery,” and called Bronfman “truly one of the titans of piano performance.”
His willingness to step in, said Warren-Green, “is an incredible compliment to the quality of our orchestra here in Charlotte.” Bronfman, a Grammy winner (and six-time nominee) who debuted with the Symphony about 25 years ago, will play the scheduled piece.
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