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After his polished performance at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, piano prodigy Lang Lang is back in Shanghai. This time he's performing for the on-going nationwide charity concert series featuring celebrated Chinese musicians. Apart from playing concertos from his usual repertory, Lang Lang also invited young music lovers to join him on stage.
Local Shanghai citizens were invited to enjoy this concert, free of charge. Several piano buffs were even encouraged to step onto the stage, and mingle with their idol.
Lang Lang, said, "I'm glad to participate events like this. The music amateurs visualize the future of classical music in China."
The concert, in collaboration with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, encompassed not only western works, but also Chinese numbers such as "The Butterfly Lovers" and "Jasmine Flowers" to cater to the tastes of the younger generation in China.
27-year old Lang Lang is the first Chinese pianist to collaborate with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras. As an "image ambassador" for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, Lang Lang said he's deeply impressed by China's booming cultural industry.
Lang Lang, said, "I'm excited that my country is developing at an incredible speed, and I'm glad I can be a part of it. This is an exciting era, and I want to do my bit to contribute to China's prosperity, and introduce Chinese culture to an international audience around the globe."
Lang Lang said he hopes more children who are fond of music can be exposed to a fine musical environment, and he calls for more Chinese musicians to join him in cultivating a new crop of talents.