Lang Lang plays hero Liszt with Philly orchestra

October 23, 2011 - 12:51 PM
Lang Lang Loves Liszt

Pianist Lang Lang poses for a photograph before he rehearses with chief conductor Charles Dutoit and the Philadelphia Orchestra Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011 in Philadelphia. Lang, 29 from China, is joining the symphony for three performances of Liszt's famed Piano Concerto No. 1 along with other selections. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Chinese superstar pianist Lang Lang (long long) is celebrating the 200th birthday of his hero composer Franz Liszt (list) by playing a concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra that will be broadcast live in movie theaters around the world.

It's a homecoming of sorts for the 29-year-old phenomenon, who was born in China but lived in Philadelphia for a decade. He attended the exclusive Curtis Institute of Music, a few blocks from where he's taking the stage at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

Lang Lang is joining the orchestra and conductor Charles Dutoit (do-TWAH') for three performances of Liszt's famed Piano Concerto No. 1 along with other selections. Saturday's performance will be simulcast in movie theaters in Europe and the United States.

The Hungarian Liszt died in 1886.