Lang Lang performs in Sarasota

February 20, 2014 

Lang Lang will perform at the Van Wezel on Feb. 28.PUBLICITY PHOTO

There's perhaps no bigger star in the classical music world these days than Lang Lang.

The 31-year-old Chinese-born pianist draws the kind of reviews that seem to have been written by a publicist, not a critic.

He's known for a rare combination of brash and exciting showmanship, impeccable technique and unsurpassed emotionality.

He's mastered other musical genres besides classical too. He has played pop singer Katharine McPhee, jazz legend Herbie Hancock (on a memorable performance of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" at the Grammy Awards) and heavy metal giants Metallica (performing their song "One," also at the Grammys)..

But you can count on his Sarasota concert, scheduled for Wed., Feb. 26 at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, to be devoted to the classical music that has made him a superstar.

Lang's concerts have packed some of the most prestigious concert halls in the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York and the Royal Albert Hall in London. But those crowds were tiny compared to the estimated billion people around the world who watched him perform at the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Details: 8 p.m. Feb. 28, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets: $70-$95 Information: 941-953-3368, www.vanwezel.org.

--Marty Clear

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