Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts will debut its "Orchestra in HD" series of high-definition broadcasts with a showing of "Gala from Berlin" on Sunday, Dec. 16. The broadcast, with Sir Simon Rattle conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker and featuring pianist Lang Lang, will be shown at 3 p.m. at the center, 1073 N. Benson Road.
The performance was recorded in high-definition at the orchestra's home concert hall, the Philharmonie, in Berlin, Germany, on Dec. 31, 2009, according to a release.
The orchestra, under Rattle, musical director, and Lang, 2009-2010 artist-in-residence, perform in a gala concert featuring "Second Piano Concerto" by Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov and "The Nutcracker" by Russian composer Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky. The program also includes "Etude No. 1, Op. 25" by Frederic Chopin, the release states.
Lang began playing piano at the age of 3, and by the age of 5, he had won the Shenyang Competition and had given his first public recital. Entering Beijing's Central Music Conservatory at age 9, he won first prize at the Tchaikovsky International Young Musicians Competition and played the complete 24 Chopin Études at the Beijing Concert Hall at age 13.
At age 17, he was called upon for a last-minute substitution at the "Gala of the Century," playing a Tchaikovsky concerto with the Chicago Symphony. Following this debut, he performed concerts around the world, the release states.
Rattle, born in Liverpool, England, and having studied at London's Royal Academy of Music, was named chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker and artistic director of Philharmonie Berlin in 2002. He was knighted by the Queen of England in 1994, the release states.
His other distinctions include the Shakespeare Prize by the Toepfer-Foundation Hamburg, the Albert Medal of the Royal Society of Arts, the Schiller Spezial Prize from the city of Mannheim, and the Comenius Prize for his commitment to the education-project.
The Berliner Philharmoniker, founded in 1882 as the Berliner Philharmonisches Orchester, consists of 128 musicians.