Internationally renowned pianist Lang Lang is slated to host the Grammy Salute to Classical Music Celebrating the Legacy of Leonard Bernstein on Friday, January 26, 2018, at Carnegie Hall. Co-produced by the Recording Academy and CAMI Music, the salute is part of the Grammy week celebration leading up to the telecast on Sunday, January 28.
Grammy-nominated Lang Lang will introduce an array of artists on the Perelman Stage, including Grammy-winning soprano Isabel Leonard; jazz and R&B artist Ledisi; hip-hop and R&B singer/songwriter Kiana Brown; Spanish guitarist Pablo Sáinz-Villegas; and the dynamic, genre defying ensemble Time for Three.
This concert is also part of the two-year celebration, Leonard Bernstein at 100, which began in September 2017 and continues through August 2019. It seeks to highlight the maestro’s legacy by spotlighting his groundbreaking accomplishments in music, as well as his commitment to education and activism through music. Leonard Bernstein received 16 Grammy Awards during his long and distinguished career.
Following in the philanthropic footsteps of Bernstein, Lang Lang, through his Lang Lang International Music Foundation, will provide tickets to over 1,000 students to attend this performance.
Lang Lang stated, “I am proud to be hosting this special Grammy week event that not only encourages music education but helps musicians gain valuable exposure. In celebrating the legacy of Leonard Bernstein, I hope to carry on his mission to cultivate opportunities for young musicians to create, play and perform together.”