Tickets are now on sale for the Jacksonville Symphony’s 2017 gala featuring celebrated Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang.
To be held Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, the “Valentines in Verona” gala will feature a program that includes Berlioz’s Selections from Romeo and Juliet, Prokofiev’s Selections from Romeo and Juliet and Lang Lang performing Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 2. The concert will mark the first Jacksonville appearance by the performer dubbed “the hottest artist on the classical music planet” by The New York Times.
“We are excited to be able to present (Lang Lang’s) artistry in a Valentine’s Day program that will be the highlight of our season,” said Robert Massey, president and CEO of the Jacksonville Symphony.
Lang Lang’s past performances include the final game of the 2014 World Cup in Rio; the 56th and 57th GRAMMY Awards, where he performed with Metallica and Pharrell Williams; the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where more than 4 billion people around the world viewed his performance; the Last Night of the Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall; and the Liszt 200th birthday concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Charles Dutoit, which was broadcast live in more than 300 movie theaters around the United States and 200 cinemas across Europe.
“I know that this concert will be a sell-out,” Music Director Courtney Lewis said. “It is such a special opportunity to be in the hall to hear Lang Lang. It is definitely the ‘don’t miss’ of our concert season.”
The Valentines in Verona concert is sponsored by Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and Florida Blue. Tickets for the concert only range from $75 to $125 per person. Gala table tickets, which include a pre-concert reception, concert ticket and dinner, are $500. For tickets or more information, visit jaxsymphony.org or call the box office at (904) 354-5547.