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Piano Man

If the worlds of classical music and sports stardom were to collide, one can say that Lang Lang is the pianist version of Tiger Woods or Roger Federer. Renowned for imbuing classical piano with gymnastic dynamism, Lang Lang’s dazzling virtuosity has earned him the spotlight (including The TIME 100 Most
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Smooth Criminal

As written in the script, “The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer” is “a stage-play for a Baroque-Orchestra, two sopranos and one actor.” As seen on stage, the show is a full art experience. Presented by John Malkovich and writer/director Michael Sturminger, it is an intriguing format of orchestral
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Mariinsky

Mariinsky Orchestra graces Zellerbach Hall

The notes emanating from the string section of the Mariinsky Orchestra danced through the air of Zellerbach Hall like ballerinas showing off their most stylish spins and twirls. Vivid and commanding, the ensemble seized the attention of the audience immediately as it launched into Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1. Like a
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Ensemble dazzles with visions of violence based on ancient Khmer tale

A spectacle of vibrant costumes and poised hand gestures, Khmer Arts Ensemble’s “The Lives of Giants” at Zellerbach Hall is entrancing to behold. The minimalist set, comprised of a bluish-green backdrop with lily pad silhouettes, allowed the dancers’ colorful clothing to dominate the visuals. Most of the cast is garbed
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A touch of class

Bay Area Classical Music

If you ask a typical college student what his or her plans are for the weekend, chances are they don’t include classical music. But what with the San Francisco Symphony kicking off its 2011-2012 season, and with first-rate classical performances coming up at Cal’s own Zellerbach Hall, classical music should
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