On November 8 - next Tuesday - the world renowned classical pianist Lang Lang will perform at the Scotiabank Giller Prize Gala. At just 29 years old, the Chinese pianist has been called the 'hottest artist on the classical music planet' by the New York Times. It really is an honour to have him perform at the gala, and he has said 'I am thrilled to support this celebration of literature, and I look forward to uniting my passion for both music and cultural literacy at the Giller Prize.'
Considering who Lang has performed for in the past, it's sure to be a special night. Numerous dignitaries worldwide have enjoyed his music, the likes of Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth II, Kofi Annan, Prince Charles, Putin and Sarkozy among many others. He's sold out the Carnegie Hall in New York and performed at London's Royal Albert Hall, as well as with top worldwide orchestra's including the Vienna Philharmonic, frequently considered the finest in the world. And you can watch this performance of Lang Lang in Vienna:
Lang Lang will be sharing the stage with the six finalists selected by the esteemed jury made up of some of the world's best literary minds including award-winning Canadian writer and 2009 Giller Prize finalist Annabel Lyon, American author, memoirist and Guggenheim fellow Howard Norman, and acclaimed UK playwright and prize-winning novelist, Andrew O'Hagan. The event is hosted by Q's Jian Ghomeshi and the six finalists in with a chance of winning the $50,000 prize are David Bezmozgis (The Free World), Lynn Coady (The Antagonist), Patrick deWitt (The Sisters Brothers), Esi Edugyan (Half Blood Blues), Michael Ondaatje (The Cat's Table) and Zsuzsi Gartner (Better Living Through Plastic Explosions).
On November 8, It's all live on CBC. The event itself will be broadcast as-it-happens on CBC's Bold channel at 9pm (9.30 NT) (during the whole month of November, Bold is free - so everyone can watch it live) and then rebroadcast at 11.05pm (11.35 NT) on CBC TV.
If you want to see more Lang Lang, check out this video of him in concert in San Francisco, during the first of his three encores he came on stage with an iPad and played Flight of the Bumblebee: