At a glance: Japan

World renowned pianist Lang Lang gives a concert to honour UNICEF’s supporters in Japan

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Lang Lang shares his experience as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador with Dr. Agnes Chan Miling (left), Japan’s National Ambassador to UNICEF.

By Shinichi Miyata

TOKYO, 26 May 2005 – World-renowned Chinese pianist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Lang Lang, recently held a piano recital dedicated to the numerous Japanese citizens who have lent their support to UNICEF over the years.

Lang Lang, currently on tour throughout Japan, found time in his busy schedule to perform a two-hour show free of charge at the auditorium hall of the Japan National Committee for UNICEF. The audience was mesmerized by Lang Lang’s performance and his gentle yet passionate interpretations ranging from Chopin to Chinese folk songs and popular Japanese musical.

After the concert, Lang Lang got a chance to share his experience as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador with Dr. Agnes Chan Miling, Japan’s National Ambassador to UNICEF.

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© UNICEF Japan/2005
Lang Lang dedicates this concert to the numerous Japanese citizens who have lent their support to UNICEF over the years.

Since being appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in May 2004, Lang Lang has been active in his work on behalf of the children of the world. Last year he travelled on a field trip to Tanzania, raising awareness about the threats of malaria and HIV/AIDS facing Tanzania’s children. Wherever he goes, Lang Lang’s unique musical talent helps spread UNICEF’s message.

Since 1999, Japan National Committee has annually been one of the top donors for UNICEF among its 37 National Committees. The government of Japan donated 70 million dollars to UNICEF Tsunami Relief, by far the largest single donation. The Japan National Committee for UNICEF also recently celebrated its 50th year anniversary.

Lang Lang will stay in Japan until 7 June, to complete a series of concerts in several major cities, including Yokohama, Kyoto, Tokyo and Osaka.


 

 

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