Jazz and Classical Pairing

On Tuesday Chinese pianist, Lang Lang, and jazz legend, Herbie Hancock, took the stage at Ravinia for what must have been a terrific concert.  See the pic of Hancock’s purple suit and read the review over at Chicago Classical Review.

The alliance works because the two share more qualities than is initially apparent. First, both artists don’t discount the elements of fashion and style, and Hancock’s shades and striking indigo suit seemed a nice companion to Lang Lang’s glamtastic waxed hair and dapper black two-piece. Secondly, Hancock’s career launched after he played the opening movement of Mozart Concerto No. 5 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra when he was only 11. Lang Lang similarly found stardom when he performed the first movement of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto with the CSO in 1999. It was clear Chicago-native Hancock was speaking for the two of them when he said, “It’s good to be home.”

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