Log In   ·   Become A Member
http://www.hamptons.com/gallery/ads/2145.gif

Lang Lang International Music Foundation Presents Hamptons Concert

Lee Fryd

Maxim Lando (seated) and Chelsea Guo. (Photo: Richard Lewin)

The Lang Lang International Music Foundation and Christopher Burch invited a select group to a garden picnic for a plein air concert given by three protégées of the great pianist and products of his Foundation. The evening reminded us of a Hollywood version of heaven: white flowers blooming everywhere; beautiful people sipping Dom Perignon and the transcendent music of talented youth filling the sky.

Just listen, we were told. The evening's aim was to inspire guests to love and support the music, just as the Foundation's aim is to inspire all children to love and be supported by it. "We believe that music has the power to make the world a better place," Chief Executive Officer Leszek Lukas Barwinski-Brown said. "Lang Lang created the organization ten years ago with the hope that all children should have access to music education and to music without regard for background." In South Los Angeles, for example, when they began the program, there was only one music teacher for the entire community school system.

"The biggest difference between us and every other foundation in this country," Barwinski-Brown continued, "our program is in the curriculum of every school with which we collaborate. It is not after school. It is not Saturday. It is in the classroom. And this September, we will teach 24,000 children in 60 schools across the country." Lang Lang handpicks and mentors their Young Scholars Program. Program graduates Chelsea Gao, Maxim Lando and Clayton Stephenson, performed.

Leszek Lukas Barwinski-Brown and Chris Burch. (Photo: Richard Lewin)


"I joined when I was around 10 or 11," Maxim Lando told the room. "These have been the best years of my life. The friendships I've made, the different places they've sent me, the concerts, connections: It's crazy."

We were also treated to a comedic turn by Burch, which turned the standard charity speech on its head. "I'm actually tone deaf," he deadpanned. "I don't play any instrument, actually can't remember any songs and grew up listening to talk radio. So, why I'm standing here is beyond me. I guess I just want to show off my flowers. I have a lot of insecurities."

For more information: langlangfoundation.org.


MORE PHOTOS:




Related Articles:

Be the first to comment on this article. (Just fill out the form below)
 

Submit Your Comment

Please note, you are not currently logged in. Your comment will be submitted as a guest.
To submit your comment as a member, please click here.
Your Name:
Location:*
Comments:*
* Comments will be reviewed and posted in a timely fashion
* All fields are required
Question:*
What color is the sky?
(For spam prevention, thanks)
 
 
 
http://www.hamptons.com/gallery/ads/2252.gif
http://www.hamptons.com/gallery/ads/2229.gif
http://www.hamptons.com/gallery/ads/2090.gif
Rosehip Partners Real Estate
Properties In The Hamptons
http://www.rosehippartners.com/

BNB Bank
For over 100 years Bridgehampton Bank has been the East End's hometown bank. Many success stories...one bank, BNB!

CP Complete- Landscape Design & Construction
Paul Guillo And Chris Hall Two Of The Most Respected Names In The Community Together, they are partners in CP Complete. They bring their years of experience and integrity to creating and renovating luxury backyards.

Brown Harris Stevens is the quintessential luxury real estate firm, with a history of leadership and a culture of professionalism and discretion dating back to 1873
Brown Harris Stevens is the quintessential luxury real estate firm, with a history of leadership and a culture of professionalism and discretion dating back to 1873. At every level of Brown Harris Stevens, you will find highly experienced, knowledgeable experts, single-mindedly devoted to your interests and your satisfaction. With offices in the Hamptons, New York City, Palm Beach, and Miami our brokers are exceptional - leading the field with the quality of their work ethic, their outstanding success rate and the sheer quantity of their transactions.

Southrifty Drug 54 Jagger Lane, Southampton Village
Southrifty Drug is a small, neighborhood pharmacy with limited shelf space, and we have to be very selective about which over-the-counter items we carry. As a result you'll find a no nonsense concentration of very effective, high quality and useful products on our shelves. In this new section, we feature a number of these products that we feel are especially worthy of your consideration.