Please note: Everything in the following blockquote was from the email. These are not my words! :-)
Lang Lang’s statement regarding his performance at last week’s White House State Dinner:
“It was my great honor to be invited to perform at the White House. I played two pieces – one was from Europe and one was a beautiful traditional melody that I grew up with called ‘My Motherland.’ I am an artist first and foremost. I selected this song because it has been a favorite of mine since I was a child. It was selected for no other reason but for the beauty of its melody. As an artist, I use music to bring people together. I truly consider both America and China to be my homes and I wouldn’t be who I am today without both countries.”
I’m really not sure why this was sent to me. Did Lang Lang get criticized for playing the “traditional melody”? Am I out of touch with the news about this? It seems, from the email, that perhaps he had to defend his choice. Hmmm. Someone out there know why this would be sent to me? I can’t remember the last time I included Lang Lang in a blog. I think it might have been when he played the iPad. Oops. Nope, I’m wrong … it was about Musicians’ Parents. But I didn’t blog about his playing at the White House. (I did mean to mention that he’d be performing here at our own California Theatre, but now that’s come and gone. Oops!)
Okay, I’ve found sites that say the piece he played was anti-American, pro-Communist. But the only sites I’ve read so far are so biased I can’t link to them. If I can find a news site that isn’t (so clearly) biased (is there any news site that isn’t biased in some way?), I’ll post a link.