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Skaters hit the ice as a pianist hits the keys

WITH a young talented pianist playing classical pieces while the world's top figure skaters dance on ice, local audiences will be embraced by a pleasantly "cool" audio and visual experience this summer.

"Art On Ice," the popular ice-skating and music performance, will land at Shanghai's Mercedes-Benz Arena in the Pudong New Area on June 18-19.

Chinese pianist Lang Lang will lead the musical cast.

He will play classical Western music pieces including works by Chopin, Rachmanninoff and Liszt, as well as Chinese pieces "Autumn Moon over the Calm Lake" by Chen Peixun and "Colorful Clouds Chasing after the Moon" by Wang Jianzhong.

"All of the music pieces on the list this time are classics with beautiful melody, which I believe will be suitable for the figure skating performances," says Lang.

First staged in Switzerland in 1995, Art on Ice has won great popularity with its concept of "a perfect combination of music and ice dancing."

Most of the ice skaters are world champions or finished in the top three in international winter games events; and guest performers have included well-known musicians such as violinists Vanessa Mae and David Garrett, and singers Sarah Brightman, Ronan Keating and Gloria Gaynor.

It will be pianist Lang's turn this time as about 20 skating stars give their best performances on the ice in Shanghai.

The world-class ice skaters include Aljona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy from Germany who recently won the pair-skating champion at the 2011 World Figure Skating Championship, two-time world champion and Olympic silver medalist in Figure Skating Stephane Lambiel, as well as Chinese skaters Pang Qing and Tong Jian, the 2006 and 2010 world champions and 2010 Olympic silver medalists.

Lang says that he is very excited about cooperating with the champions this time, as he was very impressed by their performances at the World Championship earlier this year.

"I have participated in similar performances in the US; I cooperated with top athletes in figure skating and Eurythmics," says Lang, "but it will be the first time for me to bring such art of combination to China. I believe that it will be a perfect feast for the audiences."

When it comes to providing performances which combine music and sports, Lang says that it is more about good teamwork than pure concert performances, and extensive rehearsals are always necessary.

Date: June 18, 7pm; June 19, 3:30pm

Address: 1200 Expo Ave, Pudong

Tickets: 180-1,280 yuan

Tel: 962-388


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