Lang Lang performs at the Byblos Festival, Thursday, July 3, 2014. (Press Photo Agency, HO)
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Chinese piano prodigy Lang Lang opened this year's Byblos International Festival on Thursday evening. Hailed by The New York Times as the "hottest artist on the classical music planet," Lang amazed the Lebanese audience with his interpretations of Rachmaninov's concerto no. 2 and Chopin's masterpieces among other compositions. Next on the festival's agenda is Lebanese musical patriarch Marcel Khalife, returning to the Byblos stage on July 17 . One of the country's great masters of the oud, Khalife first found renown for his politicized folk numbers. Another local hero, Lebanese-Armenian pianist Guy Manoukian, will return to the Byblos stage on Aug. 13 promising to perform the best-loved numbers of his four albums.
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