Philadelphia favorite and Curtis Institute of Music graduate Lang Lang brings his international star power and dazzling virtuosity to Verizon Hall with Mozart’s buoyant Piano Concerto No. 17. A frequent guest with the Fabulous Philadelphians, the Chinese pianist regularly proves why the New York Times has called him “the hottest artist on the classical music planet.”
A native Philadelphian, Daniel Williams serves as the Orchestra’s second horn player. He began his horn studies at the age of nine in the Philadelphia public school system and then went on to attend Temple University and the Curtis Institute of Music. While at Curtis, he performed with the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia (now the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia) and with the Pittsburgh Symphony in its summer season. In 1975, during his senior year at Curtis, he became a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Williams’s primary teachers have been F. Mason Jones, John Simonelli, Ward Fearn, and Glenn Janson, all former members of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s horn section. Mr. Williams currently serves on the faculty of Temple University.
Photo: Chris Lee