Two Vancouver area children to join Lang Lang on stage in Toronto in
November as part of special '101 Pianists' performance presented by
VANCOUVER, Nov. 2, 2011 /CNW/ - CIBC (TSX: CM) (NYSE: CM) is proud to be
the presenting sponsor of world-renowned classical pianist Lang Lang,
in concert with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) on November 4.
CIBC is also presenting Lang Lang's five performances in Toronto this
November, and in Montreal in May 2012.
As part of a residency program with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
(TSO), Lang Lang will lead a special children's performance called '101
Pianists' at Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall on November 13. Mimi Jasmine Ye
and Jeffrey Luo, both from the Vancouver area, have been selected to
join Lang Lang and 98 other children on stage for the performance. CIBC
will send these two young B.C. children, along with a parent each, to
Toronto to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
"CIBC is thrilled to bring one of the world's leading classical pianists
to Canadian audiences, and especially to Canada's young pianists," said
Stephen Forbes, CIBC's Executive Vice-President of Marketing,
Communications & Strategy. "CIBC shares Lang Lang's commitment to
educating and inspiring the next generation of classical music lovers
and performers and we are proud to support his unprecedented residency
in Toronto where he will take the stage with 100 aspiring young
pianists - including two children from Vancouver - for a special
"I started to play the piano when I was almost five," says Vancouver's
11 year old Mimi Jasmine Ye. "Music is just like air and water in my
life. It will be wonderful to meet all the other young musicians who
have the same interest. I am inspired by Lang Lang's passion when he
plays piano. I am looking forward to meeting Lang Lang and listening to
his ideas of music."
"Over the course of more than a decade, the VSO has forged a strong and
abiding artistic relationship with Lang Lang, and we always look
forward to his visits," said Alan Gove, Vice-President, Marketing &
Sales, Vancouver Symphony. "His performances are always breathtaking,
artistically thrilling, and always leave audiences clamouring for more.
We are very happy that Jeffrey and Mimi are able to represent Vancouver
in the '101 Pianists' performance for children in Toronto. We
congratulate CIBC for their vision and commitment to music education
and the arts, and we are grateful for their support in presenting Lang
Lang to Vancouver audiences."
"To me playing in the '101 Pianists' means having fun and making new
friends," says Jeffrey Luo from West Vancouver. Jeffrey is 11 years old
and has been playing the piano for six years. The Royal Conservatory of
Music Grade 10 level student who plays in public and private concerts
and has performed with the VSO, is looking forward to meeting new
people and can't wait for the airplane trip to Toronto.
As part of CIBC's overall charitable giving focus on Kids, Cures and
Community, CIBC is proud to support programs that help educate and
nurture Canada's children and young adults so they can build a better
future. CIBC is the presenting sponsor of Lang Lang's performances in
Vancouver and Toronto this month and with the Montreal Symphony
Orchestra in the spring.
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Image with caption: "Eleven year-old Jeffrey Luo will perform on-stage with world-renowned classical pianist Lang Lang. (CNW Group/CIBC)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111102_C9471_PHOTO_EN_5904.jpg
Image with caption: "Vancouver's Mimi Jasmine Ye, 11, will perform on-stage with world-renowned classical pianist Lang Lang (CNW Group/CIBC)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111102_C9471_PHOTO_EN_5933.jpg
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Media contact: Kevin Dove, Senior Director, External Communications & Media Relations, 416-980-8835.