ANNUAL LUNCHEON SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 21
The annual luncheon meeting of the Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists will be held in the UN Delegates Dining Room on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, beginning at 12:30. During the luncheon, the Fund will present the Dag Hammarskjöld Inspiration Award to Lang Lang, renowned pianist and UN Messenger of Peace.
Lang Lang has inspired millions with his open-hearted emotive playing, whether in intimate recitals or on the grandest of stages – the 2014 World Cup concert in Rio, with Placido Domingo, to celebrate the final game, as well as the 56th and 57th Grammy Awards. He played at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony for President Barack Obama and the Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth in 2012.
Lang Lang came from Shenyang, a city in northeast China. He started playing piano at age three, won the Shenyang Competition and gave his first public recital by the time he was five. By the time he was nine, he entered Beijing’s Central Music Conservatory. He then won first prize at the Tchaikovsky International Young Musicians’ Competition. At age 15, Lang Lang left China to study at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
In 2013, he was designated by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as a Messenger of Peace, focusing on global education. Lang Lang has raised funds and awareness for earthquake relief efforts in China and Haiti. These efforts included auctioning the red Steinway piano played during his 2008 New York Central Park concert. He donated the net proceeds to the AmericanRed Cross China Earthquake fund, and organized a benefit concert at Carnegie Hall, donating the net proceeds to UNICEF’s Earthquake Relief Fund in Haiti. He has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for the past 10 years, promoting a child’s right to quality health care and education.
What Lang Lang calls “his second career” are his many efforts to bring music into the lives of children around the world, both through his work for the United Nations and through his Lang Lang International Music Foundation.
The 2015 participants in the Fund’s journalism program will also be recognized and will comment on the personal and professional impact of the Fund’s journalism program. They are:
Ms. Doreen Andoh, Daily Graphic, Ghana
Mr. Karthikeyan Hemalatha, Times of India, India
Ms. Mercy Jume, NTV and The Daily Nation, Kenya
Ms. Fabiola Ortiz dos Santos, Inter Press Service, Brazil
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