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Lang Lang: Who is Metallica's Grammy's Performing Partner? >>

Metallica is nothing new for Grammy viewers, being one of the few bands to emerge from the dark depths of metal and gain mainstream awareness. Far fewer are familiar with Lang Lang, the classical pianist with whom Metallica will share the stage with during its Grammy Awards performance. Classical fans know Lang's name well, but hopefully they'll give us a break for offering a brief profile so the rest of the world can catch up.

GIFT GUIDE: Top 6 Classical Music Recordings to Buy in 2014 >>

It's too late now to order a classical music CD or DVD for Christmas, but why not take the New Year as a cue to freshen up your musical tastes?

Classicalite's Top 10 of 2013: Louise Burton on Pub Shots >>

We get publicity photos by the bushel here at Classicalite. Having looked at so many, we feel well qualified to present the Top 10 Artist Pub Shots of 2013.

Classicalite's Five Best: More Musicians on 'Sesame Street' >>

So, apparently lots of you enjoyed our Five Best: Musicians on 'Sesame Street.' Five doesn't really do that great show justice, and besides, Classicalite staff have been besieged with indignant readers asking, "What about the one with...?" Here, then, are five more.

Pleyel Pianos, Chopin’s Favorite Maker, Plays Its Swan Song >>

Sad news from the piano world. Pleyel Pianos is no more. Perhaps most famous for creating the pianos Chopin favored, the more than 200-year-old company will not see its fourth century without the intervention of a miracle.

Lang Lang Appointed United Nations Messenger of Peace by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon >>

Chinese piano superstar Lang Lang has long been deeply involved with the United Nations as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, a role that he is known to take very seriously. Now, though, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has made him a "Messenger of Peace," which is the highest honor of its kind given by the body.

Katherine Jenkins' Fantasy Dinner and Cognac Fave, Raymond Blanc, Does Not Reciprocate Very Special Night >>

Distance runner, cruise ship crooner and all-around diva Katharine Jenkins has joined the famous chef Raymond Blanc to launch Martell new cognac's series Very Special Nights. But while she ranks Blanc as part of her ideal all-time dinner party, she fares less well when it comes to his choices.

Classicalite's Five Worst: Pub Shots

Classicalite's Five Worst: Pub Shots >>

Here at Classicalite, we get deluged by publicity photos every day. Some are wonderful, most are average. And a small percentage are truly bizarre, in bad taste or downright silly.

Lang Lang, Hans Zimmer, Pavarotti Win Big at Classic Brit Awards 2013 [FULL LIST] >>

They might have been on strike at Carnegie Hall, but across the pond in Blightly, the Classic Brit Awards still steamrolled ahead. A massive production--filmed for mainstream, primetime TV (the ITV1 channel)--it was a cast of dozens and a healthy clutch of big stars.

Classic Brit Awards 2013 to Honor Luciano Pavarotti for Lifetime Achievement

Classic Brit Awards 2013 to Honor Luciano Pavarotti for Lifetime Achievement >>

While quite how excited an artist can get about an award after their demise is debatable (at best), perhaps depending on one's religious views, the U.K.'s Classic Brits have announced that they will bestow a posthumous award on Luciano Pavarotti.

Verbier Festival Celebrates a Star-Studded 20th Anniversary >>

A couple of days late, but..."Happy birthday to you, / Happy birthday to you, / Happy birthday dear Verbier Festival, / Happy birthday to you!"

Coming Soon: Lang Lang..the Movie!

Coming Soon: Lang Lang's 'Journey of a Thousand Miles'...the Murdoch Movie! >>

Reportedly, Chinese prodigy-turned-superstar Lang Lang is to be the subject of a feature film. Called 'Journey of a Thousand Miles'--also the title of Mr. Lang’s best-selling autobiography--the film will be co-produced by Wendi Murdoch, a.k.a. wife (or, possible ex-wife) of Rupert Murdoch.

Lang Lang Plays Liszt and the Rain! >>

If an earthquake couldn't stop him, what's a li'l drizzle going to do to superstar pianist Lang Lang? Evidently, nothing at all.

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Earthquake in China 2013: Pianist Lang Lang Asks for Help on Facebook >>

With more than 190 people reported dead, 11,500 injured in the 6.6 magnitude earthquake that struck China's Sichuan province on Saturday, Chinese pianist Lang Lang is reaching out via social media to help his homeland.

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