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Pianist Lang Lang leads Ruth Eckerd Hall series schedule

Times Performing Arts Critic

Lang Lang, the superstar Chinese pianist, tops the schedule of Ruth Eckerd Hall's 2013-14 World Stage Series. He'll give a recital Feb. 24 at the Clearwater hall.

The schedule, released Friday, also includes performances at the Capitol Theatre, the downtown Clearwater venue under renovation..

Lang Lang (pronounced Long Long) is no stranger to the bay area. Before his career took off, the pianist was a soloist in three programs with the Florida Orchestra, beginning as a 17-year-old in 2000. He also gave a recital in Tampa.

While Lang's concert will be at Ruth Eckerd's 2,180-seat main hall, two other classical pianists will play recitals at the refurbished 750-seat Capitol. Vadym Kholodenko, this year's gold medal winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, has a performance on March 30. Nobuyuki Tsujii, a 2009 gold medalist at the Cliburn, who is blind, returns to the Capitol, where he gave a sold-out concert in 2010, on April 9.

Another pianist, Alexander Ghindin, will play Ravel's Concerto in G with the Moscow City Symphony on Jan. 14.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs at the hall Feb. 18 as part of a dance lineup that also includes the return of Sarasota Ballet's John Ringling's Circus Nutcracker (Dec. 13-14), Moscow Festival Ballet with Giselle (March 1) and the Pilobolus dance company (April 3).

Tenors are something of a theme for the season with the New York Tenors Christmas (Dec. 15), the Irish Tenors on St. Patrick's Day and Australia's Ten Tenors in a Broadway concert (April 6). Opera troupe Teatro Lirico D'Europa performs a concert tribute to Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti Jan. 25.

Folk and ethnic offerings include Celtic Thunder Nov. 9, the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble Dec. 8, Women of Ireland Feb. 23 and the Peking Acrobats March 7. Returning for the holidays are the Nebraska Theatre Caravan staging of A Christmas Carol (Dec. 23) and the Salute to Vienna New Year's Eve concert.

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