Lang Lang performed at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Opening Ceremony, at Beijing’s iconic Water Cube, broadcast to over a billion people across the world. He was joined by artists of the China National Peking Opera Company, wearing traditional costume and masks, as well as musicians performing on Chinese instruments.
The piece they performed at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Opening Ceremony, ‘Heaven In Ceaseless Motion, Human in Constant Exertion’, is now available digitally. The arrangement, by Zhu Jiang and Guo Susite from ancient Chinese melodies, blends the sound of Lang Lang’s piano with traditional Chinese instruments and voices. The lyrics are by Jia Ding, director of the opening ceremony. Lang Lang’s FIBA Basketball World Cup single, ‘Heaven In Ceaseless Motion, Human In Constant Exertion’ underlines his passion for piano music of all kinds and his joy in performing to audiences across the world.
Lang Lang is one of the world’s biggest classical stars. He has sold millions of albums, topping classical charts and achieving simultaneous mainstream success, and given sold-out performances at concert halls across the globe with all the world’s leading orchestras and conductors. Equally happy playing for billions of viewers, or just a few hundred children in public schools, Lang Lang is a master of communicating through music. His most recent album Piano Book, a collection of pieces that first inspired Lang Lang to play the piano as a child and led him on his path to international stardom, continues to dominate the classical charts. His recording of Beethoven’s ‘Für Elise’ entered the pop charts in Germany and China and has expanded the pianist’s already vast global audience.
FIBA Basketball World Cup
The FIBA Basketball World Cup is the flagship event of the International Basketball Federation. This year’s tournament will be the biggest yet with a record 32 participating teams. In its 18th edition, the FIBA Basketball World Cup will take place in China for the first time ever. The tournament will be played in 8 cities across 5 provinces, with 92 games played over 16 days.
Lang Lang’s FIBA Basketball World Cup single ‘Heaven In Ceaseless Motion, Human In Constant Exertion’ is out now and can be bought here.