Cheapest tickets to Lang Lang are… $350

Cheapest tickets to Lang Lang are… $350


norman lebrecht

March 19, 2022

The Chinese pianist is giving a San Francisco recital at Davies Symphony Hall on March 30.

Here’s what they are charging.


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  • Alan says:

    Fools. Money……..

  • Gus says:

    Friends of my wife are paying £595 for VIP tickets for the Rolling Stones.

    It’s inflation.

    I might get two tickets at the cinema for Don Carlos live from the Met next Saturday, £15.50 each, a bargain.

  • Ya what says:

    Thanks but I’d rather stay at home and watch paint dry.

  • Colin says:

    This is “supply-and-demand” in operation for “discretionary (non-essential) purchases”.

  • Hugo Preuß says:

    That’s the beauty of capitalism. If someone is willing to pay inflated prices for cars, computers, or piano players – there are always those who offer just what the market needs.

    Years ago I heard Lang Lang at a concert of the Berlin Phil. My ticket was free (due to a friend in the Phil), and even so I felt that I overpaid for it just with my time.

    So, if someone wants to pay $ 350+ for the privilege of listening to Lang Lang, let him. I only wish it were a benefit concert for Ukraine…

    • Antonia says:

      Never thought much of his interpretive skills, but heard his Goldberg Variations on the radio and they were achingly poignant and very lovely. Every single note communicated. I was shocked! -Pleasantly so!

  • Elizabeth Owen says:

    I’m not going to tell you how much I paid for a ticket to see Domingo in the early 90’s but it was more than that…. yes I know, more fool me!

  • Scott says:

    There’s a sucker born every minute.

  • Gerry Feinsteen says:

    Unlike Anne-Sophie Mutter’s, Lang Lang’s concert is razing money for Ukraine.

  • Timmy says:

    Seems appropriate for that exorbitantly priced city.

  • MacroV says:

    I know he doesn’t come cheap, but I hope the SF Symphony is getting a decent cut of the gate.

  • fflambeau says:

    It is San Francisco, after all, and this is Lang Lang.

  • Ludwig's Van says:

    Sorry, but such prices are simply wrong-wrong!

  • Phillip says:

    How can a place like San Francisco offer pricing with so little Diversity or Equity?

  • Alexander says:

    …. it’s about a couple of bottles of Dom Perignon or new jeans and a bottle of good wine to boot … one should consider it twice before making decision 😉

  • Paul Sekhri says:

    If they can get it, why not?

  • Pianofortissimo says:

    This is not a rethorical question: which are Lang Lang’s audience?

    • Elizabeth Owen says:

      When he played with Gergiev at the Barbican the audience was full o young screaming Japanese girls who waited after he concert for him to sign their cd’s.

  • V.Lind says:

    Cheapest tickets left: the Terraces, whatever they might be, are sold out and a lot cheaper for everyone else.

  • CRWang says:

    Even if you pay me $350, I still wouldn’t go to hear this vulgar clown.

  • James Weiss says:

    I wouldn’t pay 35 cents to hear Lang Lang go bang bang on a piano.

  • Anthony Sanderson says:

    San Fransisco’s homeless crisis and hollowing out of the middle class are well described in Michael Shellenberger’s book “San Fransicko”, so that ony the homeless and super rich can afford to live there.

    The authorities have admitted they have lost control of the homeless situation and have asked families to put people up in their spare rooms.

  • Anthony Sanderson says:

    The Chinese government are cracking down on celebrities displaying their wealth, so presumably Lang Lang hasn’t got any plansto return home soon.

  • Mick the Knife says:

    I paid to hear Domingo with the Washington Opera years ago and it was shocking how good he was compared to all of the other tenors heard through the years. Heard Lang Lang with the NSO and enjoyed it a great deal; under $100. To all of the negative posters here; a high quality artistic experience requires a great artist and a pair of good ears. It’s not always the artist that is the problem.

    • JB says:

      Domingo in his prime was probably worth the money. On the contrary, I very much doubt that the Goldberg Variations by LL are better than that of a dozen pianists you can hear for far less.

      • Antonia says:

        Heard them on the radio; every single note communicated in a quite nuanced interpretation. I was very pleasantly surprised!

  • ROD says:

    Mr Lang has expenses to pay so let’s gather some cash for the poor pianist.

  • Louy says:

    Pauvre génération qui n’a pas connu

  • winelover says:

    Better to spend money in a really good bottle of wine than in a kitschy concert of LL.

  • Edward says:

    The real question is not he charged 350 dollars for a seat, but that even at that price, tickets are still sold out… Who are the concertgoers?

  • N/A says:

    To be fair, that is the price you have to pay for ANY huge music name regardless of what genre/instrument they play. It’s an industry-wide problem, not just a Lang Lang problem

  • Jobim75 says:

    This money can buy you a lot of great cds or sacds by Horowitz. You will have not regrets to stay home. A pianistic animal against a blingbling fake “artist” made for growing chinese market.

  • Save the MET says:

    You have to have lots of chang chang to hear Lang Lang bang bang.

  • Mark(London) says:

    Saw him at the BBC proms some years ago. The £5 in the arena was wasted. Extremely over rated pianist

  • Looper says:

    Yeah but you get a break at the concession stand.