COSTA MESA — Six students from the Orange County High School of the Arts were treated to a surprise encounter Tuesday afternoon with internationally acclaimed pianist Lang Lang.
It was more than a mere handshake.
The Chinese musician — who just last week played in the White House for President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao — answered questions and even tickled the ivory and ebony keys with one of the students from the Santa Ana school. It was all part of his visit to Costa Mesa's Segerstrom Center for the Arts, where he was to perform that night with the Pacific Symphony in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.
"It's so cool that someone of his stature is willing to share what he has with kids like us," said Joel Wenhardt, 14, of Tustin.
The students were having their own Magical Mystery Tour on board the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus — a mobile bus equipped with state-of-the-art audio and video recording equipment, a production facility and rock music instruments — that gives students an opportunity to learn about how to compose, perform, record and produce an original song and music video.