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How do you create critical mass at a classical music concert? For 100 piano students joining superstar pianist Lang Lang onstage this Sunday afternoon, Oct. 4, at Sonoma State University's Weill Hall, the trick is to coordinate 1,010 fingers, 202 hands, two Steinway Concert Grand pianos and 49 electric keyboards to create the sound of one gigantic orchestra.

The "101 Pianists" master class, which has been presented around the world by Lang Lang and his International Music Foundation, is aimed not only at educating the young pianists on the stage but at inspiring the kids in the audience. Each keyboard will be played by two pianists at once. "It's unusual that an artist of his caliber likes to teach, but this is his giving back, " said Robin Beloff, a Santa Rosa piano teacher who was asked to find 100 local piano students to perform with Lang Lang. "He wants to create a new generation of pianists." "Through music, I want children to see a different dimension of life," Lang Lang said in a video made about s "101 Pianists." "I want to show them how music can help them realize their dreams."

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