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Guitarist John Williams plays HK Cultural Centre on October 5


The Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents John Williams, one of the finest classical guitarists of his generation, in a solo recital at the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre on Sunday, October 5 at 8.30pm.

The programme includes Bach's "Lute Suite No. 4", Sculthorpe's "Djilile", Granados' "Valses Poeticos", the guitarist's own "Malinke Guitars" many other compositions.

The South China Morning Post described a previous Hong Kong concert by Williams, who was born in Australia in 1941, as " a revelatory musical experience, combining mastery and depth of musical maturity."

The breadth of Williams' musical enthusiasms is evident from his list of past collaborators: Julian Bream, Itzhak Perlman, Andre Previn, Cleo Laine and John Dankworth, SKY, Attacca and The National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Among his best-selling recordings are Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez", "John Williams Plays the Movies" and "The Guitarist". He has also been heard on the soundtracks of films such as "The Deerhunter" (Cavatina) and "A Fish Called Wanda".

Recent concert tours have taken him to the UK, the United States, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and Germany. He is currently working on a CD of Venezuelan music for release this autumn.

Tickets for "Guitar Recital by John Williams", priced at $480, $380, $280 and $180, are available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price concessions will be granted to senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321; for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009; for credit card telephone booking, call 2111 5999; for internet booking, visit; for more information, visit

A free pre-concert talk (conducted in Cantonese) will be held at 8pm on Friday, September 26, at AC1, Level 4, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Dr Kenneth Kwan is the speaker. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

End/Wednesday, September 17, 2003

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