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September
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma to perform Bach's Solo Cello Suites
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World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma will revisit Hong Kong in November and perform three of Bach's Solo Cello Suites, bringing his boundless energy and innovation to Bach's music.

The programme includes Bach's Solo Cello Suites "No. 3 in C, BWV1009", "No. 5 in C Minor, BWV1011" and "No. 6 in D, BWV1012".

Yo-Yo Ma is not only a beloved interpreter of the classic cello repertoire, but also the founder and Artistic Director of the boundary-breaching Silk Road Project and performer of the music for Ang Lee's film, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". His many-faceted career is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with his audience, and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal.

Ma maintains a balance between engagements as a soloist with orchestras throughout the world and his recital and chamber music activities. Each of these collaborations is fuelled by the artists' interactions, often extending the boundaries of a particular genre.

Born to Chinese parents living in Paris, Ma began to study the cello with his father at the age of four. Later, he studied at the Juilliard School under his principal teacher, Leonard Rose. He sought a traditional liberal arts education to expand on his conservatory training and graduated from Harvard University in 1976. He has received numerous awards, including the Avery Fisher Prize (1978), the Glenn Gould Prize (1999) and the National Medal of the Arts (2001).

With a discography of over 75 albums, among them 15 winning Grammy awards and one Latin Grammy award, Ma remains one of the best-selling recording artists in the classical field. His most recent releases include Vivaldi's Cello with Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, "Paris: La belle epoque" with pianist Kathryn Stott, and two Grammy-winning tributes to the music of Brazil, "Obrigado Brazil" and "Obrigado Brazil Live in Concert".

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department,"Encore Series: Cello Recital by Yo-Yo Ma"will be held at 8pm on November 9 (Wednesday) at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

Tickets priced at $620, $500, $380 and $200 are available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients (limited tickets for students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients are available on a first-come, first-served basis). A 10% discount applies to Friends of LCSD performance venues.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321; for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009 (from September 29 onwards); for credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999; for internet bookings, visit http://www.urbtix.hk ; for more information, visit http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp .

A pre-concert talk, "Yo-Yo Ma Plays Bach's Suites" (in Cantonese), will be held at 8pm on October 24, 2005 (Monday) at the Function Room 1, 4/F, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Ray Wang (concert cellist) will be the Speaker and Letty Poon (concert cellist) will be Guest Speaker. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Ends/Wednesday, September 28, 2005
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