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BOCHK Charitable Foundation Proudly Sponsors
Yo-Yo Ma and the HKPO

Hong Kong, 31st October 2008

A New Vision Arts Festival programme

Yo-Yo Ma returns to Hong Kong with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) on 9th November 2008. Tickets were sold in a mere three hours after the box office opened, reflecting Yo-Yo Ma’s return has indeed been widely anticipated by the public and fans of the HKPO alike.

With his profound interpretations of the classics of the cello repertoire, Yo-Yo Ma’s reputation as one of the greatest performers of our time has been complemented by his all-embracing curiosity, seeking out new music and musical collaborators to explore and expand the repertoire for his instrument. Argentinean composer Osvaldo Golijov wrote his cello concerto Azul especially for Ma and the Boston Symphony in 2006 and incorporated accordion and percussion parts to highlight the Latin flavour of his music. Singapore Symphony Music Director Lan Shui conducts Spanish-accented music by composers from Mexico, France and Argentina.

Yo-Yo Ma - Cello

The many-faceted career of cellist Yo-Yo Ma is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences, and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Whether performing a new concerto, revisiting a familiar work from the cello repertoire, coming together with colleagues for chamber music or exploring musical forms outside of the Western classical tradition, he strives to find connections that stimulate the imagination.

Yo-Yo Ma maintains a balance between his engagements as soloist with orchestras throughout the world and his recital and chamber music activities. He draws inspiration from a wide circle of collaborators, each fuelled by the artists’ interactions. One of Ma’s goals is the exploration of music as a means of communication, and as a vehicle for the migrations of ideas, across a range of cultures throughout the world.

Lan Shui – Conductor

Joining Ma and the HKPO in this performance will be the world renowned conductor Lan Shui. He has been Music Director of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra since 1997, and was appointed Chief Conductor of the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra from the 2007/08 season.

As a guest conductor, Lan Shui has worked in the US with orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra. In Europe he has visited the Danish Radio Symphony and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, amongst others. Upcoming highlights include return engagements with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Bamberg Symphony and the Aspen Festival, and 10 performances of Tosca with the Royal Danish Opera.

Fundraising Dinner after Concert

Yo-Yo Ma’s performance is sponsored by the BOCHK Charitable Foundation, and a fundraising dinner with the presence of Ma will follow at the InterContinental Hotel, sponsored by Tiffany & Co.. In view of the current financial crisis, the role of the fundraising committee is ever more crucial to the well being of the HKPO. HKPO relies on and values the continued support of the business community in Hong Kong which enables us to continue to invite world-class artists and conductors to Hong Kong.

Although concert tickets are all sold-out in record time, fans who want to enjoy a splendid evening with Yo-Yo Ma may still have a chance. A small number of fundraising dinner tables are available. For details, please contact:

Ms. Angela Hui
Tel: 2721 2636

Ms. Edith Ng
Tel: 2721 0772

Programme Details

Great Performers:
BOCHK Charitable Foundation Proudly Sponsors
Yo-Yo Ma and the HKPO

9 November 2008, 5pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall

Lan Shui, conductor
Yo Yo Ma, cello

RAVEL Alborada del gracioso
PIAZZOLLA Bandoneón Concerto
MÁRQUEZ Danzón No.2
Osvaldo GOLIJOV Azul

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Hailed as “one of Asia's top orchestras”, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) is led by the internationally renowned Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Edo de Waart. Enriching Hong Kong’s cultural life for over a century, the Orchestra has grown into a formidable ensemble of Chinese and international talents in the last three decades, attracting world-class artists to perform on the same stage. In April 2006, The Swire Group Charitable Trust became the Hong Kong Philharmonic’s Principal Patron to enable Maestro de Waart’s artistic vision for the Orchestra to be realized. HKPO annually touches the lives of 200,000 music lovers through more than 150 performances, including a series of outreach activities including the city’s largest outdoor symphonic concert in Happy Valley, Swire Symphony under the Stars. Please visit for more information about the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

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