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Yo-Yo Ma and Wu Tong join forces for Hong Kong Philharmonic opener / South China Morning Post

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Yo-Yo Ma is a bit like a US president after his final term – he has done it all, has nothing left to prove, and can now devote himself to whatever he likes. The cellist has been stitching the globe together with music – founding the Silk Road Ensemble and collaborating with the likes of Bobby McFerrin, American bluegrass musicians and tango musicians. It was rewarding to hear him come full circle to Chinese-inspired music, as he did in the lovely concerto for cello and sheng, Duo, by Zhao Lin. The programme for the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra's opening concert of the 2016-17 season was not about showing off Ma's virtuosity, but about producing musical magic in slow, contemplative pieces.

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