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Yo-Yo Ma set to open 2016 Hong Kong Philharmonic season / South China Morning Post

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The acclaimed Chinese-American cellist - Yo-Yo Ma returns to Hong Kong next month to perform Silent Woods and Zhao Lin's Duo with the city's top orchestra. Those attending Ma's performance of Antonin Dvorak's Silent Woods should prepare to be transported somewhere arboreal. "It's a case of ‘once upon a time'. You try to take the audience to that place – you want them to imagine that they are there," says Ma. "You want to be there yourself, you want to be absolutely present in the act of recreating the narrative. Dvorak's work is atmospheric, and in that atmosphere lies a true potential for magic." Composed in 1883 and transcribed for cello and orchestra in 1893, Ma will perform with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra on September 9 and 10 at the Cultural Centre Concert Hall to launch its new season. Also on the programme are Georges Bizet's 1855 Symphony in C and Zhao Lin's Duo, a concerto for cello and sheng that Ma will perform with Wu Tong. The HK Phil will be under the baton of Yu Long, principal guest conductor.

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