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  • FORMER CHILD PRODIGY, NOW GRAMMY-NOMINATED ARTIST, CELLIST HAN-NA CHANG DEBUTS IN RECITAL AT WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL
  • Apr. 20, 2005
  • Cellist Performs as Part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association's
    Colburn Celebrity Recital Series

    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2005 AT 8 PM

    Generously sponsored by The Korea Times

    Colburn Celebrity Series is generously supported by the Colburn Foundation

    Rising star Han-Na Chang brings her exquisite musicality to Walt Disney Concert Hall in recital on Wednesday, April 20, at 8 p.m. Her performance is part of the 2004/2005 Colburn Celebrity Series, presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, featuring the world's leading virtuosos. The Korean cellist surprised the world by taking First Prize at the Rostropovich International Cello Competition when she was only 11 years old. Since then the Grammy-nominated best-selling recording artist has matured from child prodigy into a much sought-after guest performer on the world's most prestigious concert stages.

    Chang's program demonstrates her various musical and virtuosic abilities. Her performance opens with Ligeti's Sonata for Solo Cello and continues with J.S. Bach's Suite No. 3 in C Major for Unaccompanied Cello, BWV 1009. The second half of the program features Britten's Suite No. 1for Solo Cello, Op 72. This suite, which comprises a recurring Canto and six movements, was inspired by and dedicated to the legendary cellist, Mstislav Rostropovich, a fitting way to end the program in homage to Chang's mentor.

    Han-Na Chang's recital is the seventh of eight Colburn Celebrity Recitals this season at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The series concludes on May 18 with pianist André Watts.

    Cellist HAN-NA CHANG has established an extraordinary international career, performing regularly on the most prestigious concert stages of Europe, North America and Asia. She first won recognition for her exceptional musical gifts in October 1994 at the Fifth Rostropovich International Cello Competition in Paris, taking at the age of 11 the First Prize as well as the Contemporary Music Prize, unanimously chosen for both awards by Maestro Rostropovich and 10 other jury members. Since that time, her superb artistry and virtuosity coupled with the astonishing depth of her interpretations, have placed Han-Na Chang at the forefront of the world's new generation of artists. An avid recitalist, Chang maintains a balance between her appearances with many of the world's great orchestras and her chamber music activities. Recent recitals have included appearances in Milan, Florence, Bologna, Paris, Lisbon, Bilbao, Athens and London (Wigmore Hall), and in Japan. The next tour of recitals in musical capitals of the US, Europe and Asia will bring Chang back to her fans in cities as far and wide spread as Munich, Cologne, Hanover, Milan, Florence, Bologna, Rome, Genoa, Berlin, Valencia, Los Angeles, and Tokyo throughout the next two seasons. A two-time Grammy nominee and an exclusive recording artist for EMI Classics, Chang has recorded four albums, each best-sellers worldwide. Han-Na Chang has studied privately with both Mischa Maisky and Mstislav Rostropovich. She is continuing her academic studies in philosophy at Harvard University.

    EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2005 at 8PM

    Walt Disney Concert Hall

    111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

    Han-Na Chang, cello

    LIGETI Sonata for Solo Cello

    BACH Suite No. 3 in C Major for Unaccompanied Cello, BWV 1009

    BRITTEN Suite No. 1 for Solo Cello, Op. 72

    Generously sponsored by The Korea Times
    The Colburn Celebrity Series is generously supported by the Colburn Foundation.

    Tickets ($15 - $78) are on sale now at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, online at LAPhil.com, or via credit card phone order at 323.850.2000. When available, choral bench seats ($15), will be released for sale to selected Philharmonic, Colburn Celebrity Series, and Baroque Variations performances beginning at noon on the Tuesday of the second week prior to the concert. A limited number of $10 rush tickets for seniors and full time students may be available at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office two hours prior to the performance. Valid identification is required; one ticket per person; cash only. Groups of 12 or more may be eligible for special discounts for selected concerts and seating areas. For all information, please call 323.850.2000.

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