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Grammy-nominated cellist Bion Tsang onstage in New Westminster

Catch Bion Tsang with pianist Wendy Chen in the next Vancouver Chamber Music Society concert.
Internationally acclaimed cellist Bion Tsang will be onstage at the Anvil Theatre in New Westminster for the next Vancouver Chamber Music Society concert on Sunday, March 19.

An internationally acclaimed, Grammy Award-nominated cellist is coming to New Westminster for the next Vancouver Chamber Music Society concert.

Bion Tsang will be onstage at Anvil Theatre on Sunday, March 19, along with pianist Wendy Chen.

The two will present highlights from Tsang’s famous The Blue Rock Sessions. Inspired by the picturesque Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio — a short distance from Tsang’s own Austin, Texas home — Tsang “cultivated and rearranged beloved melodies with virtuosity, artistry and sincerity,” as a concert write-up notes.

On the programme are Debussy’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, L. 135; Mendelssohn’s Sonata in D Major, Op. 58, Tchaikovsky’s Melodie in E-flat, Op. 42, No. 3, and Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5, among other works.

The program gives New West audiences a chance to experience a live, intimate performance from the musician The New York Times dubbed “a cellist of remarkable gifts.”

Among Tsang’s many honours are an Avery Fisher Career Grant, an MEF Career Grant and the Bronze Medal in the IX International Tchaikovsky competition. As a chamber musician, Tsang has collaborated with such artists as violinist Pamela Frank, violist Michael Tree, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Leon Fleisher. He has been a frequent guest artist of chamber music societies and festivals across North America.

Tsang earned a Grammy nomination for his performance on the PBS special A Company of Voices: Conspirare in Concert (Harmonia Mundi).

Catch cellist Bion Tsang onstage at the Anvil Theatre in New West

His New Westminster concert with Wendy Chen (replacing an injured Anton Nel) is set for Sunday, March 19 at 3 p.m. in the Anvil Theatre, 777 Columbia St.

Tickets are $38 regular, or $20 for students, plus fees; buy online.

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