'Memoirs of a Geisha'

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Violinist Itzhak Perlman to be Featured Soloists

in John Williams' Original Score for Film Version of

'Memoirs of a Geisha'



Sony Classical CD to be Released November 22, 2005



Starring Ziyi Zhang, Michelle Yeoh, Gong Li and Ken Watanabe,

'Memoirs of a Geisha,' Directed by Academy Award(R)

Nominee Rob Marshall,

Opens in Theaters Nationwide on December 9, 2005



Oct 25, 2005, 01:00 ET from Sony Classical New York

    NEW YORK, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Itzhak
 Perlman both will be soloists in five-time Oscar winner John Williams'
 original musical score for "Memoirs of a Geisha," the Dreamworks/Columbia
 Pictures film based on Arthur Golden's best-selling novel.  Directed by Oscar
 nominee Rob Marshall ("Chicago"), the film stars Ziyi Zhang and Michelle Yeoh
 -- both of whom became international sensations in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden
 Dragon" -- Gong Li ("Farewell My Concubine," "Raise the Red Lantern"), and
 Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe ("The Last Samurai").  Sony Classical will release
 the film's original soundtrack recording on Tuesday, November 22, 2005, and
 "Memoirs of a Geisha" will open in theaters nationwide December 9, 2005.
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20051025/NYTU016 )
     Based on the internationally acclaimed novel by Arthur Golden, "Memoirs of
 a Geisha" is a sweeping romantic epic set in a mysterious and exotic world
 that still casts a potent spell today.  The story begins in the years before
 WWII when a penniless Japanese child is torn from her family to work as a maid
 in a geisha house.  Despite a treacherous rival who nearly breaks her spirit,
 the girl blossoms into the legendary geisha Sayuri (Ziyi Zhang).  Beautiful
 and accomplished, Sayuri captivates the most powerful men of her day, but is
 haunted by her secret love for the one man who is out of her reach (Ken
 Watanabe).  Directed by Rob Marshall and produced by Lucy Fisher, Douglas Wick
 and Steven Spielberg, the film's screenplay was adapted by Robin Swicord and
 Doug Wright.
     John Williams' original score for "Memoirs of a Geisha" is another chapter
 in his long and distinguished collaboration with Steven Spielberg, who is one
 of the film's producers.  Both Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman have collaborated
 previously with Williams on film scores and recordings.  Ma was featured as
 soloist in Williams' score for "Seven Years in Tibet" (1997).  He also
 recorded a CD of Williams' concert music entitled "Yo-Yo Ma Plays the Music of
 John Williams" (2002) that features the premiere recording of Williams'
 Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, composed for Ma.  Perlman performed the
 violin solos for Williams' Oscar-winning score for "Schindler's List" (1993)
 and later recreated his performance of this theme with Williams and the
 Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as part of the Sony Classical recording "Cinema
 Serenade" (1997).
     "I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to compose a musical
 score for Rob Marshall's film, 'Memoirs of a Geisha,'" Williams says.  "For
 years I've admired Arthur Golden's remarkable book and it has been a wish come
 true to collaborate with my friends Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman on this
 extraordinary film."
     "It is rare that you have the opportunity to work with so many people you
 admire on one project.  John Williams sent me a copy of Arthur Golden's
 extraordinary book when it was first released and I have been a fan ever
 since.  Working with John Williams and Itzhak Perlman on John's poetic and
 mysterious score for Rob Marshall's film 'Memoirs of a Geisha' was a dream
 come true."  -- Yo-Yo Ma
     "As with all of John Williams' film scores, his music for 'Geisha' is in
 sync with the contents of the film to such an extent that you cannot have one
 without the other." -- Itzhak Perlman
     A five-time Oscar winner who has received a remarkable 43 nominations to
 date, Williams earlier this year completed his celebrated collaboration with
 filmmaker George Lucas on the "Star Wars" films with the release of "Star Wars
 Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" and the film's original soundtrack recording
 on Sony Classical.  In 2005 alone, the prolific Williams also was responsible
 for the original score for Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds" and will
 compose the music for Spielberg's upcoming film "Munich," about the 1972
 Olympics massacre, scheduled for release in December.
     Sony Classical, RCA Red Seal and deutsche harmonia mundi are labels of
 SONY BMG MASTERWORKS, a division of SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.  For e-mail
 updates and information regarding Sony Classical, RCA Red Seal, deutsche
 harmonia mundi and Arte Nova artists, promotions, tours and repertoire, please
 visit http://www.sonybmgmasterworks.com, http://www.bmgclassics.com and
 http://www.sonyclassical.com.
 
 

SOURCE Sony Classical New York
    NEW YORK, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Itzhak
 Perlman both will be soloists in five-time Oscar winner John Williams'
 original musical score for "Memoirs of a Geisha," the Dreamworks/Columbia
 Pictures film based on Arthur Golden's best-selling novel.  Directed by Oscar
 nominee Rob Marshall ("Chicago"), the film stars Ziyi Zhang and Michelle Yeoh
 -- both of whom became international sensations in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden
 Dragon" -- Gong Li ("Farewell My Concubine," "Raise the Red Lantern"), and
 Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe ("The Last Samurai").  Sony Classical will release
 the film's original soundtrack recording on Tuesday, November 22, 2005, and
 "Memoirs of a Geisha" will open in theaters nationwide December 9, 2005.
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20051025/NYTU016 )
     Based on the internationally acclaimed novel by Arthur Golden, "Memoirs of
 a Geisha" is a sweeping romantic epic set in a mysterious and exotic world
 that still casts a potent spell today.  The story begins in the years before
 WWII when a penniless Japanese child is torn from her family to work as a maid
 in a geisha house.  Despite a treacherous rival who nearly breaks her spirit,
 the girl blossoms into the legendary geisha Sayuri (Ziyi Zhang).  Beautiful
 and accomplished, Sayuri captivates the most powerful men of her day, but is
 haunted by her secret love for the one man who is out of her reach (Ken
 Watanabe).  Directed by Rob Marshall and produced by Lucy Fisher, Douglas Wick
 and Steven Spielberg, the film's screenplay was adapted by Robin Swicord and
 Doug Wright.
     John Williams' original score for "Memoirs of a Geisha" is another chapter
 in his long and distinguished collaboration with Steven Spielberg, who is one
 of the film's producers.  Both Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman have collaborated
 previously with Williams on film scores and recordings.  Ma was featured as
 soloist in Williams' score for "Seven Years in Tibet" (1997).  He also
 recorded a CD of Williams' concert music entitled "Yo-Yo Ma Plays the Music of
 John Williams" (2002) that features the premiere recording of Williams'
 Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, composed for Ma.  Perlman performed the
 violin solos for Williams' Oscar-winning score for "Schindler's List" (1993)
 and later recreated his performance of this theme with Williams and the
 Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as part of the Sony Classical recording "Cinema
 Serenade" (1997).
     "I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to compose a musical
 score for Rob Marshall's film, 'Memoirs of a Geisha,'" Williams says.  "For
 years I've admired Arthur Golden's remarkable book and it has been a wish come
 true to collaborate with my friends Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman on this
 extraordinary film."
     "It is rare that you have the opportunity to work with so many people you
 admire on one project.  John Williams sent me a copy of Arthur Golden's
 extraordinary book when it was first released and I have been a fan ever
 since.  Working with John Williams and Itzhak Perlman on John's poetic and
 mysterious score for Rob Marshall's film 'Memoirs of a Geisha' was a dream
 come true."  -- Yo-Yo Ma
     "As with all of John Williams' film scores, his music for 'Geisha' is in
 sync with the contents of the film to such an extent that you cannot have one
 without the other." -- Itzhak Perlman
     A five-time Oscar winner who has received a remarkable 43 nominations to
 date, Williams earlier this year completed his celebrated collaboration with
 filmmaker George Lucas on the "Star Wars" films with the release of "Star Wars
 Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" and the film's original soundtrack recording
 on Sony Classical.  In 2005 alone, the prolific Williams also was responsible
 for the original score for Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds" and will
 compose the music for Spielberg's upcoming film "Munich," about the 1972
 Olympics massacre, scheduled for release in December.
     Sony Classical, RCA Red Seal and deutsche harmonia mundi are labels of
 SONY BMG MASTERWORKS, a division of SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.  For e-mail
 updates and information regarding Sony Classical, RCA Red Seal, deutsche
 harmonia mundi and Arte Nova artists, promotions, tours and repertoire, please
 visit http://www.sonybmgmasterworks.com, http://www.bmgclassics.com and
 http://www.sonyclassical.com.
 
 SOURCE  Sony Classical New York