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As one of the most treasured artists of our time, Yo-Yo Ma’s name is synonymous with musical excellence and profound passion. Ma’s multifaceted career and enduring popularity testify to his continual search for new ways to connect with audiences, and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal.
He returns to the Orpheum stage with his collaborator of 25 years, pianist Kathryn Stott. An extraordinarily interesting and incisive interpreter in her own right, Ms. Stott is widely recognized as one of Britain’s most versatile and imaginative musicians.
Ma and Stott share a natural rapport for making masterful musical connections that stimulate the imagination and stir the soul.
“Stott’s and Ma’s joint presence on stage offered the thousand some listeners an unaccustomed opportunity to set aside oft times distracting star parameters and simply witness shared music-making. Exemplary concert energy like this is as seductive as it is uncommon.” –Boston Musical Intelligencer
Suite Italienne Introduzione Serenata Aria Tarantella Minuetto e finale
Alma Brasileira arr. Jorge Calandrelli
Oblivion arr. Kyoko Yamamoto
Dansa Negra arr. Jorge Calandrelli
Manuel de Falla
7 Canciones Populares Españolas, G. 40
El Paño Moruno
Louange à l’Éternité de Jésus from Quatour pour la fin du temps
Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano
Recitativo – Fantasia
Allegretto poco mosso
Yo-Yo Ma Biography
The many-faceted career of cellist Yo-Yo Ma is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Mr. Ma maintains a balance between his engagements as soloist with orchestras worldwide and his recital and chamber music activities. His discography includes over 75 albums, including more than 15 Grammy award winners.
Mr. Ma serves as the Artistic Director of the Silk Road Project, an organization he founded to promote the study of cultural, artistic and intellectual traditions along the ancient Silk Road trade routes. Since the Project’s inception, more than 60 works have been commissioned specifically for the Silk Road Ensemble, which tours annually. Mr. Ma also serves as the Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Institute for Learning, Access and Training. His work focuses on the transformative power music can have in individuals’ lives, and on increasing the number and variety of opportunities audiences have to experience music in their communities.
Mr. Ma was born in Paris to Chinese parents who later moved the family to New York. He began to study cello at the age of four, attended the Juilliard School and in 1976 graduated from Harvard University. He has received numerous awards, among them the 2001 National Medal of Arts, the 2006 Sonning Prize, the 2008 World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award, the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors, and the 2012 Polar Music Prize. Mr. Ma serves as a UN Messenger of Peace and as a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts & the Humanities. He has performed for eight American presidents, most recently at the invitation of President Obama on the occasion of the 56th Inaugural Ceremony.