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A life is an arc of experience, from beginning to end and all the notes in between. Songs from the Arc of Life is a musical journey shared by Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott, and a window into our universal adventure through life and time.

Longtime friends cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott create a unique musical experience with their new Sony Classical recording Songs from the Arc of Life, now available for pre-order.

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This all-new recording—to be released internationally beginning September 18, 2015—also celebrates thirty years of friendship and collaboration in concerts and recordings for Ma and Stott. The album includes pieces they have frequently performed but never recorded, as well as a handful of discoveries.

“I like to think of Songs from the Arc of Life as an invitation to our audience to remember and imagine what the soundtracks of their lives might be,” Yo-Yo Ma says. “Kathy and I have talked for years about recording an album of music we absolutely love, pieces that express the context of a life, of our lives. Childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, middle age, old age: what do they sound like?”

“I love this title,” Stott says, “the ‘Arc of Life’ – because it is one big arc. Once we arrived at the idea, we began to see a beautiful story, a journey through life’s experiences. It has taken us a long time and much discussion, back and forth, to discover what that journey might be, because everyone’s journey is slightly different.”

Songs from the Arc of Life begins and ends with two settings of the traditional “Ave Maria,” opening with the Bach/Gounod arrangement and closing with Schubert’s version.

In between is a remarkable spectrum of music that includes Brahms’s “Lullaby,” Dvorák’s “Songs My Mother Taught Me,” Elgar’s “Salut d’amour,” Gade’s “Jalousie” and Saint-Saëns’ “The Swan,” as well as richly evocative works by Debussy, Delius, Fauré, Gershwin, Grieg, Kriesler, Messaien, Schumann, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky. Ma and Stott also include a haunting piece by the contemporary composer Giovanni Sollima, a friend and colleague of both artists.

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Yo-Yo Ma's spring recital performances begin on April 29 in Denver, Colorado, where the American cellist presents a solo program comprising Bach's First, Second, and Sixth Suites for Unaccompanied Cello, as well as works by Ahmed Saygun and Mark O'Connor. 

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On May 17, the CSO Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant returns to Symphony Center for a chamber recital with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The program includes Ravel's Chansons madécasses and Sonata for Violin and Cello, as well as Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time. Ma and his CSO colleagues will also give the world premiere performance of a new work by Matthew Aucoin.

Then on June 5, Yo-Yo Ma opens the 34th Annual Rockport Chamber Music Festival with a solo recital that pairs Bach's First and Third Cello Suites with Saygun's Partita and George Crumb's Sonata for Solo Cello.

Yo-Yo Ma's spring recital performances begin on April 29 in Denver, Colorado, where the American cellist presents a solo program comprising Bach's First, Second, and Sixth Suites for Unaccompanied Cello, as well as works by Ahmed Saygun and Mark O'Connor. 

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This May, Yo-Yo Ma guests with orchestras across North America in concerts that stretch from the American West Coast to Canada.

Ma solos in Dvorak's Cello Concerto in B minor with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra led by Bramwell Tovey (May 1), with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra conducted by Carl St. Clair (May 5), and with the Quad City Symphony directed by Mark Russell Smith (May 14).

With the Seattle Symphony on May 3, the American cellist performs Schumann's Cello Concerto in A minor, led by Ludovic Morlot. On May 13, Ma guests with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in two works by Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme and Andante Cantabile.

To round out his orchestral performances of the season, Ma appears with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for Elgar's Cello Concerto, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis on May 29.

This May, Yo-Yo Ma guests with orchestras across North America in concerts that stretch from the American West Coast to Canada.

Ma solos in Dvorak's Cello Concerto in B minor with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra led by Bramwell Tovey (May 1), with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra conducted by Carl St. Clair (May 5), and with the Quad City Symphony directed by Mark Russell Smith (May 14).

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Yo-Yo Ma’s spring recital performances begin on April 29 in Denver, Colorado, where the American cellist presents a solo program comprising Bach’s First, Second, and Sixth Suites for Unaccompanied Cello, as well as works by Ahmed Saygun and Mark O’Connor.

CSO Chamber Concert

On May 17, the CSO Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant returns to Symphony Center for a chamber recital with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The program includes Ravel’s Chansons madécasses and Sonata for Violin and Cello, as well as Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. Ma and his CSO colleagues will also give the world premiere performance of a new work by Matthew Aucoin.

Then on June 5, Yo-Yo Ma opens the 34th Annual Rockport Chamber Music Festival with a solo recital that pairs Bach’s First and Third Cello Suites with Saygun’s Partita and George Crumb’s Sonata for Solo Cello.

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This May, Yo-Yo Ma guests with orchestras across North America in concerts that stretch from the American West Coast to Canada.

Ma solos in Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B minor with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra led by Bramwell Tovey (May 1), with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra conducted by Carl St. Clair (May 5), and with the Quad City Symphony directed by Mark Russell Smith (May 14).

With the Seattle Symphony on May 3, the American cellist performs Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A minor, led by Ludovic Morlot. On May 13, Ma guests with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in two works by Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme and Andante Cantabile.

To round out his orchestral performances of the season, Ma appears with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for Elgar’s Cello Concerto, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis on May 29.

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Yo-Yo Ma will receive with the 2015 Leonore and Walter Annenberg Award for Diplomacy through the Arts in recognition of his contributions to the artistic tradition of the United States. The honor will be given by the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies at an event hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry and Mrs. Heinz Kerry at the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms on April 20, 2015.

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Yo-Yo Ma will receive with the 2015 Leonore and Walter Annenberg Award for Diplomacy through the Arts in recognition of his contributions to the artistic tradition of the United States. The honor will be given by the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies at an event hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry and Mrs. Heinz Kerry at the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms on April 20, 2015.

That same day, a panel discussion, entitled The Role of Art in Diplomacy: Cultural Citizens, will take place at the National Gallery of Art. The event is free and open to the public, and begins at 1:00pm. The discussion will focus on culture as a collective tool for creating meaning. Moderated by Molly Donovan, Associate Curator of Modern Art, National Gallery of Art, panelists will include Yo-Yo Ma, artist Theaster Gates, and FAPE Vice President and Ford Foundation President Darren Walker.

“I am honored to receive the 2015 Annenberg Award from the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies. The Foundation has a unique mission of cultural diplomacy in the arts, and through its generosity, embassy visitors throughout the world are able to experience the art of some of our preeminent American artists. It is a privilege to join the distinguished company of Annenberg honorees and to share with them the goal of using culture as a universal language to inspire global understanding,” said Ma.

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On March 19, 20, and 21, Yo-Yo Ma returns to Chicago for performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and conductor Charles Dutoit. The program will feature the cellist and CSO Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant as soloist in Saint-Saëns's La muse et le poète and Lalo's Cello Concerto.

Explore the program and purchase tickets here.

On March 19, 20, and 21, Yo-Yo Ma returns to Chicago for performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and conductor Charles Dutoit. The program will feature the cellist and CSO Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant as soloist in Saint-Saëns's La muse et le poète and Lalo's Cello Concerto.

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On March 19, 20, and 21, Yo-Yo Ma returns to Chicago for performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and conductor Charles Dutoit. The program will feature the cellist and CSO Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant as soloist in Saint-Saëns’s La muse et le poète and Lalo’s Cello Concerto.

Explore the program and purchase tickets here.

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This Saturday, March 14, Yo-Yo Ma guests with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico and conductor Maximiano Valdés for the closing performance of the Festival Pablo Casals in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The program sees Ma as soloist in Edward Elgar's Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in program that also includes works by Carlos Carillo and Ottorino Respighi.

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This Saturday, March 14, Yo-Yo Ma guests with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico and conductor Maximiano Valdés for the closing performance of the Festival Pablo Casals in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The program sees Ma as soloist in Edward Elgar's Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in program that also includes works by Carlos Carillo and Ottorino Respighi.

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