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Yo-Yo Ma will speak about cultural citizens and why culture matters in three lectures this December. In his talks and musical demonstrations, he will address the vital role of culture and the arts and sciences in our society and the ways in which each of us can come together to work as "cultural citizens."

The first lecture takes place on December 5 in Lincoln, Nebraska, at the Lied Center for Performing Arts as part of the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues. On December 9, Ma speaks in Sacramento, California, at Memorial Auditorium as part of the Sacramento Speakers Series. Ma will deliver his final lecture on December 10 in Berkeley, California, at Zellerbach Hall as part of the Berkeley Talks series.

Yo-Yo Ma will speak about cultural citizens and why culture matters in three lectures this December. In his talks and musical demonstrations, he will address the vital role of culture and the arts and sciences in our society and the ways in which each of us can come together to work as "cultural citizens."

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Yo-Yo Ma will return to Tanglewood next summer for four performances, beginning with an August 2, 2015 concert with Andris Nelsons, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and BSO principal violist Steven Ansell featuring Strauss’s Don Quixote. The performance is part of Tanglewood’s season tribute to the 400th anniversary of the publication of Cervantes’s Don Quixote, Part II. On August 6, Ma reunites with Emanuel Ax and violinist Leonidas Kavakos for an all-Brahms program at Seiji Ozawa Hall. For the second time in their performance history at Tanglewood, Ma and Ax will perform the complete Beethoven Cello Sonatas. The recital take place on August 9 in the Koussevitzky Music Shed. And in a special event on August 13, Ma joins fellow cellists Mike Block, Monika Leskovar, and Giovanni Sollima, and the Boston Cello Quartet—comprised of BSO cellists Mihail Jojatu, Alexandre Lecarme, Adam Esbensen, and Blaise Déjardin—for an Ozawa Hall program entitled A Distant Mirror, exploring the musical worlds and contemporary resonances of the 16th and 17th centuries, including the impact of the period’s most celebrated literary figures, Shakespeare and Cervantes.

Discover the 2015 Tanglewood season here.

Yo-Yo Ma will return to Tanglewood next summer for four performances, beginning with an August 2, 2015 concert with Andris Nelsons, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and BSO principal violist Steven Ansell featuring Strauss’s Don Quixote. The performance is part of Tanglewood’s season tribute to the 400th anniversary of the publication of Cervantes’s Don Quixote, Part II. On August 6, Ma reunites with Emanuel Ax and violinist Leonidas Kavakos for an all-Brahms program at Seiji Ozawa Hall.

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On November 20, 21, and 22, Yo-Yo Ma joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra and its Music Director Andris Nelsons for three sold-out performances of Sergei Prokofiev's Symphony-Concerto for cello and orchestra. Prokofiev’s Symphony-Concerto is framed by the world premiere of Lakes Awake at Dawn for chorus and orchestra by Latvian composer Eriks Ešenvalds, as well as performances of John Harbison's choral scherzo Koussevitzky Said:, and Sergei Rachmaninoff's The Bells, featuring solo vocalists Victoria Yastrebova, Pavel Cernoch, Kostas Smoriginas and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

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Yesterday Yo-Yo Ma joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Board of Education President David Vitale and Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett to announce a $38 million arts education funding campaign fueled by private donations from the city’s business, community, cultural and philanthropic leaders. “Be Creative: The Campaign for Creative Schools,” has already raised $11 million toward its goal. The campaign supports the Chicago Public Schools Arts Education Plan, unveiled two years ago.

The announcement was made to a group of students and teachers gathered in the auditorium of Benito Juarez High School in Pilsen. Ma–Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra–participated in the event alongside Renee Fleming, soprano and Creative Consultant to the Lyric Opera; Damian Woetzel, director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program and former principal dancer of the New York City Ballet; Los Angeles-based dancer Lil Buck; and Theaster Gates, a social practice installation artist and Director of Arts and Public Life at the University of Chicago.

“Under this plan, arts education is now a part of the individual school report card, and principals have an incentive to make progress each year,” said School Board President David Vitale. “CPS has begun measuring the impact of arts in all of our schools to increase access to arts education for every student. In doing so, arts education no longer is considered an enrichment program, but is seen as a key factor in student success and school improvement.”

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Yesterday Yo-Yo Ma joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Board of Education President David Vitale and Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett to announce a $38 million arts education funding campaign fueled by private donations from the city’s business, community, cultural and philanthropic leaders. “Be Creative: The Campaign for Creative Schools,” has already raised $11 million toward its goal. The campaign supports the Chicago Public Schools Arts Education Plan, unveiled two years ago.

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From October 28 and November 10, 2014, Yo-Yo Ma embarks on a tour of Asia with the Silk Road Ensemble, bringing innovative cross-cultural music to eight major cities. Their musical journey begins in South Korea, with their debut in Daejeon (October 29) as well as a return visit to Seoul (October 28). In Japan, they share their music with audiences in Nagoya (October 31), Osaka (November 2), and Tokyo (November 4) before heading to Taiwan for performances in Taipei (November 6) and Kaohsiung (November 7). The tour culminates in Shanghai on November 10.

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Enjoy updates and share your own memories online as part of Silkroad’s 15th anniversary at #SilkRoad15.

“It is an honor for me to perform with the Silk Road Ensemble for friends both old and new in Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and China,” said Yo-Yo Ma, Silkroad Founder and Artistic Director. “My fellow performers and I look forward to sharing music that springs from the cherished traditions of these cultures, and our joy in working together at the place where they intersect. As we celebrate Silkroad’s 15th anniversary, we are grateful for the continuing opportunity to show how music can connect us and enrich our humanity—to share with you how much culture matters.”

These concert programs celebrate the musical traditions of eastern Asia and beyond. Audiences will hear contemporary arrangements of traditional tunes, spirited percussion pieces, captivating solo moments by musicians such as pipa virtuosa Wu Man, and works by celebrated composers such as Jia Daqun and Gabriella Lena Frank, as well as the Ensemble’s own Kayhan Kalhor and Kojiro Umazaki.

This Asia concert is part of Silkroad’s 15th-anniversary season, which has featured performances on three continents, including appearances at Carnegie Hall in North America and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw in Europe. Most recently, filming took place in Turkey for The Sound of Silk, a full-length documentary about the Silk Road Ensemble, directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom). The film will premiere in 2015.

From October 28 and November 10, 2014, Yo-Yo Ma embarks on a tour of Asia with the Silk Road Ensemble, bringing innovative cross-cultural music to eight major cities. Their musical journey begins in South Korea, with their debut in Daejeon (October 29) as well as a return visit to Seoul (October 28). In Japan, they share their music with audiences in Nagoya (October 31), Osaka (November 2), and Tokyo (November 4) before heading to Taiwan for performances in Taipei (November 6) and Kaohsiung (November 7). The tour culminates in Shanghai on November 10.

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Join the audience this Saturday, October 18, for Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott’s sold-out recital at the Wisconsin Union Theater. The performance will be webcast free-of-charge beginning at 9:00pm (Eastern), 8:00pm (Central), 6:00pm (Pacific), and 10:00am (JST). The recital program includes works by Igor Stravinsky, Manuel de Falla, Olivier Messiaen, and Johannes Brahms, as well as arrangements of music by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Ástor Piazzolla, and Camargo Guarnieri. 

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Add to Calendar10/18/2014 08:0010/18/2014 10:0011Yo-Yo Ma, cello, with Kathryn Stott, pianoThe legendary Yo-Yo Ma returns for his 7th performance at the Wisconsin Union Theater. Recently leading the popular Goat Rodeo Sessions with Chris Thile and Aoife O’Donovan, Ma is coming to the Theater with Kathryn Stott. Stott, a British classical pianist, is known for her technique, exuberant and subtle at the same time. “Kathryn Stott proves a match for Ma in technique and spirit,” according to the Berkshire Eagle.Shannon Hall, Wisconsin Union Theater

Join the audience this Saturday, October 18, for Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott’s sold-out recital at the Wisconsin Union Theater. The performance will be webcast free-of-charge beginning at 9:00pm (Eastern), 8:00pm (Central), 6:00pm (Pacific), and 10:00am (JST). The recital program includes works by Igor Stravinsky, Manuel de Falla, Olivier Messiaen, and Johannes Brahms, as well as arrangements of music by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Ástor Piazzolla, and Camargo Guarnieri. 

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This October Yo-Yo Ma tours the cello concerti of Elgar and Dvorak across the southeastern United States. Ma brings ?Elgar's Cello Concerto to performances with the Nashville Symphony led by Giancarlo Guerrero (October 1) and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edvard Tchivzhel (October 4). Dvorak's Cello Concerto is heard with the Chattanooga Symphony conducted by Kayoko Dan (October 2) and the Winston-Salem Symphony led by Robert Moody (October 5). 

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This October Yo-Yo Ma tours the cello concerti of Elgar and Dvorak across the southeastern United States. Ma brings ?Elgar's Cello Concerto to performances with the Nashville Symphony led by Giancarlo Guerrero (October 1) and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edvard Tchivzhel (October 4). Dvorak's Cello Concerto is heard with the Chattanooga Symphony conducted by Kayoko Dan (October 2) and the Winston-Salem Symphony led by Robert Moody (October 5). 

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On October 15, 16, 18, and 19, Yo-Yo Ma joins his longtime musical collaborator Kathryn Stott for three recitals in the American Midwest. The duo is first heard at Purdue University's Loeb Playhouse in West Lafayette (October 15), followed by ?Kansas City's Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (October 16), Madison's Wisconsin Union Theater (October 18), and Kohler Memorial Theatre in Kohler, Wisconsin (October 19). The recital program comprises works by Igor Stravinsky, Olivier Messiaen, and Johannes Brahms, as well as arrangements of music by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Ástor Piazzolla, and Camargo Guarnieri.

Discover the program and reserve your seats here.

On October 15, 16, 18, and 19, Yo-Yo Ma joins his longtime musical collaborator Kathryn Stott for three recitals in the American Midwest. The duo is first heard at Purdue University's Loeb Playhouse in West Lafayette (October 15), followed by ?Kansas City's Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (October 16), Madison's Wisconsin Union Theater (October 18), and Kohler Memorial Theatre in Kohler, Wisconsin (October 19).

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As part of Amazon Music’s “Americana Albums” sale, taking place now through September 22, The Goat Rodeo Sessions is now available at a special price.

Discover and purchase the album here.

As part of Amazon Music’s “Americana Albums” sale, taking place now through September 22, The Goat Rodeo Sessions is now available at a special price.

Discover and purchase the album here.

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On Tuesday, September 9, Yo-Yo Ma will be honored with the Concertgebouw Prize for his career-long contributions to the Dutch institution’s artistic profile. Simon Reinink, managing director of the Concertgebouw, stated: "Since the beginning of his rich musical career, Yo-Yo Ma has had a close bond with the Concertgebouw. It was no coincidence that he was the first musician invited to curate the inaugural Carte Blanche series in the 1992/1993 season. It affirmed a warm musical relationship that continues to this day."

Previous recipients of the Concertgebouw Prize include mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli (2004), the Beaux Arts Trio (2006), conductor Bernard Haitink (2007), the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (2009), pianist Maurizio Pollini (2010), baritone Thomas Hampson (2011) and violinist Janine Jansen (2013).

Yo-Yo Ma is currently on European tour with the Silk Road Ensemble. They perform at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw on September 10.

On Tuesday, September 9, Yo-Yo Ma will be honored with the Concertgebouw Prize for his career-long contributions to the Dutch institution’s artistic profile. Simon Reinink, managing director of the Concertgebouw, stated: "Since the beginning of his rich musical career, Yo-Yo Ma has had a close bond with the Concertgebouw. It was no coincidence that he was the first musician invited to curate the inaugural Carte Blanche series in the 1992/1993 season. It affirmed a warm musical relationship that continues to this day."

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