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Yo-Yo Ma returns to Tanglewood this summer for four concerts featuring collaborations with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos, the Boston Cello Quartet and more. On August 2, 2015, Ma joins Andris Nelsons, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and BSO principal violist Steven Ansell in a performance of Strauss’s Don Quixote. The performance is part of Tanglewood’s season celebration of the 400th anniversary of the publication of Cervantes’ seminal work. Then on August 6, Yo-Yo 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 perform a complete cycle of Beethoven’s Cello Sonatas. The recital takes place on August 9 in the Koussevitzky Music Shed.

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 Shakespeare and Cervantes.

Discover the 2015 Tanglewood season here.

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On August 7, 2015, Yo-Yo Ma joins the Philadelphia Orchestra  and conductor Stéphane Denève for Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

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Ma’s summer season also includes four performances at the Tanglewood Festival, beginning with an August 2 performance of Strauss’s Don Quixote with Andris Nelsons, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and BSO principal violist Steven Ansell.

On August 6, Ma reunites with Emanuel Ax and violinist Leonidas Kavakos for an all-Brahms program at Seiji Ozawa Hall. And for the second time in their performance history at Tanglewood, Ma and Ax will perform the complete Beethoven Cello Sonatas on August 9.

In a special event on August 13, Ma joins fellow cellists Mike Block, Monika Leskovar, Giovanni Sollima, and the Boston Cello Quartet for an Ozawa Hall program entitled A Distant Mirror, exploring the musical worlds and contemporary resonances of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Discover the 2015 Tanglewood season here.

Following his summer performances at Tanglewood, Ma embarks on a European tour with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, beginning August 25 at the Salzburger Festspiele with Andris Nelsons and violist Steven Ansell, featuring Strauss’s Don Quixote.

Ma’s performances with the BSO continue on August 31 at the Lucerne Festival and on September 3 at the Philharmonie de Paris.

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This summer, Yo-Yo ma performs Bach’s cello suites at the Salzburger Festspiele and the BBC Proms. On August 29, 2015 in Salzburg, Ma presents a program comprising the composer’s First, Fifth, and Sixth Cello Suites.

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On September 5 Ma takes the stage of London’s Royal Albert Hall to perform a complete cycle of Bach’s Cello Suites. Listen live on the air and online via BBC Radio 3. On September 10, BBC Four will televise the full performance.

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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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