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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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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To celebrate his creative partnership with the Dutch music scene, Sony Music releases "In Good Company: Yo-Yo Ma in the Netherlands" ("In Goed Gezelschap: Yo-Yo Ma in Nederland"), a five-CD box set featuring bonus archival footage, a 40-page hardcover book, and tributes from collaborators. The music included on "In Good Company" spans music from Bach, to Boccherini, to Reijseger, to Tan Dun.

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To celebrate his creative partnership with the Dutch music scene, Sony Music releases "In Good Company: Yo-Yo Ma in the Netherlands" ("In Goed Gezelschap: Yo-Yo Ma in Nederland"), a five-CD box set featuring bonus archival footage, a 40-page hardcover book, and tributes from collaborators. The music included on "In Good Company" spans music from Bach, to Boccherini, to Reijseger, to Tan Dun.

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On Monday, September 8, Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble give their first performance together at Paris's Theatre des Champs-Élysées, celebrating 15 years of cultural exploration through music. For Silk Road Project founder Yo-Yo Ma, the concert is remarkable:

"In 1941, my father's dissertation at the Sorbonne was published. The topic was 'La musique chinoise du style Europeen.' 60 years later, in 2001, the Silk Road Ensemble made its first world tour across three continents, addressing a similar idea: we performed music that spanned the Mediterranean to the Pacific, joining millennia-old traditions with contemporary forms, celebrating and connecting tradition with innovation. It is particularly moving to me that we are performing at the Theatre de Champs-Élysées, which opened in the heyday of Debussy and Ravel only 24 years after the Exposition Universelle where they first encountered gamelan music and other musics from around the world. This transformational moment had two results: the invention of a new 'world classical music', and music that became and remained even more quintessentially French. At Silk Road, for the past 15 years, we have been modeling this same value of joining tradition with innovation. We hope you will join us in our continuing exploration."

Join Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble at the Theatre de Champs-Élysées.

On Monday, September 8, Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble give their first performance together at Paris's Theatre des Champs-Élysées, celebrating 15 years of cultural exploration through music. For Silk Road Project founder Yo-Yo Ma, the concert is remarkable:

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Yo-Yo Ma sat down with Krista Tippett for a feature-length conversation about performance as hospitality, his philosophy of curiosity about life, and beauty. The podcast is available to enjoy at the On Being website, on iTunes, and with the On Being App.

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Yo-Yo Ma sat down with Krista Tippett for a feature-length conversation about performance as hospitality, his philosophy of curiosity about life, and beauty. The podcast is available to enjoy at the On Being website, on iTunes, and with the On Being App.

Listen to the On Being podcast at its website.

Download the podcast from iTunes.

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Amazon is currently offering “Classic Yo-Yo” and “Essential Yo-Yo Ma” as part of its Greatest Hits sale. The digital albums can be purchased at a special discounted price for a limited time through September 15.

Amazon is currently offering “Classic Yo-Yo” and “Essential Yo-Yo Ma” as part of its Greatest Hits sale. The digital albums can be purchased at a special discounted price for a limited time through September 15.

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