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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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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.

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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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On February 24, Yo-Yo Ma and Wu Tong guest with conductor Long Yu and the New York Philharmonic for the U.S. premiere of Zhao Lin's Duo, a double concerto for cello and sheng, as part of the orchestra's Lunar New Year celebration. The sheng is a traditional Chinese woodwind instrument comprised of 17 bamboo pipes.

"One evening Wu Tong presented me with a beautiful melody, 'Swallow Song', a love song heard on both sides of the border between China and Kazakhstan," says Ma. "The next morning, composer Zhao Lin had made an exquisite version for voice and cello of such sensitivity and taste, I thought maybe one day he might be willing to write a piece for Wu Ton and me -- the result is this Double Concerto 'Duo'."

Discover the program and purchase tickets to the February 24 concert here.

On February 24, Yo-Yo Ma and Wu Tong guest with conductor Long Yu and the New York Philharmonic for the U.S. premiere of Zhao Lin's Duo, a double concerto for cello and sheng, as part of the orchestra's Lunar New Year celebration. The sheng is a traditional Chinese woodwind instrument comprised of 17 bamboo pipes.

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As part of their 15th anniversary celebration, Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble embark on an American tour that takes this lab of musical explorers to New York City (February 19, 20, 21), Pittsburgh (February 25), Chapel Hill (February 27), Washington, DC (March 1), Boston (March 4) and Chicago (March 6).

Discover the Silk Road Ensemble's American tour dates here.

In New York City, Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble join Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic for three performances (February 19, 20, 21), which are highlighted by Osvaldo Golijov's Rose of the Winds with the Ensemble alongside the orchestra. While in New York City, the Silk Road Ensemble and Ma will also participate in an open rehearsal on February 19. In Chapel Hill on February 26, Ma and members of the Ensemble will take part in a public conversation moderated by Emil Kang.

"I am so excited to have the opportunity to tour once again with the Silk Road Ensemble this spring," says Silkroad's Artistic Director Yo-Yo Ma. "The Silk Road Ensemble demonstrates different approaches to exploring world traditions in a way that--through collaboration, flexible thinking, and disciplined imagination--allows each to flourish and evolve within its own frame. I also consider the Ensemble a lab for culture--for sharing, for being curious, and for finding connections and building trust. Openness is a choice, and I am grateful to my fellow performers for having made it their choice."

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As part of their 15th anniversary celebration, Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble embark on an American tour that takes this lab of musical explorers to New York City (February 19, 20, 21), Pittsburgh (February 25), Chapel Hill (February 27), Washington, DC (

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On January 31, 2015, Yo-Yo Ma joins the the Florida Orchestra and conductor Tito Muñoz for a gala concert featuring Dvorak's Cello Concerto. The sold-out performance also includes the composer's Carnival Overture and Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio espagnol.

On January 31, 2015, Yo-Yo Ma joins the the Florida Orchestra and conductor Tito Muñoz for a gala concert featuring Dvorak's Cello Concerto. The sold-out performance also includes the composer's Carnival Overture and Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio espagnol.

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Yo-Yo Ma kicks off 2015 with all-Bach solo recitals in Maui, Sonoma, and Bermuda. On January 22 in Maui, January 24 in Sonoma, and February 1 in Hamilton, Bermuda, Ma performs an all-Bach program comprising the composer's First, Third, and Fifth Cello Suites.

Yo-Yo Ma kicks off 2015 with all-Bach solo recitals in Maui, Sonoma, and Bermuda. On January 22 in Maui, January 24 in Sonoma, and February 1 in Hamilton, Bermuda, Ma performs an all-Bach program comprising the composer's First, Third, and Fifth Cello Suites.

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Silkroad’s Global Musician Workshop (GMW) is now accepting applications for its inaugural session, June 8 - 12, 2015. The mission of Silkroad's GMW is to foster a community of globally minded musicians engaged in learning from one another’s traditions and incorporating them into their own artistic voices.

In addition to Yo-Yo Ma’s participation in select activities, the artist-faculty will teach styles of music from across the world. GMW is directed by Silk Road Ensemble cellist Mike Block. GMW will be taught by an all-star faculty representing a unique range of backgrounds, including Sarah Jarosz (American folk), Sandeep Das (Indian tabla), Kaoru Watanabe (Japanese flutes), Hadi Eldebek (Arabic oud), Shane Shanahan (world percussion), and Mike Block (multi-style strings).

GMW is open to participants over 18 years of age, from any musical background. University/conservatory students as well as professional performers/teachers with backgrounds in Western classical, jazz, world, or folk styles will be accepted.

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Silkroad’s Global Musician Workshop (GMW) is now accepting applications for its inaugural session, June 8 - 12, 2015. The mission of Silkroad's GMW is to foster a community of globally minded musicians engaged in learning from one another’s traditions and incorporating them into their own artistic voices.

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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.

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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.

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