- April 13, 2015
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.
- March 16, 2015
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.
- March 12, 2015
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.
- February 18, 2015
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 Tong and me – the result is this Double Concerto ‘Duo'."
- February 6, 2015
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).
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.”
- January 14, 2015
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.