- October 22, 2014
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.”
- October 21, 2014
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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“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.
- October 15, 2014
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.
Watch the live webcast here.
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
- September 26, 2014
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).
- September 26, 2014
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.