- 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.
- September 8, 2014
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.
- September 8, 2014
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.
- September 6, 2014
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."
- September 5, 2014
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.