Yo-Yo Ma returns to the IDAGIO Global Concert Hall on Friday, October 23, 2020, with a live concert event honouring the 75th anniversary of the UN’s creation. Three performances throughout the day make it possible to enjoy this event LIVE from every time zone in the world.


Tickets are $9.90 and grant access to all three live events plus 48 hours of on-demand viewing.


Note that each live session is the same program. Click on the link below to purchase a ticket to whichever one works best for you, but tune in to any of them on October 23!


Live Session 1 – October 23 8:00 am EST (evening in Asia, Australia & Oceania)

Live Session 2 – October 23 at 2:00 pm EST (evening in Europe, Africa & the Middle East)

Live Session 3 – October 23 at 8:00 pm (evening in the Americas)

About the Program

In October 1945, the world came together to ratify the United Nations Charter. “It must have been,” Yo-Yo Ma has said, “a moment of profound hope for the future, a step towards a world defined by equality, opportunity, and safety for all.”


Yo-Yo Ma honours the 75th anniversary of the UN’s creation with a special musical event inspired by the simple belief that we must work together to build the world we need. The superstar cellist, who is a United Nations Messenger of Peace, performs in three parts live from Boston, presenting a programme that weaves in musical and video creations by artists from around the world. Together, their work reminds us of the values we share, the common challenges we face, and the hope that we can find solutions together.


From cello arrangements of works by Beethoven and the Lebanese rock band Mashrou’ Leila to a new collaboration with South African jazz great Abdullah Ibrahim, Yo-Yo Ma shares music, words, and images that offer renewed hope for a better future in which we live in balance with one another and with nature.


Song of the Birds (Traditional Catalan song)

Max Richter: All Human Beings
Yulia Mahr, film

Ludwig van Beethoven (arr. Peter Lichtenthal): Symphony No. 6 (“Pastoral”), II. – “Szene am Bach”

Antonín Dvořák (arr. Dara Hankins): Songs My Mother Taught Me
Dara Hankins, cello (II–VII)

Abdullah Ibrahim: Soweto
Abdullah Ibrahim, piano

Zolani Mahola and Seachange Collective: Amphibious Soul
Zolani Mahola, vocals
Madosini, mhrube mouthbow
Jonny Blundell, guitar
Brydon Bolton, double bass
Hans Huyssen, cello arrangement
Ronan Skillen and Tom Foster, sea percussion
Sea Change Project, film

Mashrou’ Leila (arr. Mike Block): Tayf

Wu Tong: Rain Falling from the Roof
Wu Tong, sheng

Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen (Traditional, arr. Harry Burleigh)
Nathaniel Taylor, cello

Antonín Dvořák (arr. William Arms Fisher): Going Home (from Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, “From the New World”)

Simple Gifts (Traditional, arr. Aaron Copland)