On May 1, 2021, Yo-Yo Ma performs a virtual recital on Dreamstage. Titled “Beginnings,” the program is inspired by some of Yo-Yo’s earliest musical memories.

“It’s been almost exactly fifty years since I played my debut recital in Carnegie Hall on May 6, 1971, and I’ve been thinking a lot about other ‘firsts,'” says Yo-Yo. “The first pieces I studied with Leonard Rose as a young student (which include the Francoeur Sonata), the first piece I ever performed in public (the Prélude of Bach’s second cello suite), and my first foray into recording music from the violin repertoire (Paganini and Kreisler). Join me as I revisit a few of these first experiments.”

The performance will be streamed live at 2:00 pm EST. It will also be available for on-demand viewing for 48 hours from 6:00pm EST on May 1 through 6:00pm EST on May 3. Tickets are $24.99 in advance, $29.99 on the day of the performance. They can be purchased at Dreamstage.live.