Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 5:00 pm - Mechanics Hall
Yo-Yo Ma's multi-faceted career is testament to his enduring belief in culture's power to generate trust and understanding. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, collaborating with communities and institutions to explore culture's role in society, or engaging unexpected musical forms, Yo-Yo strives to foster connections that stimulate the imagination and reinforce our humanity.
With partners from around the world and across disciplines, he creates programs that stretch the boundaries of genre and tradition to explore music-making as a means not only to share and express meaning, but also as a model for the cultural collaboration he considers essential to a strong society. Expanding upon this belief, in 1998 Yo-Yo established Silkroad, a collective of artists from around the world who create music that engages their many traditions.
This year, Yo-Yo begins a new journey, setting out to perform Johann Sebastian Bach's six suites for solo cello in one sitting in 36 locations around the world, iconic venues that encompass our cultural heritage, our current creativity, and the challenges of peace and understanding that will shape our future. Each concert will be an example of culture's power to create moments of shared understanding, as well as an invitation to a larger conversation about culture, society, and the themes that connect us all.
PROGRAM -- "Culture, Understanding, and Survival - Six Decades with Bach"
J. S. Bach:
Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009
Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012
Music Worcester wishes to thank the following for their early leadership gifts that made Mr. Ma's upcoming appearance possible:
- The Arthur M. and Martha R. Pappas Foundation & Dr. Martha R. Pappas
- The C. Jean & Myles McDonough Charitable Foundation, Mrs. C. Jean McDonough, and Lisa & Neil McDonough
- The Ruth H. and Warren A. Ellsworth Foundation
- The Stoddard Charitable Trust
Watch Yo-Yo perform Bach's Bourrée I & II from Solo Cello Suite No. 3 at Mechanics Hall:
NEW YORK TIMES: "Yo-Yo Ma Wants Bach to Save The World"
Read more about Yo-Yo's new Bach performance project