Famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma to perform with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra On May 13, 2015

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Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Yo-Yo Ma, cello, Louis Langrée, conductor
Music Hall
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Tickets start at $45 in advance. Single tickets on sale Aug. 8. Subscribers may add this concert to season packages beginning June 16.
More information and tickets available by calling: (513) 381-3300 or visiting www.cincinnatisymphony.org

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra welcomes back the world’s most famous cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, for a special one-night-only concert with Music Director Louis Langrée on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. The revered musician will perform two of Tchaikovsky’s warmest works for cello and orchestra: Variations on a Rococo Theme and Andante Cantabile. Mr. Ma most recently performed with the CSO in May of 2011 in an all-Dvořák concert. Also on this sure-to-sell-out program is Schnittke’s avant-garde Moz-Art à la Haydn, which will be performed with some staging elements, as well as selections from Bizet’s Carmen and Ravel’s widely popular Bolero.

“I’m honored to work with such an admirable artist who has so greatly influenced the musical world,” said Mr. Langrée. “Not only is Yo-Yo Ma a deeply thoughtful musician, but his work in music education, with the Silk Road Project and with the Goat Rodeo Sessions demonstrates his dedication to collaboration and expanding the art form. This work has been an inspiration to many, including myself.”

Tickets for this concert start at $45. CSO subscribers may add this concert to their subscription order beginning June 16. Single tickets for this performance will be available beginning August 8. More information and tickets are available by calling the CSO Box Office at (513) 381-3300 or visiting www.cincinnatisymphony.org.

The CSO is grateful to Concert Artist Sponsor Joseph J. Schott Foundation, Francie & Tom Hiltz.

Yo-Yo Ma’s multi-faceted career is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences, and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, coming together with colleagues for chamber music or exploring cultures and musical forms outside the Western classical tradition, Mr. Ma strives to find connections that stimulate the imagination.

One of Mr. Ma’s goals is the exploration of music as a means of communication and as a vehicle for the migrations of ideas across a range of cultures throughout the world. Expanding upon this interest, in 1998, Mr. Ma established the Silk Road Project, a nonprofit arts and educational organization. Under his artistic direction, the Silk Road Project presents performances by the acclaimed Silk Road Ensemble, engages in cross-cultural exchanges and residencies, leads workshops for students, and partners with leading cultural institutions to create educational materials and programs.

The Project’s ongoing affiliation with Harvard University has made it possible to broaden and enhance educational programming. In the 2013-2014 school year, with ongoing partnerships with arts and educational organizations in New York City, it continues to expand Silk Road Connect, a multidisciplinary educational initiative for middle-school students in the city’s public schools. Developing new music is also a central undertaking of the Silk Road Project, which has been involved in commissioning and performing more than 60 new musical and multimedia works from composers and arrangers around the world.