Yo-Yo Ma has built a distinguished classical music career over the last half-decade. Reflecting on his most recent album with musical collective Silk Road Ensemble, the renowned musician speaks on perseverance and cooperation in achieving his goals.
The release of the Panama Papers has continued to rattle world leaders. Of those named is Russian cellist Sergei Roldugin, close friend to Russian president Vladimir Putin.
The first inductees into Lincoln Center's fledgling Hall of Fame arena have been announced. In the first round of names to make the cut are Louis Armstong, Plácido Domingo, Yo-Yo Ma, Audra McDonald, Leontyne Price and Harold Prince.
World renowned conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen is slated to lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in concert February 24-27 and March 1. The February 25, 26, 27 and March 1 concerts feature internationally acclaimed cellist and CSO Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma as soloist in Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1, written by the composer for his friend, the virtuoso cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) might be going through a $3 million renovation, but that doesn't mean that Louis Langrée plans to take the year off. According to the lates news update, the 55-year-old French conductor has reached out to a who's who of today's most popular classical artist in order to keep excitement for the venue alive during its transformation. Langrée recently announced that he was able to talk Yo-Yo Ma, Lang Lang and Itzhak Perlman all into dropping by for the 2016-17 season.
One of Time's Top 100 Most Influential People of 2015, Misty Copeland has become a household name for ballet. With Stephen Colbert dominating the late night circuit, Copeland teamed up with Yo-Yo Ma to celebrate his 60th for a special performance of Bach's "Cello Suite No. 2."
It isn't unexpected or completely otherworldly for some of the classical world's foremost musicians to have life-long collaborators. For iconic cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Kathryn Stott remains not just a collaborator, but a longtime friend--worthy of sharing both a stage and the bill for their new album, released today (September 18) on Sony Classical/Masterworks. Together, the duo's disc tis aptly name 'Songs from the Arc of Life.' A seemingly intimidating title, actually, the 19 tracks here are more like cadences, respites from their time together that, because life moves so fast, just have not been put to record. Of course, Ma and Stott are exploring a bit, too, offering new contents to their expansive repertoire.
Stephen Colbert was surprisingly composed in the last episode of his beloved news satire The Colbert Report--which ended on Dec. 18 and featured guests such as James Franco, Katie Couric, Jon Stewart, Yo-Yo Ma and so many more.
Your father is a master cellist and you need a tight group for your wedding reception, so what do you do? Well, in the case of Emily Horner Ma, the progeny of the world-renowned Yo-Yo Ma, ask your father not to play.
Classicalite is up-to-date with regional dance phenoms — most recently dealing with Memphis street dancers and a new style they call "jookin." Lil Buck, a dancer from the area, specializes in jookin and is known for his viral video of him performing interpretive dance to Camille Saint-Saëns's The Swan, accompanied by Yo-Yo Ma.
Morgan Neville's latest documentary film may actually be closer to star quality than Classicalite first reported--what with the news of its 2014 Oscar nomination. For world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, this is music to his ears, as the cellist has continually applauded the film-makers' success.
Sure, everyone's talking about the Oscars, but color Classicalite more impressed about this upcoming film. Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom) is directing The Sound of Silk, a new documentary following the Silk Road Ensemble, which features world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
So, apparently lots of you enjoyed our Five Best: Musicians on 'Sesame Street.' Five doesn't really do that great show justice, and besides, Classicalite staff have been besieged with indignant readers asking, "What about the one with...?" Here, then, are five more.
Chinese piano superstar Lang Lang has long been deeply involved with the United Nations as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, a role that he is known to take very seriously. Now, though, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has made him a "Messenger of Peace," which is the highest honor of its kind given by the body.
As the Metropolitan Opera reveals, via the New York Times, that new operas are on the way from Thomas Adès and Osvaldo Golijov, one can reflect on both. If English composer Adès has been sparing with his vocal works, few recent composers have had to bear the weight of Potential (with a capital P) as heavily as has Argentinian Osvaldo Golijov.