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Yo-Yo Ma to perform benefit concert at Yale January 13

Concert will benefit the Yale School of Music cello program
November 17, 2014
Yo-Yo Ma | Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Yo-Yo Ma | Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, whose artistry and wide-ranging interests have earned him the adulation of audiences worldwide, will come to Yale University to perform a special benefit concert in Woolsey Hall on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Appearing at the invitation of legendary cellist and Yale professor Aldo Parisot, Yo-Yo Ma will perform a suite by J.S. Bach for solo cello, in a duet with Yale assistant professor of cello Ole Akahoshi, and as a concerto soloist with members of the Yale Philharmonia conducted by Mr. Parisot.

Of special interest, Yo-Yo Ma will interview Aldo Parisot onstage after intermission in what should be a lively and informative conversation between two masters of the cello who have enjoyed a warm friendship for many years. Parisot first heard Yo-Yo Ma perform in New York when Ma a fourteen-year-old prodigy, and he continued to follow the young cellist’s career. “I always admired his playing—he’s a wonderful artist,” says Parisot. “And as it turns out, he admired me too! It’s that simple.”

The concert will benefit the Cello Enrichment Fund at the Yale School of Music, which provides funding to cello students to support their burgeoning careers. Nearly twenty years ago, a similar concert took place in Woolsey Hall, for the benefit of scholarships at the Yale School of Music, in which Yo-Yo Ma appeared at the invitation of Aldo Parisot as soloist in two concertos with an orchestra conducted by Parisot and in the Debussy Cello Sonata, with pianist Elizabeth Parisot.

Earlier, in 1987, Yale University awarded Yo-Yo Ma an honorary Doctor of Music degree.

The program on January 13 will include J.S. Bach’s Suite No. 3 in C major for solo cello, Jean-Baptiste Barrière’s Sonata in G major for two cellos, and Franz Josef Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major.

Tickets, general admission within sections of Woolsey Hall, are available through the Yale School of Music box office, located in the lobby of Sprague Hall at 470 College Street; online at music.yale.edu; or by phone at 203 432-4158. Ticket prices range from $25 to $50, with a $10 discount off any ticket for students. Patron tickets start at $75.

NOTE: Availability is limited. A block of tickets will be released for sale on Tuesday, January 6 at noon.


About Yo-Yo Ma

The many-faceted career of cellist Yo-Yo Ma is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Mr. Ma maintains a balance between his engagements as soloist with orchestras worldwide and his recital and chamber music activities. His discography includes over 90 albums, including more than 17 Grammy award winners.

Mr. Ma serves as the Artistic Director of the Silk Road Project, an organization he founded to promote the study of cultural, artistic and intellectual traditions along the ancient Silk Road trade routes. Since the Project’s inception, more than 60 works have been commissioned specifically for the Silk Road Ensemble, which tours annually. Mr. Ma also serves as the Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Negaunee Music Institute. His work focuses on the transformative power music can have in individuals’ lives, and on increasing the number and variety of opportunities audiences have to experience music in their communities.

Mr. Ma was born in Paris to Chinese parents who later moved the family to New York. He began to study cello at the age of four, attended the Juilliard School and in 1976 graduated from Harvard University. He has received numerous awards, among them the Avery Fisher Prize (1978), the National Medal of Arts (2001), and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2010). In 2011; Mr. Ma was recognized as a Kennedy Center Honoree. Mr. Ma has a very strong interest in the importance of culture in society and the ways in which it can produce positive social change. He is currently serving as a UN Messenger of Peace and as a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts & the Humanities. Most recently, Mr. Ma has joined the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees. He has performed for eight American presidents, most recently at the invitation of President Obama on the occasion of the 56th Inaugural Ceremony. WEBSITE