Green Concert: Yo-Yo Ma and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago
Event Update: Out of respect for observers of Yom Kippur, the time of this concert has been changed to begin at 8 p.m., rather than 7:30 as previously listed.
A promoter of global awareness and cultural understanding, and a virtual rock star in the classical music world, the internationally revered cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago will open DePauw’s 2017/18 Green Guest Artist Concert Series. Presented as part of the School of Music’s 21st-Century Musician Initiative, for which Ma serves as honorary chair, the performance marks this phenomenal artist’s third appearance at DePauw.
“We transcend technique in order to seek out the truths in our world in a way that gives meaning and sustenance. . . . That’s art for life’s sake.”
— Yo-Yo Ma, Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant
CLAUDE DEBUSSY ~ Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
IGOR STRAVINSKY ~ The Firebird Suite (1919)
OSVALDO GOLIJOV ~ Azul
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Michael Ward-Bergeman, hyper-accordion
Jamey Haddad and Cyro Baptista, percussion
About the Artist
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 current discography includes over 100 albums and 18 Grammy awards.
Ma serves as the artistic director of Silkroad, an organization he founded to promote cross-cultural performance and collaborations. Since its creation, more than 80 works have been commissioned specifically for the Silk Road Ensemble, which tours annually. Ma also serves as the Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Negaunee Music Institute. His work with both organizations 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.
Born in Paris to Chinese parents, Ma began to study cello at the age of four, attended the Juilliard School in New York 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, the cellist was recognized as a Kennedy Center Honoree. He has performed for eight American presidents, most recently at the invitation of President Obama on the occasion of the 56th Inaugural Ceremony.
Mr. Ma plays a 1733 Montagnana cello from Venice and the 1712 Davidoff Stradivarius.