The performance Putnam County residents have long been anticipating — when legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma returns to town to open the 2017/18 Green Guest Artist series — is happening this week. Although the 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, concert by Ma has already sold out, several exciting musical events will herald the renowned artist's return to Greencastle, including DePauw Film Studies’ free screening of The Music of Strangers, the extraordinary award-winning film about the founding of Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble (Tues 9/26@7 p.m.), and the inaugural Launch Competition Winner's Concert by 9 Horses at Music on the Square (Thurs. 9/28@7:30 p.m.). Here’s the line up for this week’s festivities: 

Film Screening: “The Music of Strangers:

Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble

Tuesday, Sept. 26
7:00 p.m. Performance by Eric Edberg
7:30 p.m. Free film screening
Green Center, Thompson Recital Hall

Cellist Eric Edberg will warm up the audience with a performance of Bach’s Prelude in G, as well as discuss the special relationship Yo-Yo Ma has with the DePauw and Greencastle community, before the screening of The Music of Strangers. Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville’s feature-length documentary tells the extraordinary story of the renowned international musical collective created by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma, focusing on the journeys of a small group of Silk Road Ensemble mainstays. Through these moving individual narratives, the filmmakers paint a vivid portrait of a bold musical experiment and a global search for the ties that bind. Co-sponsored by Film Studies, DePauw School of Music and Asian Studies. 

Launch Competition Winners’ Concert 
with 9 HORSES
Thursday, Sept. 28 • 7:30 p.m.
Music on the Square, 21 N. Indiana Street

The School of Music is thrilled to present 9 Horses in performance at M2. Winner of the inaugural 21CM Emerging Artist Competition, this eclectic band of extraordinary musicians brings together the genre-hopping original compositions of leader Joe Brent (mandolin), the formidable improvisations of Sara Caswell (violin) and artistic fluency of Andrew Ryan (bass). 

Pop-up Performance: Members of Chicago Civic and DePauw University Orchestras
Friday, Sept. 29 • 6:15 p.m.
Hoover Hall and Stewart Plaza

Hear members of the Chicago Civic and DePauw University orchestras collaborate on a daring performance of Brandenburg III! (There may even be a surprise visit by Yo-Yo Ma!)

Green Guest Artist Concert: Yo-Yo Ma and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago—SOLD OUT
Edwin Outwater, conductor
Saturday, Sept. 30 • 8 p.m.
Green Center, Kresge Auditorium

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.

Community Music Day 
Sunday, Oct. 1 • Beginning at 10 a.m.
Greencastle and DePauw University

Members of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago will join with DePauw music students to present a Community Music Day in Greencastle. Tentative locations for these performances are:

Asbury Towers ~ Debussy Harp/Viola/Flute Trio; Mozart Woodwind/Piano Quintet
First Christian Church ~ Civic Strings and Asbury String Quartet
Gobin Memorial Church ~ Tchaikovsky Strings and Faure/Schubert Chamber Orchestra
Holton Quad ~ Percussion Quartet
Music on the Square ~ Dvorák Strings and Civic Brass Ensembles 

All events, other than the sold-out concert on Saturday, are free and open to all to attend.