Renowned Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Performs in East Texas



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The University of Texas at Tyler and the East Texas Symphony Orchestra co-presents a performance by renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma at 7 p.m. September 17 at the UT Tyler Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center. The performance with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra with conductor Richard Lee includes Dvorák’s “Humoresque,” and Sibelius’ “Symphony No.1 in E Minor.” The evening features Ma performing Dvorák’s dramatic “Cello Concerto in B Minor.”

A child prodigy, Ma began performing at age four and a half. A graduate of the Juilliard School and Harvard University, he is considered to be the reigning cellist of his generation. His prolific career as a soloist performing with orchestras around the world has brought collaborations with virtually every major conductor and musical ensemble. His career as a recording artist has resulted in more than 100 albums and earned 18 Grammy awards, often in collaboration with the world’s leading artists. Yo-Yo Ma is also dedicated to bringing music to new generations through teaching, unique collaborations, and special projects. 

Yo-Yo Ma was born in 1955 to Chinese parents living in Paris. He began to study the cello with his father at age 4 and soon came with his family to New York, where he spent most of his formative years. Later, his principal teacher was Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School. He sought out a traditional liberal arts education to expand upon his conservatory training, graduating from Harvard University in 1976. He has received numerous awards, including the National Medal of the Arts (2001), the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award (2008), and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2010). In 2011, Ma was recognized as a Kennedy Center Honoree. Appointed a Culture Connect Ambassador by the United States Department of State in 2002, Ma has met with, trained, and mentored thousands of students worldwide in countries including Lithuania, Korea, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, and China. He also serves as a UN Messenger of Peace. He has performed for eight American presidents. He plays two instruments, a 1733 Montagnana cello from Venice and the 1712 Davidoff Stradivarius.

East Texas Symphony Orchestra five-concert series subscribers and UT Tyler Cowan Center Braithwaite Intimate Gatherings Series subscribers have the first opportunity to purchase tickets beginning July 17.  Public sales begin August 21. Call 903.566.7424 or visit cowancenter.org for more information.

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