All the things I love about life outside music have to do with people . . . Yo-Yo Ma
A few years ago, I found myself in Cambridge MA for the weekend looking for something to do. I discovered that steps from my hotel, a benefit concert was scheduled in a small chapel on the Harvard campus. Yo-Yo Ma would be playing there that evening. By some undeserved miracle, my husband and I were able to get last-minute tickets. It was the first time I had heard Yo-Yo Ma live. It was sublime. But what I also remember was how he walked out into the chapel twenty minutes before he actually made his formal entrance onto the stage. He was introducing himself and shaking hands with members of the audience. He seemed surprisingly relaxed, warm and friendly.
He is known for his cello, and he will be playing it with the Silk Road Ensemble at a sold-out concert at the Hopkins Center. Yo-Yo Ma will also be speaking on Wednesday, April 4, in Spaulding Auditorium. Below is the info about this presentation.
Montgomery Fellowship Lecture by Yo-Yo Ma: Culture, Understanding, and Survival
Yo-Yo Ma’s multi-faceted career is testament to his enduring belief in culture’s power to generate trust and understanding. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, collaborating with communities and institutions to explore culture’s social impact, or engaging unexpected musical forms, Ma strives to foster connections that stimulate the imagination and reinforce our humanity.
Wednesday, April 4, 4 pm
Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College
Free, no tickets required
(photo by Todd Rosenberg)