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Bits & Bytes: Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax benefit concert; Simon’s Rock faculty, students’ study published; new ‘LitNet Presents’ episode; ‘8 by 7’ poetry reading; BCC info sessions

EGREMONT — Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Emanuel Ax will perform a benefit concert for Greenagers on Wednesday, July 7 at 6 p.m., outdoors under a tent at the April Hill Conservation Center. An outdoor reception follows for top-tier ticket holders. Tickets can be purchased online. Ma and Ax offered...
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Yo-Yo Ma Answers Questions About the Cello

As part of the Tech Support series, Wired had Yo-Yo Ma answer some questions about the cello and music sent in by Twitter users. What I like about this is that no critic or professional interviewer would ask these questions (they are “bad” interview questions) and yet Ma answers them all generously and thoughtfully. It reminds me a little bit of when Vogue trained an AI program to interview Billie Eilish:

Paul Nicklen & Yo-Yo Ma Collaborate In 'Antarctica: Life Emerging' – Watch The Free World Premiere June 7

Watch the free world premiere of ‘Antarctica: Life Emerging’ on June 7 at 7 p.m. ET. The 13-minute film is a musical journey through the icy landscape of Antarctica and was created by award-winning composer Marcus Goddard and features cinematography by world-renowned photographer and Sony Artisan Paul Nicklen, along with a solo by celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The premiere will be followed by a conversation with Paul Nicklen, Yo-Yo Ma, Marcus Goddard, and Katie Couric.
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Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile’s long-awaited Goat Rodeo reunion

Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile’s long-awaited Goat Rodeo reunion slated for Aug. 15. Live from the intimate VPAC Rocky Mountain theater in Beaver Creek. Beaver Creek, Colo., May 31, 2021— For the first time in nearly a decade, four string virtuosos — Yo-Yo Ma on cello, Stuart Duncan on fiddle, Edgar Meyer on bass, and Chris Thile on mandolin — are coming back together for the long-awaited Goat Rodeo reunion. Vocalist Aoife O’Donovan will join the musicians. Together they create a collision of sound that feels part Americana, part bluegrass and part classical. The shows take place at 5 p.m. & 8 p.m. on Aug. 15.
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‘Desus & Mero’: Yo-Yo Ma and The Bodega Boys, the Perfect Combo to Start Your Weekend Right

If you’ve spent the last year in quarantine, what better guide to introduce you back into life outside than the world’s most famous cellist?. Over the past few weeks, “Desus and Mero” has been tossing in some filmed segments done outside the two hosts’ respective home studios. Few of them have been fueled by as much unadulterated joy as Desus Nice and The Kid Mero’s visit to Cambridge, Massachusetts, curated by the ever-illustrious Yo-Yo Ma.
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MSO’s 2021-’22 season to feature Yo-Yo Ma, Beatles tribute and more

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s first official season in the new Bradley Symphony Center will include a performance by Yo-Yo Ma, a world premiere commission, a screening of “The Princess Bride” with live orchestra accompaniment and a tribute to the Beatles. MSO music director Ken-David Masur announced on Friday plans for the...
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World-famous cellist Yo-Yo-Ma performs moving Bach piece to ‘comfort’ India during Covid crisis

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma played a “Sarabande” from Bach’s suite as part of his Songs Of Comfort initiative for India while the country confronts a dreadful second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.The mini-concert was the American-Chinese cellist’s way of comforting everyone during times of distress. He wrote on Twitter: “For India. Sarabande from Bach’s Suite for Solo Cello No. 4. #songsofcomfort”Ma chose to play Bach’s Suite for Solo Cello No 4, which gave some comfort to individuals from their agony and sufferings, with many expressing gratitude toward him for his deeply moving rendition.One fan wrote: “Needed this after trying to...
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Yo-Yo Ma Is Our Next Music Director

In March, renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma gave an impromptu performance at his local vaccination clinic in the Berkshires after receiving his second dose. Throughout the pandemic he held virtual concerts for hospitals and played pop-up shows for frontline workers from a flatbed truck with pianist Emanuel Ax. “Humans are inventive,” Ma says. “We find other ways to reach out when we can’t be physically close together.” He curated a playlist around this issue’s theme of beauty—a notion that, for him, centers on human nature and how we connect with one another and the natural world. “By playing the cello, I’m interpreting what I think, feel, and touch through my hands,” he explains. “This playlist unites all of that.” Along with a rendition of Felix Mendelssohn’s “Song without Words,” by “blazing comet” cellist Jacqueline du Pré, it includes “Gabriel’s Oboe,” by Ennio Morricone, which “makes you feel glorious—the world opens up, the sun is shining, and you’re looking at the most beautiful vista”; “Early Morning Breeze,” by Dolly Parton, who “always maintains the voice of hope and generosity”; and “Tayf (Ghost),” by Lebanese band Mashrou’ Leila. “It’s about the ghosts of the past,” says Ma. “It represents the courage and resilience of a people who find beauty amidst wars, bombs, and chaos.”

Yo-Yo Ma Answers Cello Questions From Twitter

Yo-Yo Ma uses the power of Twitter to answer some common questions about playing cello. Would Yo-Yo Ma ever collaborate with a rapper? Why is it that in every movie the cellist plays Bach's Cello Suite No. 1? Why are cellos so expensive? Can you hurt you arm playing the cello? Yo-Yo answers all these questions and much, much more.

Yo-Yo Ma: Beginner's Mind

JONATHAN COULTON, BYLINE: This is NPR's ASK ME ANOTHER. I'm Jonathan Coulton. Here's your host, Ophira Eisenberg. Thank you, Jonathan. It's time to welcome our special guest. Yo-Yo Ma is a world-renowned cellist. He has 18 Grammy Awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. You can hear him in the new Audible original series "Words + Music," free to U.S. listeners.