Yo-Yo Ma Plays With Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra This Thursday

World renowned musician Yo-Yo Ma performs for the Circle City this Thursday, October 1 with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. The performance in Indianapolis downtown at the Hilbert Circle Theatre gets underway at 7:30 pm. The people of Indianapolis have turned out in throngs when this cellist played Indianapolis over a decade ago. He returns to Indy once again to share his musical talents with the Hoosier state.

Yo-Yo Ma is making his triumphant return to our fair city, and he will undoubtedly take over Indianapolis arts and Indianapolis music as he sits with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra this Thursday. Yo-Yo Ma has played with some of the most well known musicians in the world from James Taylor to Emanuel Ax. Perhaps the most interesting thing about Ma is that he has been a citizen of the world, quiet literally, since birth. Yo-Yo Ma was born in 1955 to Chinese parents living in Paris. He began to study the cello with his father at age four and soon came with his family to New York, where he spent most of his formative years.

Yo Yo Ma playing Bachs prelude to Cello Suite 1

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 Avery Fisher Prize (1978), the Glenn Gould Prize (1999), the National Medal of the Arts (2001), the Dan David Prize (2006), the Sonning Prize (2006), and the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award (2008).

Appointed a CultureConnect Ambassador by the United States Department of State in 2002, Yo-Yo Ma has met with, trained and mentored thousands of students worldwide including Lithuania, Korea, Lebanon, Azerbaijan and China. He has performed with and conducted master classes for members of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra. In 2006, Secretary General Kofi Annan named him a U.N. Messenger of Peace and in 2007 Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon extended his appointment.

Now this globe trotting musician will play exclusively for Indianapolis. This one night only Indianapolis event will feature Yo-Yo Ma performing the crown jewel of the cello repertoire, Dvorák’s Cello Concerto. The Orchestra will compliment this performance with their own rendition of Richard Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks under the baton of Maestro Venzago.

Ma’s return to Indianapolis has been highly anticipated by Indianapolis culture. The last time he performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra was a sold-out appearance in the 1996 Opening Night Gala.The people of Indianapolis can not wait to welcome him back on this cool Fall Thursday night.

Make an evening of it by visiting some of the classiest Indianapolis bars and Indianapolis restaurants in Indianapolis downtown. Compliment this first class musical experience with a first class dinner at Fogo do Chao or Palamino’s before the show. Then cleanse your musical pallet with a martini from 6 Lounge or Blu Lounge.

For more information about Yo-Yo Ma’s one night only appearance in Indianapolis, visit the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s official website. While you are there learn more about upcoming events happening with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at the Hilbert Circle Theatre, a premiere Indianapolis theater venue.

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