A Philanthropic Symphony of Stars
Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma
He’s a Paris-born, Chinese-American cello virtuoso, multiple Grammy Award-winner, UN Peace Ambassador and Philanthropist, yes, and he’s been immortalised in an episode of The Simpsons – Yo-Yo Ma truly is the modern-day Renaissance Man.
Along with his celebrated Silk Road Ensemble, the prodigious artist returns to Chicago’s Symphony Centre for one performance only on October 13. Joining him on stage, from countries as diverse as India, Iran, Japan, China, Israel, Spain and the US, are some of the world’s finest musicians, including pipa-master Wu Man, revered tabla player Sandeep Das and Kayhan Kalhor on the kamancheh.
Aside from bearing witness to Ma’s renowned electric performance style, audience members will be treated to a spectacle celebrating both today’s cultural hybridity and eclecticism, as well as the musical traditions of East and West.
Featuring in the stellar program is Uzbekistanian composer Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky’s newly commissioned piece Sacred Signs (inspired by the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring ballet), along with New York-based pianist Vijay Iyer’s Jazz-infused Playlist for an Extreme Occasion. And if that is simply not enough music for one night, head for pre or post drinks at ace plate-glass amber and onyx shrine to bubbles, Pops for Champagne, where there’s live jazz nightly, and a fizz menu spanning nearly 200 varieties. Encore!