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New York Philharmonic This Week

Kurt Masur and Yo-Yo Ma

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Music Director Emeritus Kurt Masur leads the New York Philharmonic in Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with Yo-Yo Ma as soloist.

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New Sounds

A New Sounds Christmas

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Hear some unusual takes on holiday melodies, with a famous carol played on musical saws, eccentric takes on Christmas tunes from banjo wiz Bela Fleck, & Breton choir Du Bout Du Monde.

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WQXR Blog

Yo-Yo Ma's Daughter Did Not Want Her Father to Play Cello at Wedding

Monday, October 06, 2014

Emily Hornor Ma, the daughter of Yo-Yo Ma, was married on Sept. 27 at a church in Lenox, Mass., but asked her father not to play at the wedding.
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WQXR Blog

Aural Argument? Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Plays Supreme Court

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Ma entertained Wednesday at the court's annual spring musical concert in an ornate conference room beneath portraits of Chief Justices Warren Burger and William Rehnquist.

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New Sounds

Global Appalachia

Saturday, April 26, 2014

This New Sounds mixes up traditional songs from the Appalachian mountains  with the traditions of Mali, China, and beyond.  Hear from Jayme Stone & Mansa Sissoko on a new project "Africa To Appalachia."  There's also pipa player Wu Man & banjo-man Lee Knight collaborating on "I’m Going Back To North Carolina."  Listen for an arrangement of "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow," and more.

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WQXR Blog

Top 5 Classical Music Moments on the 'Late Show with David Letterman'

Friday, April 04, 2014

In his 30-plus years at the helm of late night shows, David Letterman has played host to thousands of musicians. Every so often a classical performer would sneak into the mix.

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All Ears with Terrance McKnight

Musical Polyglots

Saturday, March 15, 2014

This week, host Terrance McKnight considers musical polyglots – musicians who depart from this trend and are fluent in various musical dialects and performance practices.

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WQXR Blog

Video: Yo-Yo Ma Stuns Shoppers with Pop-Up Concert in Chicago Mall

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Holiday shopping can be exhausting. And stressful. But a pop-up concert with Yo-Yo Ma can apparently draw shoppers away from their December to-do lists.

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Live Broadcasts

Listen: NY Philharmonic's Opening Night Gala

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

On Sept. 25, WQXR brought you the New York Philharmonic's season opener with Yo-Yo Ma as the soloist. Featured were works by Ravel, Piazzolla and Golijov.

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Together In Song

Dona Nobis Pacem

Sunday, August 18, 2013

This week’s program is called "Dona Nobis Pacem" — "Give Us Peace" — and features music of remembrance, reflection and hope, that brings people together in the face of tragic events. 

Showdown @ High Noon

One Cellist, Three Concertos

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

This week's Showdown offered up three major cello concertos from three different musical eras, each performed by one very popular cellist, Yo-Yo Ma.

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New Sounds

Silk Road Ensemble and Side Roads

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble explored the music of the famed trade route, and for this New Sounds program, we’ll follow some of the side roads, featuring musicians from the Silk Road Ensemble.  Hear from Japanese composer and shakuhachi player Kojiro Umezaki, who incorporates both traditional instruments and technology into his work.   We’ll hear one of Umezaki’s compositions, performed by Brooklyn Rider (also musicians of the Silk Road Ensemble.)

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WQXR Blog

Yo-Yo Ma Joins White House Plan to Teach Arts in Failing Schools

Monday, April 23, 2012

The cellist Yo-Yo Ma joins Sarah Jessica Parker and Forest Whitaker in adopting some of the nation's worst-performing schools.

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New Sounds

Silk Road Ensemble and Side Roads

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble explored the music of the famed trade route, and for this New Sounds program, we’ll follow some of the side roads, featuring musicians from the Silk Road Ensemble.  Hear from Japanese composer and shakuhachi player Kojiro Umezaki, who incorporates both traditional instruments and technology into his work.   We’ll hear one of Umezaki’s compositions, performed by Brooklyn Rider (also musicians of the Silk Road Ensemble.)  

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Studio 360

Re-creations, Yo-Yo Ma, Civil War

Saturday, January 13, 2001

Host Kurt Andersen and special guest New Yorker critic Adam Gopnik discuss why artists, musicians and people from all walks of life choose to recreate artifacts from the past - on canvas, in the concert hall and on the battlefield. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma talks about baroque music on original instruments and New Urbanist architect Andres Duany describes creating new towns from the layout of old cities. We also profile arts educator and philosopher Maxine Greene and contemplate the design of the Post-it note.

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