NY Phil Plays On: Yo-Yo Ma Plays Dvořák
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NY Phil Plays On: Yo-Yo Ma Plays Dvořák

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Date & Times

14

May, 2020

Thursday, 7:30 PM

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Please note: This online event expired on July 23, 2020.

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The New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center at Home co-present a rebroadcast of the 1995 Live From Lincoln Center episode featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma as soloist in Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, conducted by then Music Director Kurt Masur. The broadcast is preceded by a recently recorded interview between Mr. Ma and Alec Baldwin. Be part of the real-time audience experience on Facebook or YouTube on Thursday, May 14 at 7:30 PM EDT, or catch it on-demand afterward.

Program

Dvořák

Cello Concerto

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Artists

Kurt Masur

Conductor

Kurt Masur

Conductor

Kurt Masur

Conductor

1991–2002, Music Director Emeritus

b. Brieg, Silesia, July 17, 1927
d. Greenwich, Connecticut, December 19, 2015

Kurt Masur is one of the most widely admired and respected musicians of his generation, not only as a distinguished conductor, but also as a humanist. A frequent guest conductor with the world's leading orchestras, Masur holds the lifetime title of Honorary Guest Conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He has received numerous honorary degrees from American colleges and conservatories, and has been a professor at the Leipzig Academy of Music since 1975. Musical America named Masur Musician of the Year for 1993, and in 1996 he was awarded the Gold Medal of Honor for Music from the National Arts Club. The following year, he was awarded the titles of Commander of the Legion of Honor from the Government of France and New York City Cultural Ambassador from the City of New York. In 1998, Masur celebrated 50 years as a professional conductor.

Before becoming the New York Philharmonic's Music Director in 1991, Masur served as Kapellmeister of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, a position of profound historic importance previously held by Mendelssohn, Nikisch, Furtwängler, and Walter. Upon his retirement as Music Director in 2002, the Philharmonic named him Conductor Laureate.

Masur's close and intense collaboration with the New York Philharmonic has been marked by a consistently high quality of playing and artistic spirit. Masur's recordings with the Philharmonic include a Liszt/Kodály album and the four Brahms symphonies. Successful new initiatives introduced under his direction have included the Rush Hour Concerts, Philharmonic Celebrations, Children's Promenades, and Philharmonic Forums. Masur has also been an outspoken advocate for, and demonstrated a major personal commitment to, music education in the New York community.

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Yo-Yo Ma

Cello

Yo-Yo Ma

Cello

Yo-Yo Ma

Cello

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s multifaceted 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 role in society, or engaging unexpected musical forms, Mr. Ma strives to foster connections that stimulate the imagination and reinforce our humanity.

With partners from around the world and across disciplines, he creates programs that stretch the boundaries of genre and tradition to explore music-making as a means not only to share and express meaning, but also as a model for the cultural collaboration he considers essential to a strong society. Expanding upon this belief, in 1998 Mr. Ma established Silkroad, a collective of artists from around the world who create music that engages their many traditions.

This year, Mr. Ma begins a new journey, setting out to perform J.S. Bach’s complete Cello Suites in one sitting in 36 locations around the world, iconic venues that encompass our cultural heritage, our current creativity, and the challenges of peace and understanding that will shape our future. Each concert will be an example of culture’s power to create moments of shared understanding, as well as an invitation to a larger conversation about culture, society, and the themes that connect us all.

Yo-Yo Ma was born to Chinese parents living in Paris in 1955. He began to study the cello with his father at age four and three years later moved with his family to New York City, where he continued his cello studies with Leonard Rose at The Juilliard School. After his conservatory training, he sought out a liberal arts education, graduating from Harvard University with a degree in anthropology in 1976. He has performed for eight American presidents, most recently at the invitation of President Obama on the occasion of the 56th Inaugural Ceremony.

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