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Amelia Islander

Yo-Yo Ma on January 14

Jan 06, 2016 02:00AM
Yo-Yo Ma will make his first appearance in 20 years in northeastern Florida by opening the Festival’s 15th anniversary season. Universally considered one of the world’s greatest cellists, he has made over 90 recordings and received 18 Grammy Awards. Yo-Yo Ma is acclaimed for his extraordinary technique, rich tone, and collaborations with musicians from other genres and cultures, which have reinvigorated classical music and expanded its audience. Ma’s multi-faceted career is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences, and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, coming together with colleagues for chamber music or exploring cultures and musical forms outside the Western classical tradition, Mr. Ma strives to find connections that stimulate the imagination. The January 14th concert will include Partita, Op. 31 by Saygun, Suites No. 1 in G Major BWV 1007, No. 2 in D minor BWV 1008, and No. 6 in D major BWV 1021 by Johann Sebastian Bach, Appalachian Waltz by Mark O’Connor, and Summer in the High Grassland by Zhao Jiping. Ma’s performance is made possible in part by CBC National Bank’s Festival sponsorship. “We deeply appreciate CBC’s sponsorship, which helped make it possible to bring an artist of Yo-Yo Ma’s international stature to Amelia Island,” says Rex. “CBC’s relationship with our Festival extends back 15 years to our inaugural season when the bank became one of our first corporate sponsors. We are truly grateful for CBC’s ongoing support.” The January 14 concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1600 South 8th Street. The concert is currently sold out, but some seating is available through the AICMF’s hotel and lodging partners. Call the AICMF office for more information at (904) 261-1779.