SSO Gala: Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble

SSO Gala: Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble

Fri & Sat, 11 & 12 Nov 2016, 7.30pm
Esplanade Concert Hall

OVERVIEW

Prepare to be astounded as the SSO brings you two gala programmes featuring superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble! On November 11, Yo-Yo Ma brings tenderness and exuberance to Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor, and Lan Shui will also conduct Kayhan Kalhor’s Silent City with members of the Silk Road Ensemble.

On November 12, Silk Road Ensemble performs with their artistic director Yo-Yo Ma, who partners Wu Tong for Zhao Lin’s Duo, a double concerto for cello and sheng, a traditional Chinese woodwind instrument comprised of 17 bamboo pipes, and the first half includes Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky’s Sacred Signs Suite, which draws parallels between Russian instrumental traditions and seemingly diverse instruments such as sheng, pipa and kamancheh.

"Roving musical laboratory without walls" – Boston Globe on The Silk Road Ensemble

"Yo-Yo Ma is the cello’s superstar" – The Telegraph

 

Pre-concert Talk: 6.30pm at library@esplanade

 

Priority sales: 12 Jul 16 | Public sales: 15 Jul 16
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FEATURING

Lan Shui, conductor

Yo-Yo Ma, cello

The Silk Road Ensemble

PROGRAMME

11 NOV 2016

 

SOLLIMA

Violoncello, Vibrez!

Ng Pei-Sian & Yo-Yo Ma, cello

KALHOR

The Silent City*

TAKEMITSU

November Steps

Kojiro Umezaki, shakuhachi

Wu Man, pipa

UMEZAKI

(Cycles) America 

ELGAR

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85 

 

*The creation of this piece was made possible by a grant from the Fromm Music Foundation.

 

 

12 NOV 2016

 

 

WU TONG

SUTER

Fanfare for suona and percussion

Weavings

WU MAN & WU TONG

Duo

KALHOR

Gallop of a Thousand Horses* 

YANOV-YANOVSKY

Sacred Signs (Selections)**

II. Rejoice

IV. Into the Crowd

V. Light

VII. Time

IX. In the Dance 

ZHAO LIN

Duo

Yo-Yo Ma, cello

Wu Tong, sheng

PERSIAN

TRADITIONAL

(arr. AGHAEI & JACOBSEN)

Ascending Bird

 

*Commissioned for the Kronos Quartet by Hancher Auditorium/University of Iowa

**Commissioned by Carolina Performing Arts at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

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