12:17pm

Thu March 28, 2013
Arts Weekly

Yo-Yo Ma and Silk Road Ensemble Perform Twice in Central Kentucky

Yo-Yo Ma performed for two American presidents before the age of ten and is perhaps one of the best-known living classical musicians. 

Yo-Yo Ma and Colin Jacobsen during the 2011 North American tour
Credit Max Whittaker - silkroadproject.org

  In addition to a stellar performing career, including multiple Grammy Awards, he's also received the National Medal of Arts and the 2011 Presidential Medal of Freedom. The cellist appears twice this week in central Kentucky, with The Silk Road Ensemble, a group that performs a wide range of ethnic music from Central-Asia and beyond. In addition to his touring with this group, he's still in demand as an orchestral soloist and chamber musician, as well as leading The Goat Rodeo and Appalachian Waltz Musicians in traditional American folk music. 

Arts Weekly's Roger Duvall spoke with Yo-Yo Ma about how he approaches this extraordinarily wide range of music.