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Yo-Yo Ma

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Concerts

Yo-Yo Ma offered a graciously warm performance of Tchaikovsky's Andante Cantabile for cello and strings with student musicians.

August 13, 2012 Hear an all-star performance with the Boston Symphony, the Boston Pops, Yo-Yo Ma and James Taylor.

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September 22, 2006 Yo-Yo Ma describes a performance mishap, while Dame Joan Sutherland reacts to a concert disruption.

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October 12, 2005 Cellist Yo-Yo Ma plays the "Kol Nidre," a Hebrew melody performed for Yom Kippur.

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September 2, 2005 Superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma leads a cast of 22 international virtuosos in a blend of world music.

Studio Sessions

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January 26, 2005 Led by renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Silk Road Ensemble performs music from ancient China.

Interviews & Profiles

Yo-Yo Ma's latest Americana exploration features his work with mandolinist Chris Thile, bassist Edgar Meyer and fiddler Stuart Duncan.

November 21, 2011 The cellist's latest Americana exploration features Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer and Stuart Duncan.

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January 16, 2009 Hear pieces from a composer and arranger of music for hand bells, and a heavy-metal guitarist.

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December 24, 2008 The world-famous cellist is asking fans and fellow musicians to play music with him.

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March 10, 2008 Cellist Yo-Yo Ma believes in embracing many cultures and finding something to love in each of them.

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January 12, 2008 The warm-up rituals of musicians like Yo-Yo Ma and Gillian Welch are as distinct as their own music.

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April 27, 2007 Cellist Yo Yo Ma looks at the life of master cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, who died Friday.

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January 5, 2007 This 20th-anniversary program highlights great performances and moments of poignancy and levity.

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August 11, 2005 Yo-Yo Ma talks about the tradition, and innovations, of the music played by the Silk Road Ensemble.

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June 3, 2005 In a new CD, the Silk Road Ensemble continues exploring the music of the ancient trade route.

Discover Songs

Lil Wayne Sq

November 13, 2009 The decade's 50 most important recordings continues, from Norah Jones to Jason Moran.

November 10, 2004 Mick Jagger's soundtrack to Alfie; Ennio Morricone performed by Yo-Yo Ma; New music from Malian ...

News

Conductor James Levine rehearses the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2007.

September 9, 2011 A new era at the Met, a death in Italy and Chinese lessons in Beijing.

Your weekly classical music news fix.

May 13, 2011 Early recordings streaming for free, Springing for Music and the latest from Philadelphia.

April 23, 2011 From bankrupt orchestras to the Pulitzer Prize, it all happened this week in classical music.

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January 23, 2009 It was feared the frigid temperatures would crack instruments and break strings.

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January 23, 2009 The musical preface to the president's swearing in was a fake: classical-music lip-syncing.

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May 13, 2008 The Detroit Symphony will be led by Honda's ASIMO robot Tuesday.

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January 14, 2007 Cellist Yo-Yo Ma's latest CD is the romantically themed Appassionato.

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Members of the Silk Road Ensemble, founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, perform together at the ACME Studio in Brooklyn, New York in October 2013.

March 26, 2014 Watch the world-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his close friends from all over the world in action.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

July 12, 2013 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon from, Deceptive Cadence.

Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Cristina Pato perform during Ma's Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy at Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center.

April 9, 2013 In a recent lecture on the arts, the eclectic cellist made a plea for the power of diversity.

Yo-Yo Ma performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices on Oct. 31, 2011.

November 17, 2011 The genre-bending cellist heads a dream team of string players who borrow from bluegrass.

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Tanglewood patrons enjoy music on a balmy evening.

June 16, 2011 A midsummer night's dream of good music happening at festivals from coast to coast.

Cellist Pablo Casals, violinist Fritz Kreisler, pianist Harold Bauer and conductor Walter  Damrosch in 1904.

May 5, 2011 From Tchaikovsky to Terry Riley: 120 years of artists at the world's most famous venue.

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December 9, 2008 A look at 10 classical performers who are reviving the art of improv in both new and old music.

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November 4, 2007 What if Yo-Yo Ma could only have five recordings on his iPod? Hear the celebrated cellist's choices.

NPR Artist Directory

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Gillian Welch

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Spoon

Spoon

Music, live concerts and interviews with the pop-rock band.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela

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Bon Iver

Bon Iver

Hear concerts and interviews with the atmospheric art-folk singer.

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Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus

Hear performances and profiles of the jazz innovator's work.

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Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

NPR Music explores the life and voice of the passionate Qawwali singer.

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Wye Oak

Exclusive performances from the pop duo from Baltimore.

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M.I.A.

Music and news from the Sri Lanka-born hip-hop artist and producer.

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Yo-Yo Ma & Friends: Songs of Joy & Peace [Deluxe Edition] [CD+DVD]

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Yo-Yo Ma Plays the Music of John Williams

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Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon

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