Peerless cellist and internationally beloved music ambassador Yo-Yo Ma and fellow musical explorer, the acclaimed pianist Kathryn Stott join forces for a diverse concert recorded in mid-November at Taiwan’s National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) Concert Hall. Their Songs of Comfort and Hope program combines a wide range of selections from the piano/cello repertoire with traditional and fresh new takes on favorites.
Their Songs of Comfort and Hope program—inspired by the phenomenally popular series of recorded-at-home musical offerings that Ma began sharing in the first days of the COVID-19 lockdown—combines a wide range of selections from the piano/cello repertoire with traditional and fresh new takes on favorites like “Shenandoah,” “Londonderry Air,” and the “Last Rose of Summer,” arranged by A-list composers including Benjamin Britten and Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw. Ma and Stott also lend the profound connection of their 35-year musical relationship to Robert Schumann’s vibrant Five Pieces in Folk Style (Op. 102) and an arrangement of Manuel de Falla’s winning Seven Spanish Songs.
“Over… many years, they’ve developed a wonderfully warm and mutually responsive musical partnership that has blossomed in performances that are both generous and incisive” (NPR).
This presentation is being brought to us by our UC colleagues at CalPerformances.
Through a special arrangement with Opus 3 Artists, we are able to make this available to UC Davis students for free—our way of saying thank you to our great students who have been pursuing their education with passion despite the difficulties of the moment.