October 26, 1988 |
When cellist Yo-Yo Ma was 25, he had an operation for scoliosis, a congenital curvature of the spine undoubtedly aggravated by playing the cello. Now, just turned 33, he looks back at the 10-day hospital stay from a somewhat surprising perspective. "In one way, it was a most wonderful thing to go through, because you think about what's important--you may come out being able to play the cello but if not, you realize you can still go on and lead a productive life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1995
Yo-Yo Ma will not perform at four sold-out concerts beginning tonight at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The cellist has pneumonia and pleurisy, according to a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Instead of Ma, 25-year-old Chinese pianist Xiang-Dong Kong will serve as soloist in an altered program, including Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto. Kong, who lives in Orange County, had been scheduled to make his Philharmonic debut Aug. 3 at the Hollywood Bowl.
October 11, 1995 |
Yo-Yo Ma got the second standing ovation on Monday night at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. The first was reserved for arts patron Arlene Cheng, whose husband, George, arranged for the superstar cellist to appear at a surprise private recital for her birthday. George Cheng not only arranged for Ma to play for his wife, he also commissioned a musical tribute in her honor, gave an endowment of $100,000 to a music competition she helped found and kept mum about her age.
November 19, 2007 |
Yo-Yo Ma has traveled the Silk Road. Repeatedly. He's journeyed further in person and in music, reached wider, than any other solo cellist, current or past. On stage, his comfort level appears the same whether he's cavorting with Big Bird, being accompanied by Condoleezza Rice or gamely joining in an ensemble of kamancheh, shakuhachi, tabla, dumbek, riq and other world instruments in a dusty, far-flung Asian corner.
May 24, 2012 |
"The View" 10 a.m. Thursday, ABC: performance from “Jesus Christ Superstar.” “Open Call” 9 p.m. Thursday, KCET: Fine Cut Festival of Student Films: Hosted by mezzo-soprano opera singer Suzanna Guzman, “Goat Rodeo Live: Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile” 10 p.m. Friday, KOCE: The four string virtuosos combine bluegrass and classical music at a concert at Boston's House of Blues. “Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions” 5:30 p.m. Saturday, KLCS: The Great Rivers of Europe: Cologne to Zell: A museum dedicated to mechanical musical instruments; Lorelei Rock; the city of Zell.
February 27, 2014 |
Brahms and Tchaikovsky made an effort to be civil to each other when the German and Russian composers met, and that was impressive. In an infamous review, Edward Hanslick, the most powerful critic in 19th century Vienna and Brahms' mouthpiece, credited Tchaikovsky as the first composer to write music "that stinks in the ear. " Tchaikovsky called Brahms a "self-inflated mediocrity. " This week there is a Tchaikovsky lockdown in Walt Disney Concert Hall, thanks to daily programs in the Los Angeles Philharmonic's magnificent TchaikovskyFest.