World-Renowned Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Coming to Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival

He performed at President Obama’s Inauguration, he’s one of the best selling recording artists in the classical field, and he’s been entertaining audiences around the globe for 30 years with his awe-inspiring cello playing. His name is Yo-Yo Ma and he’s making his way to Vail Colorado.

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma will perform a recital with pianist Kathryn Stott during the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival’s opening night of its 23rd season. This will mark Ma’s debut performance in Vail.

This recital takes place June 25, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. The program starts with Ennio Morricone’s “Gabriel’s Oboe” from the film The Mission, followed by George Gershwin’s Prelude No. 2 and Cesar Mariano’s “Cristal” and Brahms’ Sonata No. 1 in E Minor for Cello and Piano. Following a short intermission the duo will play British composer Graham Fitkin’s “L,” written for Yo-Yo on the occasion of his 50th birthday, and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Sonata in G minor for Cello and Piano.

Bravo’s artistic director Eugenia Zukerman says the Festival is honored that Yo-Yo Ma and his longtime piano collaborator Kathryn Stott will perform a recital together. Their program includes some of the most thrilling music ever written for cello and piano.

“I’ve known Yo-Yo for more than 30 years, and with all his accolades and fame, he has remained the approachable and modest person he was in his late teens. To hear him play in person is to be transported--don’t miss the journey.

“With its fine acoustics and natural environment, the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater is a unique setting in which to experience a live performance by one of the most famous and beloved classical instrumentalists in the world” - Eugenia Zukerman

Tickets go on sale April 5th and range from $40 to $150 depending on seating preference. To purchase tickets contact the Bravo ticketing department at 970.827.5700 or order online at www.vailmusicfestival.org.

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