Here's your chance to play with Yo-Yo Ma – New York News

Yo-Yo Ma, perhaps the most famous living classical musician, is giving cellists of the Capital Region the chance to join him on the SPAC stage this summer.


Yo-Yo Ma is best known for his cello performances, although he also plays the violin, viola, upright bass and more. Throughout the course of his career, he’s won 18 Grammy Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award and countless others. His albums “Vivaldi’s Cello” and “Yo-Yo Ma and Friends: Songs of Joy and Peace” are still some of the most popular classical albums today.

Now, he’s sharing the stage with 90 local musicians. 

The event — called a PlayIN — is organized and sponsored by the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.  The PlayIN events began in Philadelphia in 2012 as a way to involve amateur musicians within the orchestra. 

This will be the first time that SPAC has hosted such an event. 

“SPAC’s stage has hosted countless history-making performances over its five decades. On Aug. 9, we will make a remarkable addition to that list as local musicians of all ages and abilities come together for an extraordinary musical collaboration with musical icon Yo-Yo Ma and professional cellists from The Philadelphia Orchestra,” said Elizabeth Sobol, president and CEO of SPAC. “A once-in-a-lifetime experience for participants, this shared music-making event will excite and inspire while conveying the powerful message that music is for everyone.”

Registration is open to cellists of all abilities and ages. Participating musicians will perform works by Breval, J.S. Bach, Schubert, Paganini, Vivaldi, Suzuki and…

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