Cellist Yo-Yo Ma to perform at Cowan Center Sept. 17

Published on Monday, 24 April 2017 17:50 - Written by DANNY MOGLE, danny@inmagtexas.com

Legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma will perform in the Cowan Center in a joint presentation of the center and East Texas Symphony Orchestra.

The concert is set for Sept. 17, representatives of the organizations announced during a news conference on Monday.

For decades Ma, one of the world’s premier cellists, has enjoyed a prolific career. He has performed at virtually all the world’s great concert halls and his albums have earned 18 Grammy Awards.

A child prodigy, Ma was raised in New York City as the son of Chinese parents. He is praised for having a rich tone and repertoire that encompasses many styles and musical interests.

Ma currently is on a nationwide tour with mandolinist Chris Thile and bassist Edgar Meyer promoting their new album “Bach Trios.”

The Cowan Center at The University of Texas at Tyler and Tyler-based East Texas Symphony Orchestra have worked for about 15 years to bring Ma to Tyler, Cowan Center Executive Director Susan Thomae-Morphew said in making the announcement.

She said all involved were very excited about this “long-awaited moment.”

Mrs. Thomae-Morphew called Ma “the cellist of our generation.”

Vanessa Gardner, the executive director of the orchestra,” said it was a long-held dream of both organizations to bring the musician to Tyler.

Several years ago, both organizations combined efforts to bring violinist Itzhak Perlman to Tyler.

Richard Lee, musical director and conductor of the orchestra, praised Ma as being “phenomenal” and the “consummate musician.”

“He is the pinnacle,” Lee said. “He has it all.”

The concert will feature Ma performing Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B. Minor.

East Texas Symphony Orchestra season subscribers and Cowan Center Braithwaite Intimate Gatherings Series subscribers can buy tickets beginning July 17.

The public can buy tickets beginning Aug. 21.

The performance is being presented as a Frances Cowan Gibson Classical Music Event and Braithwaite Performing Arts program. It is being sponsored in part by Women’s Symphony League of Tyler, KETK TV, Sunny 106.5 radio and Lamar Advertising.