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Yo-Yo Ma

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma joins us on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm for a solo performance, and tells us about his latest project with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Martha Gilmer, head of Artistic Planning for the CSO, also joins us. View a behind-the-scenes slideshow of Yo-Yo Ma's visit to our studio.

On Saturday, May 18 at 10:00 am, the CSO will host a special RIVERS symposium, part of a month-long slate of concerts and events celebrating rivers and the special role that they play in sustaining civilization. Yo-Yo Ma will be a panelist and performer during Saturday's program, which includes several discussions interspersed with performances that trace the physical, economic, and cultural impacts that rivers have on us all.

General admission tickets to Saturday's event are $5 and can be obtained at the CSO box office or purchased online here.

Click here to learn more about Saturday's program.

Yo-Yo Ma talks about his cello’s nickname and we learn more about the RIVERS festival in the following web extra video:


Watch a clip from a 1999 performance at Ravinia festival by Yo-Yo Ma, featuring conductor Christoph Eschenbach and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra: