Valley Performing Arts Center is pleased to announce that its spring fundraising event will be a gala performance with the incomparable cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Taking place on May 6, the performance will begin at 6:30 p.m. Concert tickets that include a pre-show reception will be available starting today at http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/yo-yo-ma-gala/view/2015-05-06.
The repertoire for the event will include three popular J.S. Bach suites – No. 1 in G Major, No. 2 in D minor, and No. 6 in D Major as well as pieces by modern classical composers Saygun and Mark O’Connor.
The multifaceted career of cellist Yo-Yo Ma is a testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Mr. Ma maintains a balance between his engagements as soloist with orchestras worldwide and his recital and chamber music activities. His discography includes over 90 albums, including more than 17 Grammy award-winners.
Mr. Ma serves as the Artistic Director of the Silk Road Project and as the Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Institute for Learning, Access and Training.
Mr. Ma has received numerous awards, including the Avery Fisher Prize (1978), the National Medal of Arts (2001), the Sonning Prize (2006), the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award (2008), the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2010), the Polar Music Prize (2012), and the Vilcek Prize in Contemporary Music (2013). In 2011, Mr. Ma was recognized as a Kennedy Center Honoree. Mr. Ma serves as a U.N. Messenger of Peace and as a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts & the Humanities.
Valley Performing Arts Center’s Yo-Yo Ma Fundraising Gala is sponsored by Neiman Marcus, Ventura Blvd Magazine, City National Bank and Agora Realty & Management.
Individual tickets are $150 for the performance and a pre-show reception and will be available at http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/giving/2015-yo-yo-ma-gala-fundraiser/ starting February 3.