Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Kathryn Stott, piano

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YO-YO MA, cello,
KATHRYN STOTT, piano

Sun, Apr 14, 4:00 p.m.
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

Extraordinary cellist and beloved music ambassador Yo-Yo Ma returns to the Kennedy Center for a lively Concert Hall recital with longtime musical partner, British pianist Kathryn Stott. For more than 30 years, the duo has “…developed a wonderfully warm and mutually responsive musical partnership that has blossomed in performances that are both generous and incisive” (NPR).

The evening’s repertoire includes Dvořák’s tender and reflective Songs My Mother Taught Me, Arvo Pärt’s exquisite and haunting Spiegel im Spiegel, Brazilian composer Sergio Assad’s Menino, Fauré’s fleeting “Papillon” (“Butterfly”), op. 77, Shostakovich’s eminently lyrical Cello Sonata in D Minor, op. 40, and more.

Ma and Stott share a notable interpretative equality, as heard on numerous albums, including their 2020 Songs of Comfort and Hope in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pair have traveled the globe together and as individual artists, performing in venues spanning the world’s finest concert halls and everywhere in between. They have been longtime friends of Washington Performing Arts and it is a pleasure to welcome them back for their first duo concert with us since 2010.

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Program Details

Gabriel Fauré – Berceuse, op. 16
Antonin Dvořák – Songs My Mother Taught Me
Sérgio Assad – Menino
Nadia Boulanger – “Cantique”
Gabriel Fauré – Papillon, op. 77
Dmitri Shostakovich – Cello Sonata in D Minor, op. 40
Arvo Pärt – Spiegel im Spiegel
César Franck – Violin Sonata in A Major

“Cellist Yo-Yo Ma doesn’t make his music something to marvel at. He makes it a gift.”

The Denver Post

Our Partners

This performance is made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors: Susan S. Angell, Lucia and Fred Hill, Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, Mike and Luanne Gutermuth, Gary and Silvia Yacoubian, and Maria Voultsides and Thomas C. Chisnell, II.

Washington Performing Arts’s classical music performances this season are made possible in part through the generous support of Betsy and Robert Feinberg

Her Excellency Dame Karen Pierce DCMG, His Majesty’s Ambassador to the U.S. British Embassy Washington, is the honorary patron of this engagement.

This is one of fourteen 2023-2024 season performances included in Washington Performing Arts’s The World in Our City initiative, which promotes cross-cultural understanding and cultural diplomacy via the presentation of international visiting artists, globally inspired local programming, and the award-winning Embassy Adoption Program, a partnership with D.C. Public Schools. Support for The World in Our City is provided by The Boeing Company.

Special thanks to the following lead supporters of Washington Performing Arts’s mission-driven work: Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated; D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities; the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts; and The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.

This performance is an external rental presented in coordination with the Kennedy Center Campus Rentals Office and is not produced by the Kennedy Center.

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