The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma


The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s College of Fine Arts & Communication with the support of the Sentry Insurance Invitation to the Arts series, will welcome legendary musician Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble to Stevens Point October 15 – 18 to cap off Sentry’s “Century in Stevens Point” celebration.

Mr. Ma is the leading cellist of our time and a best-selling classical recording artist. He has received numerous awards, including 15 Grammy Awards, Avery Fisher Prize (1978), the Glenn Gould Prize (1999), the National Medal of the Arts (2001), the Dan David Prize (2006), the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award (2008), the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2010) and the Polar Music Prize (2012).
Yo-Yo Ma was born in 1955 to Chinese parents living in Paris. He began to study the cello with his father at age four and soon came with his family to New York, where he spent most of his formative years. Later, his principal teacher was Leonard Rose at The Juilliard School.

Mr. Ma is founder and artistic director of the Silk Road Ensemble, a collective of internationally renowned performers and composers from more than 20 countries who collaborate on a diverse range of musical and multimedia projects.

Mr. Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble are widely recognized for their strong commitment to educational programs that bring the world into the classroom and the classroom into the world. As part of the educational outreach aspect of the Sentry Insurance Invitation to the Arts series, the musicians from the Silk Road Ensemble will work with area elementary and high school students as well as students from UW-Stevens Point and the Aber Suzuki Center during their four-day residency. 
The Sentry Insurance Invitation to the Arts is sponsored by the Sentry Insurance Foundation in conjunction with the College of Fine Arts and Communication at the UW-Stevens Point. Now in its ninth year, the program provides local students – from grade school through college – opportunities to interact with outstanding professionals in the fine arts.
Click here to see the Silk Road Ensemble in concert.
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