Yo-Yo Ma, internationally renowned cellist, will join members of the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra for a free concert at the Warren Community Amphitheatre on Aug. 13.
According to a news release:
Mr. Ma, whose discography of over 100 albums includes 19 Grammy Award winners, creates programs that stretch the boundaries of genre and tradition to explore music-making as a means not only to share and express meaning, but also as a model for the cultural collaboration he considers essential to a strong society. This year, Mr. Ma begins a new journey, setting out to perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s six suites for solo cello in one sitting in 36 locations around the world, iconic venues that encompass our cultural heritage, our current creativity, and the challenges of peace and understanding that will shape our future. Each concert is an example of culture’s power to create moments of shared understanding, as well as an invitation to a larger conversation about culture, society, and the themes that connect us all.
Gates open at 5 p.m. Local performers will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the orchestras and Ma performing at 6 p.m. The concert will be followed by a panel discussion, “How Can the Arts — and All of Culture — Serve Our Community?” moderated by Deborah F. Rutter, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Panelists will include William Mullane, an educator who is on the board of directors for the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County, the Rev. Lewis Macklin II, pastor of Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, and Barb Ewing, CEO of the Youngstown Business Incubator.
All seating is general admission.
There will be food trucks and beer sales.
Warren Community Amphitheatre is at 321 Mahoning Ave. Get directions here. In the event of rain, the event will be moved to Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave.
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