John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 14 April 2024 - Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott |

Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C., USA
Sunday 14 April 2024

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Important Info
Type: Classical Concert
City: Washington, D.C., USA
Starts at: 16:00
César Franck: Cello Sonata in A major, FWV 8
Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Sonata in D minor, Op.40
Gabriel Fauré: Berceuse, Op.16
Antonín Dvořák: Gypsy Songs: Songs My Mother Taught Me (Když mne stará matka zpívat), Op.55 no.4
Gabriel Fauré: Papillon, Op. 77
Sérgio Assad: Menino
Nadia Boulanger: Cantique
Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel

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.

Venue Info

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Washington, D.C.
Location   2700 F Street

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (formally called the John F. Kennedy Memorial Center for the Performing Arts, and commonly referred to as the Kennedy Center) is the United States National Cultural Center, located on the Potomac River, adjacent to the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C., named in 1964 as a memorial to President John F. Kennedy. Opened on September 8, 1971, the performing arts center is a multi-dimensional facility: it produces a wide array of performances encompassing the genres of theater, dance, ballet, and orchestral, chamber, jazz, popular, and folk music; offers multi-media performances for adults and children; and is a nexus of performing arts education.

In addition to the approximately 3,500 performances held annually for audiences totaling nearly two million, the center hosts touring productions and television and radio broadcasts that, collectively, are seen by 20 million more. Now in its 45th season, the center presents music, dance and theater and supports artists in the creation of new work. With its artistic affiliate, the National Symphony Orchestra, the center's achievements as a commissioner, producer, and nurturer of developing artists have resulted in over 200 theatrical productions, dozens of new ballets, operas, and musical works.

Authorized by the 1958 National Cultural Center Act of Congress, which requires that its programming be sustained through private funds, the center represents a public–private partnership. Its activities include educational and outreach initiatives, almost entirely funded through ticket sales and gifts from individuals, corporations, and private foundations.

The building, designed by architect Edward Durell Stone, was constructed by Philadelphia contractor John McShain, and is administered as a bureau of the Smithsonian Institution. An earlier design proposal called for a more curvy, spaceship-inspired building similar to how the Watergate complex appears today.

It receives annual federal funding to pay for its maintenance and operation.

Important Info
Type: Classical Concert
City: Washington, D.C., USA
Starts at: 16:00
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