Even if you don’t know the difference between Bach and Beethoven, chances are you probably know who Yo-Yo Ma is. From his appearances on Sesame Street to his interviews with Steven Colbert, Mr. Ma’s presence outside the concert hall has made him a household name. In the classical music world, he’s the equivalent of a rock star. He has composed over 70 albums, 15 of which have won Grammies. He has also performed at major events throughout the world, such as the one-year anniversary of 9/11 and President Obama’s first inauguration. His cello is also said to be worth around $2.5 million, so don’t expect him to smash it over his knee once he finishes one of Bach’s fugues.
This year, the Rhode Island Philharmonic will begin their 70th season of production with a special performance by Mr. Ma. The concert will be held June 1st and he will be performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto at Veterans Memorial Auditorium. Tickets go on sale March 21, and prices range from $35 to $1000. Although I don’t have $35 dollars lying around, let alone $1000, this is still a great opportunity to go see an incredible cellist perform. If you have the time (and are willing to sacrifice a couple weeks of beer money), you should definitely go check out the performance.
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