Yo-Yo Ma to perform during Memphis Symphony's 2012-13 season

Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra is bringing in famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma to celebrate its 60th anniversary season.

Ma will perform at a special concert in October in conjunction with an artistic engagement forum designed to encourage partnerships between the orchestra and community groups and to initiate a professional development plan for MSO musicians. The forum is being paid for by a grant from the Assisi Foundation.

"This forum, to be held at the Cannon Center during the day, is timed with the concert because Yo-Yo Ma himself is a model for citizen musicians in our community" said MSO president and CEO Ryan Fleur. "He constantly encourages orchestra players to step outside their traditional boundaries to help build relevance for this art form."

Ma has performed to high acclaim twice with the IRIS Orchestra, in its inaugural concert in 2000 at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre and again in October 2010 at the Cannon Performing Arts Center. He also performed with the Memphis Symphony in 1998 at a gala celebrating GPAC's fifth anniversary.

Music director Mei-Ann Chen, in announcing the new season, said the MSO's theme in the coming year would be Memphis stories, partly to highlight Memphis talent and partly to stress the organization's increasing focus on community involvement. "This year marks our 60th anniversary," she said in a statement, "and we will celebrate the resilience and the ongoing rejuvenation of Memphis through its music, heritage and people -- all of which make this such a great city."

Other notable programs for the 2012-2013 season include another "Beyond The Score" multimedia event, this time featuring Holst's "The Planets"; a world premiere of a commissioned work by Michael Gandolfi inspired by Memphis themes; and a collaboration with Ballet Memphis and the U-Dig Dance Academy.

Memphis music will be key in the season's pops concerts, with an October performance titled "STAX! The Memphis Sound" with the Soulsville Charter School and Stax Academy, a January event recreating Elvis Presley's "Aloha From Hawaii" broadcast 40 years ago, and in February, "A Memphis Gospel Celebration."

The upcoming season will again have three Paul & Linnea Bert Classic Accents concerts at Lindenwood Christian Church. Those chamber concerts had been presented at Wiener Auditorium at the Hutchison School this season.

Memphis Symphony Orchestra 2012-13 Season

First Tennessee Masterworks Series

Rachmaninoff & Mahler: Sept. 22-23, 2012

Shostakovich 5: Nov. 17-18, 2012

Innovation: Beethoven, Bernstein & Ballet: Jan. 12-13, 2013

Beyond The Score — Holst The Planets: Feb. 23-24, 2013

Tchaikovsky 5: March 16-17, 2013

From Gandolfi To Memphis: April 13-14, 2013

Porgy & Bess: May 18-19, 2013

Special Concerts

Guest Artist Yo-Yo Ma — Oct. 22, 2012

LeMoyne Owen College free concert Sept. 9, 2012

Symphony in the Gardens: Sept. 30, 2012 and May 7, 2013

Memphis Messiah: Dec. 14, 2012

MSO Pops Series

STAX! The Memphis Sound: Oct. 13, 2012

Home For The Holidays: Dec. 8, 2012

Aloha Elvis: Jan. 5, 2013

A Memphis Gospel Celebration: Feb. 16, 2013

Feelin’ Groovy — The Music of Simon & Garfunkel: March 9, 2013

Paul & Linnea Bert Classic Accents Series

Beethoven 8: Sept. 14, 2012

Bach and Mozart: Jan. 18, 2013

If Bach Were a Beekeeper: March 22, 2013

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