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Release: Jan. 7, 2000
Yo-Yo Ma returns to Hancher for Jan. 26 'New Goldberg
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma will
make his sixth visit to the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium for a concert
of "The New Goldberg Variations," accompanied by pianist Kathryn Stott, at
8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26.
Sandwiched between performances of the Aria from Bach's
Goldberg Variations, Ma and Stott will play a series of new variations on
the aria -- "The New Goldberg Variations" -- written for Ma by contemporary
composers Kenneth Frazelle, Christopher Rouse, Peter Lieberson, John Corigliano,
Peter Schickele (aka P.D.Q. Bach) and Richard Danielpour.
Also included in the concert will be the Sonata in
G minor, opus 19, by Rachmaninoff, and the Suite Italienne by Stravinsky.
Massachusetts music-lover Judy Goldberg commissioned
the new variations in memory of her husband. Bach's Goldberg Variations were
played at their wedding, and the Goldberg Variations II Project began as an
idea to celebrate the couple's 25th anniversary. But when her husband died
before the realization of the project, it was continued as a memorial to him.
As part of their Iowa visit, Ma and Stott will also
discuss and demonstrate the interpretation, rehearsal and performance of music
from their repertoire for elementary through high-school students in a statewide
interactive broadcast on the Iowa Communications Network. The event will launch
the partnership between the Hancher/ICN educational activities and the Iowa
Ma is the world's best known cellist -- one in the
handful of major classical artists whose name and face are instantly recognizable
even to those with little knowledge or experience of classical music.
One of the most celebrated and beloved virtuosos in
classical music, Ma also is a musical adventurer who has brought his warmth
to settings from Sesame Street to collaborations with Bobby McFerrin,
diverse chamber artists, bluegrass musicians, tango specialists and experimental
Ma's discography of more than 45 albums includes 10
Grammy Award winners. In November 1997 he was named Artist of the Year in
the Gramophone Awards.
Iowa State Bank and Trust Company is the corporate
sponsor of the Yo-Yo Ma concert, through the University of Iowa Foundation,
with media support from the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
Learn more about Yo-Yo Ma at <http://www.sonyclassical.com/artists/ma/>
on the World Wide Web. For information on UI arts, visit <http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr>.
Tickets for Yo-Yo Ma are $48, $45.50 and $43. UI students
and senior citizens qualify for a 20-percent discount, with Zone 3 tickets
available to UI students for $10. Tickets for children 17 and younger are
half price. Hancher volume-purchase discounts are still available.
Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays,
and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160.
Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may
be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge
their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select
the option of payroll deduction.
People with special needs for access, seating and
auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered
by box office personnel prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking,
wheelchair access and seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The
line is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that