On Now

Listen to the Stream
  • Variations on "La ci darem la mano" 8:21 Frederic Chopin
    Warsaw Philharmonic
    Kazimierz Kord
    Garrick Ohlsson, piano
    Buy Now
  • Don Giovanni: La ci darem la mano 8:19 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Drottningholm Theatre Orchestra
    Arnold Ostman
    Barbara Bonney, soprano
    Hakan Hagegard, baritone
    Buy Now
Playlist
Other MPR Radio Streams
Choral Stream
MPR News
Radio Heartland

You can now listen to Classical and Choral Music on your iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad) or Android device.

Blog Archive

March 2014
S M T W T F S
            1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31          


Master Archive

Contact Us

Purchase the Music

  • Buy the music you've heard on-air! Your purchase helps support our classical service.
    ArkivMusic

Services

Classical Notes

Yo-Yo Ma's 'Playhouse'

Posted at 9:26 AM on March 26, 2014 by Brett Baldwin
Filed under: Fun finds, In the media, Musician stories

I've always imagined Yo-Yo Ma to be a fun-loving guy. From his photo op with a wombat to his inspired modern dance collaborations, Ma seems to be a guy willing to go the extra mile in the name of art, or simply having a good time.

NPR Music's latest Field Recordings video does both: art + a good time.

From Anastasia Tsioulcas, writer and piece producer:

When you're lucky enough to have cellist Yo-Yo Ma and members of the Silk Road Ensemble, some of the world's premiere instrumentalists and composers, gather for an afternoon of offstage music making, you've got to think long and hard about where to put them. And we decided that the perfect match would be ACME Studio, a theatrical props warehouse in Brooklyn.

And if that weren't enough, there are some fun animated GIFs from the session too.

If you had the afternoon to spend with Yo-Yo Ma, what would you do?