Just like every live concert across the country, Yo-Yo Ma‘s two-year international tour of the Bach Solo Cello Suites came to an abrupt halt due to the coronavirus pandemic. And like other artists awaiting concert venues to reopen, Ma is taking his music online.
The world-renowned musician will perform, without interruption, “A Musical Memorial and Tribute: Yo-Yo Ma plays Bach’s Solo Cello Suites Live” on May 24 to honor those who have died from COVID-19 and as a salute to the resilience of communities fighting the pandemic.
On Sunday, May 24 at 3pm ET, I’ll be performing #Bach’s complete cello suites live as a memorial for those we've lost in the pandemic and a tribute to the resilience of our communities. Join me on @995WCRB, radio stations nationwide or YouTube. https://t.co/0YfJuoZXSf pic.twitter.com/crnjqVV6vD— Yo-Yo Ma (@YoYo_Ma) May 19, 2020
Ma’s “The Bach Project,” his 36-stop, six-continent tour, started in August 2018 in Colorado with a packed show at the Red Rocks amphitheater. From there, he took the project across the globe, playing in Lebanon, China, Korea, Spain, Australia and South Africa. Ma said the project was part of a larger mission to explore and celebrate how culture can unite humanity.
While his world tour is on hold, Ma has been sharing his music on Twitter and Instagram. He has posted home videos of him playing the cello with #songsofcomfort — music to serenade viewers during a global health crisis.
The cellist performed all six of Bach’s solo cello suites at the Hollywood Bowl in 2017. He played the two-hour-and-40-minutes show for an audience of nearly 17,000.