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Classical music star Yo-Yo Ma is bringing his Bach Project to San Antonio.

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San Antonio only Texas city for classical music star Yo-Yo Ma’s Bach Project

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When Arts San Antonio presented Yo-Yo Ma with the Silkroad Ensemble in 2011, they heard from a lot of concert-goers who had wanted to hear more from the celebrated cellist on his own.

That wish will be granted in April.

Arts San Antonio is presenting Ma in a solo concert of six Bach suites at 8 p.m. April 12 at Trinity University’s Laurie Auditorium.

“We wanted it to be a full meal for folks,” said John Toohey, president and executive director of Arts San Antonio.

Tickets, which range from $49 to $175, are available now to season subscribers; they go on sale to the general public on Wednesday through Ticketmaster and at artssa.org.

The performance is part of The Bach Project, a series of concerts paired with community presentations that Ma launched in August. Over the next two years, he will give 36 performances of the Bach pieces around the world.

San Antonio is the only Texas city scheduled. The concert will be simulcast in the quadrangle of Texas A&M International University in Laredo.

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Each of the performances in The Bach Project are paired with a “day of action” devoted to cultural engagement and exploring the impact of the arts on communities.

For Ma’s San Antonio visit, the day of action will take place in Laredo. Arts San Antonio representatives will drive him to the border city on April 13 and spend the day with him there. Beyond that, details are still being worked out.

“It’s different from city to city,” said Toohey. “It’s not a fixed thing.”

In Denver, there were a series of performances and discussions exploring how culture could help protect the city’s most vulnerable residents. In Leipzig, Germany, Ma took part in a roundtable discussion of the role of culture in diverse societies and in a free public performance. In Oakland, he took part in a block party, led a master class for area schools and ensembles and took part in a public conversation about arts in schools.

For more information, visit https://www.artssa.org/ or call 210-226-2891.

dlmartin@express-news.net | Twitter: @DeborahMartinEN

 

Deborah Martin is an arts writer in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read her on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | dlmartin@express-news.net | Twitter: @DeborahMartinEN