Cellist Yo-Yo Ma - a beloved Tanglewood fixture who has performed at the festival in all but one summer since 1983 - opens the 2012 Tanglewood pre-season with two performances featuring the Silk Road Ensemble in Ozawa Hall on Friday, June 22, at 8 p.m., and on Sunday, June 24, at 8 p.m.

With musicians from around the globe who specialize in presenting musical riches from along the ancient Silk Road trade routes, the Silk Road Ensemble performs a special program that reflects a diversity of styles and nationalities, combining Western and non-Western instruments from the old and new worlds in ways that transcend cultural boundaries.

Yo-Yo Ma (via Tanglewood)
Yo-Yo Ma (via Tanglewood)

Yo-Yo Ma first performed at Tanglewood on July 31, 1983, and has appeared at the festival nearly every season since, performing with the BSO more than 30 times. Ozawa Hall tickets have sold out, but lawn tickets remain available for these performances.


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