Cellist Yo-Yo Ma live-streaming 'memorial' solo performance Sunday from Boston

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BOSTON — Cellist Yo-Yo Ma will perform J.S. Bach's six cello suites 3 p.m. Sunday live from the studios of public media producer WGBH.

The performance is described in a news release as "a memorial for those we have lost in the pandemic and a tribute to the resilience of our communities."

Presented by WCRB Classical Radio Boston, the two-and-a-half-hour performance will air live and uninterrupted on WGBH-TV, Channel 2, in Boston; and on public radio stations nationwide, including Amherst-based New England Public Radio (WFCR-FM, 88.5), which can be heard in Berkshire County at 101.1 FM in North Adams; 98.7, Great Barrington; 98.3, Lee; 106.1, Pittsfield-Lenox; and 96.3, Williamstown. The broadcast is being made available to NPR stations through PRX

The performance also will stream live worldwide on Yo-Yo Ma's YouTube channel and at ClassicalWCRB.org.

Ma will perform the six suites in isolation from WGBH's Fraser Studio, with each element of the production managed remotely by a single person and using robotic cameras.

Ma's offering of music comes in the midst of the now-rescheduled final leg of his Bach Project, a tour of the complete cello suites to 36 communities on six continents.

"Yo-Yo Ma has a generosity of spirit, a solemnity that the moment deserves, and a warmth that reminds us of togetherness even as we feel alone," Jon Abbott, president and CEO of WGBH. said in a news release. "We are honored to host and produce this memorial event ... and share it with the world ... ."

"It is supremely fitting to have a great musician who has devoted his life to the international community bring the world closer together through the international language that is music, and more specifically Bach," said Anthony Rudel, general manager at WCRB.

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