Yo-Yo Ma does the impossible at the Hollywood Bowl

Yo-Yo Ma
Los Angeles Times

Dance was sometimes visceral and sometimes not. Ma’s playing could be very graceful, with a beautiful tone, but also gruff. The slow sarabande movements are the emotional heart of each of suite, and Ma made them sing like the most penetrating arias in Bach’s cantatas and passions, sorrow so excruciating that it becomes oddly liberating.

He handled the preludes freely, almost like singing the blues, except with the prelude of the Fourth Suite, where he started stomping the blues. In brief remarks to the audience, Ma noted what nature has been doing to us lately, and us to nature, dedicating the profound Fifth Suite to all the people newly in need. It was too dark to see if, in his absorbed, interior performance, people were tearing up, but you could hear that they were.

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WASO announces extended contract for Principal Conductor Asher Fisch until 2023

Asher Fisch
West Australian Symphony Orchestra

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra are proud to announce the continuation of their outstanding musical partnership with Principal Conductor Asher Fisch, whose contract has now been extended by a further four years until 2023. This extension will take Maestro Fisch's tenure as Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of WASO, which began in 2014, to 10 years. In 2015 Asher extended his initial three-year contract through to the end of the 2019 season, and today's announcement represents a further significant extension.  

In announcing the contract extension, WASO Chairman Janet Holmes à Court said, "Asher's leadership has utterly transformed our Orchestra, eliciting remarkable and thrilling performances that have received critical acclaim both nationally and internationally." 

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