The Virginia Arts Festival has announced that cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott will perform a concert celebrating the Virginia Arts Festival’s 15th year. The pair will perform Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Norfolk’s Chrysler Hall.
Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott share a longtime musical relationship, with this chemistry immediate in their colorful and rich conversations. The New York Times notes that Stott is “such an excellent soulmate for Ma” and the Berkshire Eagle adds Stott is “a match for Ma in technique and spirit.” Notably, their first attempt at a collaborative CD effort, Soul of the Tango, was a huge success and won the 1999 Grammy for “Best Classical Crossover.” The pair has found continued success with two additional critically acclaimed albums, Obrigado Brazil and Paris: La Belle Époque.
A festival favorite, the world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma operates seamlessly between the worlds of popular and classical music. This effortless grace between genres is apparent in his most recent 2008 album, Songs of Joy and Peace. Yo-Yo Ma remains as one of the best-selling artists in classical music.
One of Britain’s most notable classical pianists, Kathryn Stott performs mostly as a concerto soloist, but has found fruitful collaboration with names such as Yo-Yo Ma, Christian Poltéra, and Truls Mørk. Stott is “one of the most versatile pianists on the circuit” (The New York Times) and this talent is duly noted in her 2009 exclusive contract with the Chandos label.
With this concert, the Virginia Arts Festival will be launching a year- long celebration with world-class performances and events across the region and a new home for the organization.
“We are looking forward to having a space of our own,” said Rob Cross, Festival Director. “In addition to the offices, we have a wonderful new theater for intimate concerts and rehearsal space for our visiting artists. For the first time, we will also have a central box office. It’s all very exciting and we would like to thank the community for their support throughout the Festival’s history.”
Tickets for this premiere event go on sale Sunday, Aug. 1; prices start at $65. To order, call 1-800-982-2787 or visit Ticketmaster.com.
Patrons also have the unique opportunity to attend a pre-reception and/or post reception. The post reception has limited availability and offers patrons the exclusive chance to meet these world-renowned performers. For tickets including receptions call 757-282-2822.