|Yo Yo Ma - saturday 2003-02-22 0959||last modified 2006-01-29 1653|
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Thanks to Julia, I had a chance to see Yo Yo Ma in concert this past Friday under the direction of Tan Dun, the composer who wrote the soundtrack for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which I just happened to receive in the mail on Friday after ordering the DVD over a week ago. I popped it in to listen to some of Yo Yo Ma's solos and again felt the desire to go out and buy (or rent) a cello and start learning how to play.
So about the concert -- allow me to first disclaim by saying I'm not a regular symphony attendee by any means, nor did my years suffering with the violin give me particularly good sense on what's good and what isn't. I do know, however, that the more modern the music, the less likely I am to find it enjoyable, and the bulk of last night's program both didn't include Mr. Ma and came from the last sixty years or so (John Cage, if that means anything to you). That portion wasn't particularly memorable.
Then Tan Dun premiered a piece he wrote based on old musical traditions in central China, which, as I can so professionally say, was pretty fun. You'd have to see it and hear it to know. It was interesting. But now I want to see Yo Yo play something a little more traditional.