Considered one of the world’s greatest living cello players, Yo Yo Ma is headlining a sold-out concert tonight in Davenport.
His appearance with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra marks that organization’s 100th season.
Orchestra executive director, Ben Loeb, says the famed cellist has a very busy schedule and receives a lot of requests like this.
“I think for Yo Yo and his team, it was really important that we were celebrating such a historic year,” Loeb says. “All indications are that he really feels a great sense of responsibility to help orchestras everywhere thrive.”
Along with overtures by Brahms and Tchaikovsky, he will play the Dvorak Cello Concerto.
The 100th anniversary season opened last fall with another top soloist, pianist Andre Watts.
Formerly known as the Tri-City Symphony, the orchestra played its first concert on May 29th, 1915.
Tonight’s show begins at 7:30 at the Adler Theater and while it’s sold out, tickets are still available to a post-concert champagne and dessert reception.