Yo-Yo Ma’s rare genius was perfect opening for BPO season, Buffalo News

The moon looked full Wednesday night, and Kleinhans Music Hall was brimming with nervous energy.

It was the gala opening of the season, and Yo-Yo Ma was in the house. The concert, conducted by Music Director JoAnn Falletta, packed the place to the rafters. From the start, there was a sense of suspense. And the evening delivered.

There is something affecting about Yo-Yo Ma. Even though he’s 57, almost 58, he’s eternally youthful. It might have something to do with the range of music he plays, everything from Appalachian folk music with fiddler Mark O’Connor to East/West fusion music with Asian musicians. Wednesday night he was playing a contemporary piece, “Azul,” by Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov. Read More.