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Texasgal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:27 PM
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Yo Yo Ma
Inauguration video:

I find him amazingly beautiful.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBKL7hRZWkg
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sohndrsmith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:37 PM
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1. I do too. I will never forget seeing him perform (I forget where and when, sorry)
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 08:39 PM by sohndrsmith
on PBS and in the interview afterwards, he mentioned that they hadn't practiced, they were sort of winging - or ad-libbing it (it was a full orchestra, but he was the focus (again, I apologize for not remembering the particulars, because I'd love to remember it).

He FELT the music, he became it, it was so astounding it's sort of hard to describe. I've seen him at Lincoln Center and SPAC (I think it was SPAC - maybe Tanglewood) in the past, but this performance - even though it was not live but televised, was just incredible.

About the piece he and Perlmann (sp?) played that was written for the inauguration by Williams, I think - is there anyone else that thinks it was partly based on Stevie Wonders' singing "Ba-rack O-bah-ah-ma" almost in a scale progression, a couple of times during the primary or general election events. I would love to know that it is... it sounds like the notes are the same to me.... (if I find a clip of Stevie singing this, I'll add it in an edit).
here: Just the part where he sings "Barack Obama":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guCcgfVUeZk

It would just be a lovely way of honoring him in such a beautiful piece and performance...
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Texasgal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:45 PM
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4. I had tears in my eyes when I saw it live
and even with the video I am still moved by this piece...

Ahhh, I just saw where you edited! What a treat! THANK YOU!
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stuntcat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:41 PM
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2. I love him!
I went to one of his Silk Road shows, in New York. I saw Itzhak Perlman once too, and it was cool to see them together!

Not that I could see them really, I had to watch the jumbo-tron. but still.
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xxqqqzme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:41 PM
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3. He is a delight to watch.
He was so joyful yesterday and it was infectious.
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Manifestor_of_Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:03 PM
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5. Culture is back!!!
Go fiddlers!

I saw Yo Yo Ma many years ago at the Houston Symphony playing one of the major cello concertos (Dvorak??).

He's one of those musicians that, when they are soloing, the rest of the orchestra is LISTENING.

Listening hard.

:D

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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:06 PM
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6. I love him, but, thanks to Seinfeld, I can't think of him without picturing Jerry saying:
"Boutros Boutros Ghali" after they saw the nekkid woman get out of the pool in the shrinkage episode.
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