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The Bach Project Exploring how culture connects us

Photo by Jason Bell

The Vision

Yo-Yo Ma sets out to perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s six suites for solo cello in one sitting, in 36 locations around the world.

It is a journey motivated not only by his six-decade relationship with the music, but also by Bach’s ability to speak to our common humanity at a time when our civic conversation is so often focused on division.

The project brings the music to iconic locations such as the National Cathedral in Washington, DC; the Nikolaikirche in Leipzig; and Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, exploring how #CultureConnectsUs.

NOV  29, 2018

Washington, D.C.National Cathedral

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Yo-Yo Ma and local partners will join each community in a conversation about how culture can help us imagine and build a better future.

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Klänge der Hoffnung (Sounds of Hope) brings together musicians of many backgrounds — Syrian and German, Bangladeshi and Polish, Jewish and Muslim — to create music and celebrate the possibility of connection across difference.

“I believe that culture – the way we express ourselves and understand each other – is an essential part of building a strong society. My hope is that together we can use Bach’s music to start a bigger conversation about the culture of us.”

Yo-Yo Ma

Six Evolutions

This journey coincides with the release of Yo-Yo Ma’s third and final recording of the suites, Six Evolutions, available now from Sony Classical.

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36 concerts. 36 Days of Action.

6 Continents

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