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The Bach Project

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. Alongside each concert is a day of action, a series of conversations and collaborations that explore how culture can help us imagine and build a better future. #cultureconnectsus

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United States

Berkeley, CA

Greek Theatre

September 29 & 30, 2018

Culture, strong schools, and creative expression

2018-09-30

https://bach.yo-yoma.com/Events/california/

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United States

Denver, CO

Red Rocks Amphitheater

August 1 & 2, 2018

Culture & society's most vulnerable

2018-08-03

https://bach.yo-yoma.com/Events/denver/

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United States

Washington, DC

National Cathedral

November 29 & 30, 2018

Building equity in Southeast DC

2018-12-01

https://bach.yo-yoma.com/Events/district-of-columbia/

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United States

Youngstown, OH

Blossom Music Festival

August 12 & 13, 2018

Culture & the Mahoning Valley's revitalization

2018-08-13

https://bach.yo-yoma.com/Events/ohio/

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Canada

Montreal

Montreal Bach Festival

December 7 & 8, 2018

How can culture humanize technology?

2018-12-8

https://bach.yo-yoma.com/Events/canada/

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Germany

Leipzig

Nikolaikirche

September 1 & 2, 2018

Bringing diverse communities together

2018-09-2

https://bach.yo-yoma.com/Events/leipzig/

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Austria

Vienna

Musikverein

May 27 - 29, 2019

What is the future of culture in Vienna?

2019-05-30

https://bach.yo-yoma.com/Events/vienna/

United States

Berkshires, MA

Tanglewood

August 10 & 11, 2019

The Berkshires make

2019-08-12

https://bach.yo-yoma.com/Events/berkshires/

Australia

Sydney

Sydney Opera House

November 4, 2019

2019-11-04

https://bach.yo-yoma.com/Events/sydney/

Australia

Melbourne

Arts Centre Melbourne

November 8, 2019

2019-11-08

https://bach.yo-yoma.com/Events/melbourne/

New Zealand

Christchurch

Christchurch Town Hall

November 12, 2019

2019-11-13

https://bach.yo-yoma.com/Events/christchurch/

United States

Texas

Laurie Auditorium

April 12 & 13, 2019

How can culture build bridges in border communities?

2019-04-13

https://bach.yo-yoma.com/Events/texas/

India

Mumbai

Tata Theatre, NCPA

January 21 - 23, 2019

Culture and social cohesion in a plural society

2019-01-23

https://bach.yo-yoma.com/Events/mumbai/

United States

Chicago, IL

Millennium Park

June 20 & 21, 2019

How can we use culture to confront gun violence in Chicago?

2019-06-21

https://bach.yo-yoma.com/Events/chicago-il/

Puerto Rico

San Juan

Corporación del Centro de Bellas Artes

March 22 & 23, 2019

Puerto Rico de Pie: the revitalizing power of culture

2019-03-23

https://bach.yo-yoma.com/Events/puerto-rico/

Spain

Barcelona

Palau de la Música Catalana

May 24 & 25, 2019

Connecting Barcelona's many realities in one square block of El Raval

2019-05-25

https://bach.yo-yoma.com/Events/barcelona-spain/

Peru

Lima

Huaca Pucllana

April 29 - May 1, 2019

How can the Amazon strengthen Lima, Peru, and the world?

2019-05-02

https://bach.yo-yoma.com/Events/lima-peru/

Multi-City

Chile

Teatro del Lago

May 1 - 5, 2019

How can culture help us understand natural forces?

2019-05-04

https://bach.yo-yoma.com/Events/chile/

Mexico

Mexico City

Plaza de la República

March 25-27, 2019

What is the responsibility of a 21st century cultural capital?

2019-03-27

https://bach.yo-yoma.com/Events/mexico-city/

Greece

Athens

Odeon of Herodes Atticus

June 29 & 30, 2019

'The Commons' of land and sea

2019-07-01

https://bach.yo-yoma.com/Events/athens-greece/

Colombia

Medellin

Metropolitan Theatre

May 8 & 9, 2019

Public space, memory, and healing

2019-05-10

https://bach.yo-yoma.com/Events/medellin-colombia

Lebanon

Byblos

Byblos Port

August 24, 2019

2019-08-25

https://bach.yo-yoma.com/Events/lebanon/

South Korea

Seoul

Seoul Olympic Park

September 7 & 8, 2019

2019-09-08

https://bach.yo-yoma.com/Events/seoul

“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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