Renowned cellist Yo Yo Ma has been running a series of mini concerts almost every day during lockdown that he’s termed #songsofcomfort on Facebook and Youtube and Facebook . Yo Yo Ma’s mission is simple: “In these days of anxiety, I wanted to find a way to continue to share some of the music that gives me comfort.”
Hook your phone up to your hifi and enjoy an eclectic selection that puts together Saint-SaÃ«ns and even children’s television presenter, Mr. Rogers.
In one post, Yo Yo Ma dedicates Ennio Morricone’s Legend of 1900 to Italy. In another, Bach’s Cello Suite No.3 pays tribute to the healthcare workers on the frontlines with the message: Your ability to balance human connection and scientific truth in service of us all gives me hope.
Listen to his first post featuring DvorÃ¡k:
Or this one with featuring a work by one ofÂ Turkey’s first composers, Ahmed Adnan Saygun :
Partita, Ahmed Adnan Saygun #songsofcomfort ?
Posted by Yo-Yo Ma on Sabtu, 4 April 2020
Ma has also collaborated with illustrator Sandra Boynton and even Lin-Manuel Miranda (who created the Hamilton musical), all of which can be found on Facebook.