Yo-Yo Ma to Speak at MIT

The renowned cellist will join MIT President L. Rafael Reif as part of the Institute’s Compton Lecture Series

March 15, 2018

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Sarah McDonnell
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CAMBRIDGE, MA – On Monday, March 19, MIT’s Karl Taylor Compton Lecture Series will welcome world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma to deliver the lecture: “Yo-Yo Ma: Culture, Understanding and Survival.” The event, which will take place at 4:00 PM in MIT’s Kresge Auditorium, will also include a conversation between Ma and MIT President L. Rafael Reif.

Yo-Yo Ma was born in Paris and began to study the cello with his father at age four. Perhaps the most celebrated cellist of his generation, Ma is a prolific performer and teacher, having recorded more than 100 albums, given thousands of live performances and master classes, and served as artistic advisor or consultant to organizations such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Carnegie Hall. His numerous awards include the National Medal of the Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His work provides opportunities for music to be experienced within communities, with a special commitment to programs that introduce children to music and its creation.

The Karl Taylor Compton Lecture Series, named after the former MIT president, was established in order to bring leaders to campus who are noted for their universality of thought and their influence on human values. Since its inception in 1957, the series has welcomed a range of speakers, including Senator Edward M. Kennedy, journalist Tom Brokaw and Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund.

Announcement: http://news.mit.edu/2017/yo-yo-ma-to-deliver-compton-lecture-1030
Background: http://compton.mit.edu/ 

 Karl Taylor Compton Lecture:
“Yo-Yo Ma: Culture, Understanding and Survival”

Monday, March 19th
4:00-5:00 PM

Kresge Auditorium/W16
48 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA

Reporters interested in attending must RSVP to s_mcd@mit.edu to ensure access as space is limited. Please note: there will be no general press availability with Ma.


Topics: Special events and guest speakers, Compton lecture, President L. Rafael Reif, Community, Humanities, Art, Music