Famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott to bring 'Songs of Hope' to Orlando in April

click to enlarge Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Scott - Photo courtesy the Dr. Phillips Center
Photo courtesy the Dr. Phillips Center
Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Scott

Famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott released their collaborative Songs of Comfort and Hope album at the end of 2020, and now they'll bring that comforting music IRL to Orlando in April.

Ma and Stott will headline the new Steinmetz Hall as part of a "Dance and Music" series at the venue starting in late February and moving through the spring — which will include fellow performing arts luminaries the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

The duo of Ma and Stott have been close collaborators since the 1980s, with a number of notable recorded partnerships under their belts. The most recent, Songs of Comfort and Hope, grew out of a series of home-brewed performance videos Ma was posting online in the early days of the pandemic lockdown in 2020. This blossomed into a more formal recording project that see Stott and Ma tackling pop, classical and jazz chestnuts.

Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott soothe Steinmetz Hall on Thursday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now through the Dr. Phillips Center.

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