From Left: MacArthur Award-winning bassist Edgar Meyer, Grammy-winning mandolin player Chris Thile and acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo-Ma (photo courtesy of Symphony Center).
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Internationally acclaimed cellist and Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s (CSO) Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma will join Grammy Award-winning mandolin player Chris Thile and MacArthur Award-winning bassist Edgar Meyer for an all-Bach program that concludes the Symphony Center Presents Chamber Music series season. The trio’s program is inspired by their recently released recording, Bach Trios, and includes specially-arranged selections from J.S. Bach’s The Art of the Fugue and The Well-Tempered Clavier as well as other works by Bach that were originally conceived for organ and viola da gamba. Ma, Thile and Meyer previously collaborated on the 2011 Grammy Award–winning folk album The Goat Rodeo Sessions.
Earlier this season, Ma gave the world premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Cello Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. His discography includes over 100 albums, including 18 Grammy Award winners. He has received numerous awards, including the Avery Fisher Prize (1978), the National Medal of Arts (2001) and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2010).
Mandolin virtuoso, singer/songwriter, co-founder of the band Punch Brothers and A Prairie Home Companion host Chris Thile performs across a variety of genres – from classical to rock to jazz and bluegrass. As a soloist, Thile has released five albums including his 2013 release Bach: Partitas and Sonatas, Vol.1, which was produced by renowned bassist Edgar Meyer. In September 2014, Thile and Meyer collaborated to release Bass + Mandolin, which won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.
Bassist, composer and producer Edgar Meyer’s musical styles encompass classical, bluegrass and jazz. In 2000, Meyer became the only bassist to receive the Avery Fisher Prize and was a 2002 MacArthur Fellow. He has collaborated with Mark O'Connor, Emanuel Ax, Mike Marshall and Amy Dorfman, among many esteemed others. Meyer’s most recent Symphony Center appearance was in 2014 with Thile, following the release of their critically acclaimed album Bass + Mandolin.
Tickets for all Symphony Center Presents Chamber Music concerts can be purchased by phone at 800‑223‑7114 or 312-294‑3000; online at cso.org, or at the Symphony Center box office: 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60604.