Yo-Yo Ma to give first live performances since February in Taiwan

Taipei,  World renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma (馬友友) will be in Taiwan next month to give his first performances before live audiences since February, after health agencies approved a shortened quarantine plan for the musician, the organizers said Friday.

Ma was originally scheduled to perform in Taiwan in March as part of “The Bach Project” tour he started in August 2018, but his visit was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

He will now begin his tour in Taiwan with a solo performance at Taipei Music Center on Nov. 10, local promoter The Management of New Arts (MNA) said after the government approved a shortened quarantine period for him similar to that available to business travelers.

“We are moved and feel honored by musicians who are willing to be quarantined before performing on stage,” said MNA chief Niu Hsiao-hua (牛效華).

While the majority of people entering Taiwan are subject to a 14-day quarantine, business travelers from territories deemed to be at lower risk of COVID-19 can apply for a shortened quarantine of five to seven days.

The applicants approved need to present on arrival proof of a negative test for COVID-19 done within three days before their departure, and be tested again at the end of the quarantine period.

In Ma’s case, he will also be required to engage in “self-health management” (wearing a face mask when needed, checking temperatures daily) for seven days before he arrives in Taiwan on Nov. 2 on a chartered flight. He will be in quarantine for seven days.

According to the cellist’s website, he aimed through the Bach Project to explore “how culture connects us” during the 36-city tour across six continents by performing Johann Sebastian Bach’s six suites for solo cello.

The tour was disrupted , however, after Ma performed in Dakar, Senegal, on Feb. 25, and the rearranged performance in Taipei will be his first since then, the MNA said.

Following the Nov. 10 recital, the cellist will be joined by British pianist Kathryn Stott for four performances across Taiwan, playing 11 pieces, including Le Grand Tango by Astor Piazzolla, Fritz Kreisler’s Londonderry Air and two by Chinese musician Wu Tong (吳彤), according to MNA.

Their performances will take place at the Tainan Cultural Center on Nov. 11, National Taichung Theater on Nov. 13, National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts on Nov. 14 and National Concert Hall in Taipei on Nov. 15, according to MNA.


Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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