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Chinese-American cellist Yo-Yo Ma is known for literally crossing borders. He performs all over the world, and is famous for mixing cultures in his music.

Last summer our "Traveler at Large" Tony Kahn got a chance to sit down with Yo-Yo Ma as he was planning his most current border-crossing project. He calls it "The Silk Road Project," a two-year mission of bringing the musicians and the music of various points in Asia together. Now, the experimental cellist is actually traveling on his Silk Road trip, so we thought it would be an ideal time to revisit his conversation with Tony Kahn. Tony, in getting to know Yo Yo Ma, got to spend time with one of the greatest classical musicians alive today.

Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Project will continue throughout this year. The musician will finish his current European/Asian tour by mid-April. Then he makes a swing across the U.S., and some of those dates will be appearances with the Silk Road Ensemble that he's put together.

Interview: Yo-Yo Ma

[Originally aired 8/24/2001]

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Silk Road Project Festival Tour Schedule:

Orchestre National de Lyon
Lyon, France
April 4-7, 2002

Cité de la Musique
Paris, France
April 9-11, 2002

Cal Performances at the UC Berkeley
Berkeley, California
April 19-21, 2002: with the Mark Morris Dance Group
April 23-24, 2002: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble
April 28, 2002: Silk Road Ensemble

Carnegie Hall
New York, New York
May 3, 4, 7 and 10, 2002

Washington Performing Arts Society
Washington, D.C.
May 5, 2001

Seattle Symphony
Seattle, Washington
May 2002

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Washington, D.C.
June 26-30, 2002
July 3-7, 2002

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Chicago, Illinois
May 2002 and Fall 2002

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Yo-Yo Ma on the Sony Classics website:

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