World-renowned cellist and Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor at Large Yo-Yo Ma joins the NSO for a concert celebration of John F. Kennedy's monumental legacy that also features a new commission from Mason Bates.
World-renowned cellist and Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor at Large Yo-Yo Ma, called "the best-known, most versatile music soloist in this country and perhaps in the world" (The Washington Post), joins the NSO for a concert celebration of John F. Kennedy's monumental legacy.
The program also features a world premiere from Kennedy Center Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates.
Passage examines the theme of American exploration through the visionary words of Walt Whitman and John F. Kennedy. Composed for renowned mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and the National Symphony Orchestra, the work imaginatively sets Whitman's "Passage to India" alongside recorded fragments of JFK's moonshot speech. Two iconic American voices--that of poet and President--come together on a journey to the ever-expanding human frontier.
Includes a free post-concert AfterWords discussion.
This event is part of JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy, inspired by five enduring ideals often ascribed to JFK: Courage, Freedom, Justice, Service, and Gratitude. Learn more about this event's connection to the celebration.
Performance Timing: TBA
David RubensteinDavid and Alice Rubenstein are the Presenting Underwriters of the NSO.
David BohnettSupport for Mason Bates at the Kennedy Center is provided in part by David C. Bohnett.
Irene PollinNew Artistic Initiatives are funded in honor of Linda and Kenneth Pollin.
Margaret Abell Powell FundSupport for JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy is provided by Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, Chevron, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, and Target.