2022 Calendar

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Yo-Yo Ma Returns

FridayAugust 57:30 PM



William Eddins, conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello


Villa-Lobos                                       “Ária (Cantilena),” from Bachianas brasileiras No. 5*
Saint-Saëns                                      Cello Concerto No. 1
Rimsky-Korsakov                              Sheherazade

World renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma will make his return to SPAC for the first time since 2017 with a program that opens with the “Ária” from Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas brasileiras No. 5, a delightful blend of Brazilian folk tunes and Bach-inspired chamber music.

Following is Saint-Saëns’s sparkling First Cello Concerto, one of the greatest and most technically challenging cello pieces ever written, in the masterful hands of Yo-Yo Ma. The evening closes with Rimsky-Korsakov’s sweeping Sheherazadecore Russian Romantic repertoire seemingly invented to showcase the Philadelphia Sound.


*indicates SPAC premiere

Program Notes

This evening’s program is made possible by the generous support of Heather and Jason Ward

Ticketing Information

SPAC members will have early presale access to this event beginning the week of March 7. Members will receive an email with their presale start time.

Tickets will be available to the general public on March 16 at 10:00 a.m. Want early access and a discount of 15% on your ticket purchase? Join as a member now!

Ticket Packages

New for 2022!

  • Purchase any three (3) performances of the New York City Ballet or The Philadelphia Orchestra and save 15%. SPAC members will receive 20% off!
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