WSMR Quarterly Issue Reports - Q1 2020

Yo-Yo Ma Performs Bach’s Cello Suites

Yo-Yo Ma, Photograph by Jason Bell

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma will perform Bach’s six Cello Suites – LIVE – this Sunday on Classical WSMR.  Join us for this memorial to those we have lost in the pandemic and a tribute to the resilience of our communities.

Yo-Yo and Bach

Grammy Award-winning artist Yo-Yo Ma is a French-born American cellist known for his remarkable skill and mastery of the cello. He is a child prodigy who gave his first public performance at the age of five and made his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of nine. Yo-Yo creates programs that aim to collaborate with multiple cultures across the globe and continues to revolutionize classical music into what we know today. 

Bach’s Cello Suites were composed between 1717 and 1723 while he served as Kapellmeister in Köthen. Without a doubt, these suites are some of the most performed and celebrated works in classical music. Although these works were lost for nearly two centuries, Bach’s six Cello Suites have had a long-lasting impact on the history of classical music and continue to be performed to this day.

Listen Live

This 2.5-hour performance will air live and uninterrupted on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9 and will be streamed on and Yo-Yo’s YouTube channel. You can also listen live at, and from your smartphone with the WUSF Public Media App. Also, ask your Smart Speaker to play Classical WSMR. 

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