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The 'Yo-Yo Ma effect' once again is astounding at Tanglewood / MassLive

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Maybe it was the weather. Maybe it was the music on the program. But most likely, it was "The Yo Yo Effect." I wrote about this a few days ago when Yo Yo Ma performed a chamber concert Thursday at Ozawa Hall on the ground of Tanglewood. The crowd was gigantic, bigger than any crowd you normally see for a chamber music concert. I wrote that Yo Yo Ma always attracts a large crowd, no matter what music he performs. But even by Yo Yo Ma standards, today's audience at Tanglewood was astounding. I haven't seen that many people on the lawn for a weekend classical music concert in years. 

So maybe today's larger-than-normal crowd could be attributed to today's gorgeous, mild weather or maybe there's something about the composer Robert Schumann that really attracts a big audience. Whatever the reason, there was barely a square spare inch on the lawn or an empty seat in The Shed for today's concert, which featured Ma performing Schumann's Cello Concerto in A with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor David Zinman.

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