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Yo-Yo Ma stays on CSOA Creative Consultant / Chicago Sun-Times

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The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) released the results of fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2014­–June 30, 2015) at its annual meeting Thursday at Symphony Center and the CSOA had it's fifth consecutive year of record-breaking ticket sales, according to Jay Henderson, chairman of the board of trustees of the CSOA, and CSOA president Jeff Alexander, who presented the artistic and financial highlights of the season. Music Director Ricardo Muti and president Alexander announced a two-year contract extension for world-renowned cellist and educator, Yo-Yo Ma, who has served as the organization's Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant since the position was established in 2010.

Ma's position as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's first creative consultant stands as a cornerstone of Muti's vision for the CSO which has been formally described as "To deepen the Orchestra's engagement with the Chicago community, to develop a new generation of musicians, and to collaborate with peer artists to bring unparalleled musical experiences to the CSO's audiences at home and around the world."  READ THE Chicago Sun Times ARTICLE


With guidance from Muti and Ma, a variety of programs have been developed both in and outside of Symphony Center, the Orchestra's home, involving musicians of the CSO and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, with Muti and Ma both playing a major role in many of these activities. Since 2010, program sites in addition to Symphony Center have included Chicago-area prisons, schools, hospitals, community centers and other public spaces in the city, as well as a wide variety of sites when the CSO is on tour in the U.S. and throughout the world, such as churches, medical centers, music and special needs schools, rehabilitation and foster homes and orphanage centers.


Ma has served as an invaluable partner to Muti and to the CSO musicians, as well as to the CSO's Negaunee Music Institute. Ma's creativity has helped develop new programs for young people-the innovative "Once Upon A Symphony" series that integrates performances by CSO musicians and storytelling to engage children ages 3 through 5 and their families-and his artistry has enhanced performance and training experiences for members of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.


During his time as the CSO's Creative Consultant, Ma has also worked through the CSO to convene Chicago's cultural organizations, and has actively advocated for arts education as a national cultural advisor for the Chicago Public Schools Arts Education Plan and an honorary co-chair of the Campaign for Creative Schools, which is generating funding to support the implementation of the Arts Education Plan.


To read a new interview with  Maestro Muti visit: