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Rockport Music's fifth anniversary features Yo-Yo Ma / The Boston Musical Intelligencer

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On the occasion of his debut in honor of the fifth anniversary of Rockport Music's Shalin Liu Center Yo Yo Ma made an entrance with a sweeping recognition of the gorgeous back wall seascape before he briefly and jokingly turned his chair to face the water as if to serenade the gods of the sea instead of those in the gallery.

And what a different opening night it was from the BSO's frothy extravagance last September. The program that Artistic Director David Deveau worked out with Ma had no cheap thrills. The pleasures it afforded came through a deeper contemplation of demanding solo works of Bach and Crumb; while the Apollo on stage serenaded the full house, the Apollo on a chariot aloft brought the sun to its horizon through a rapturous hour.   READ THE FULL The Boston Musical Intelligencer REVIEW