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Yo-Yo Ma brings 'Bach Project' to San Antonio & Laredo / San Antonio Express-News

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Just under 3,000 people wil pack Trinity University's Laurie Auditorium on Friday for internationally renowned musician Yo-Yo Ma's sold out performance of Bach solo cello suites, but many, many more will get to experience the performance. That's because it will be simulcast at both the Mission Marquee Plaza, the community space on the former site of Mission Drive-In, and at Texas A&M International University in Laredo.

The concert is part of the Bach Project series that Ma launched in August: 36 concerts of the cello suites performed across the globe over the course of two years. Each performance will be coupled with a Day of Action devoted to cultural engagement and exploring the impact of the arts on communities.

The plan for the evening is for the Mission Marquee show to kick off an hour before Ma is slated to take the stage at Trinity. Urban-15's Carnaval de Santo will perform, as will the winners of the music portion of KPAC's annual Sounds Like KPAC teen talent competition: violinist Nicholas Garcia-Hettinger, who is a student at Brandeis High School; and the Saxalorian Quartet, a saxophone ensemble based at Churchill High School that includes Ian Weidman on soprano sax; Craig Jaffe on alto sax; Ricky Dixon on tenor sax; and Abbi Stewart on baritone sax.

Nathan Cone, vice president of cultural and community engagement for Texas Public Radio, will be master of ceremonies.

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