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Yo-Yo Ma, Silk Road & SSO break down barriers / The Straits Times

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How does one get people to attend concerts of new music? One way is to invite a celebrity artist to perform and audiences will pretty much swallow up whatever music is offered. That is a cynical way of looking at things, but what else could explain the Esplanade Concert Hall being filled to the rafters on two evenings featuring superstar Chinese-American cellist Yo-Yo Ma performing mostly modern works? To be fair, his imprimatur ensured that good contemporary music played by other excellent soloists with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) conducted by Shui Lan was heard by far more people than otherwise. Widening people's ears, breaking down barriers and fostering warm ties between diverse global cultures were always the mission of Ma's Silk Road Ensemble - truly a worthy cause for celebration.

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