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Yo-Yo Ma partners with cellist-composer Giovanni Sollima TONIGHT - Feb 1 for his world premiere performance with CSO

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"He is interested in everything" - Yo-Yo Ma

51-year-old cellist-composer Giovanni Sollima has musical interestes that span from the Middle Ages to Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana. These wide-ranging interests will be exhibited in the composer's "Antidotum Tarantulae XXI (Antidote to Tarantulas XXI)," Concerto for Two Cellos and Orchestra" which will get its world premiere performances TONIGHT!! Jan. 30-Feb. 1 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and soloists Yo-Yo Ma and Sollima.

Many of Sollima's varied fascinations will be audible in this work, which the composer describes as kind of musical time machine, with elements from the Renaissance and baroque eras interspersed with "small experiments." He incorporates musical fragments from medieval Italian composer Matteo de Perugia and Nicola Vicentino, a Renaissance visionary who pioneered explorations of microtones and chromaticism, and even a love song from none other than Leonardo da Vinci.

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