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Feb 26 , 2018

Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos, and Yo-Yo Ma


Cobb Great Hall

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“I can’t imagine a more perfect performance than the one I experienced.” –MassLive

Cello icon Yo-Yo Ma, Grammy-winning pianist Emanuel Ax, and violinist extraordinaire Leonidas Kavakos unite for an intimate performance exploring trios of Johannes Brahms – works that span the composer’s life from youthful zeal to mature wisdom. When they performed this program at Tanglewood, these great musicians kindled a multitude of standing ovations from an astounded sold-out crowd. Emanuel Ax is known for his “thoughtful, lyrical, lustrous” pianism (The Washington Post) that is “strong on bravura, [and] ravishing in finesse” (The Guardian). Leonidas Kavakos, “a spectacular artist” (Philadelphia Inquirer), was awarded the Léonie Sonning Music Prize in 2017. Yo-Yo Ma is one of the most prolific artists in the world, brilliantly collaborating across several genres. Ma’s “performances are wonderfully eloquent and sophisticated” (Los Angeles Times), marked with “beautifully calibrated dynamic detailing” (Chicago Classical Review). One of the highlights of the season!

“[Ax, Kavakos and Ma] seemed to relish every second on stage together. The crowd relished every single note. A thunderous applause filled the hall.” –The Massachusetts Republican 

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