Performing Arts

Yo-Yo Ma brings an international musical collaboration to the Arsht Center

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his Silkroad collaborators mix international influences in a Sunday performance at the Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall.
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his Silkroad collaborators mix international influences in a Sunday performance at the Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall.

The week in music brings concerts by Yo-Yo Ma and friends, the Ehnes Quartet, the Greater Miami Symphonic Band and the South Florida Symphony Orchestra.

▪ “Musical Perspectives on the Cultures of BRIC” might not be the most enlightening title, but the work that cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his fellow Silkroad artists will perform at the Arsht Center’s John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall at 8 p.m. Sunday is a rich, cross-cultural musical collaboration.

“BRIC” stands for Brazil, Russia, India and China, each contributing musical traditions and sounds to a program that will feature Ma, pianist Kathryn Stott, master guitarists Sérgio and Odair Assad, violinist Johnny Gandelsman, vocalist and sheng artist Wu Tong and tabla master Sandeep Das. The first concert in the 2015-16 Knight Masterworks Season will include Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2, Stravinsky’s Chanson Russe, Wu Tong and Liu Lin’s Wine Madness, Zhao Jiping’s Moon Over Guan Mountains, Das’ Ekla Cholo Re, César Camargo’s Cristal, Milton Nascimento’s Milagre dos Peixes and Terry Riley’s Turning.

Tickets to the concert are $50 to $150. The Knight Concert Hall is at 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Call 305-949-6722 or visit

▪ The Ehnes Quartet will perform an all-Beethoven program at 8 p.m. Monday at the Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables. Part of the Friends of Chamber Music’s 60th anniversary season, the concert will include the String Quartet No. 5 in A (Opus 18 No. 5), the String Quartet No. 11 in F (Opus 95) “Serioso” and the String Quartet No. 15 in A, Opus 132. Tickets are $35, available by calling 305-372-2975 or visiting

▪ The Greater Miami Symphonic Band starts its 37th season with a concert at 8 p.m. Sunday at the University of Miami’s Gusman Hall, 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables. Trudy Kane will be the flute soloist, and Gary Green and Robert Longfield will conduct. On the bill are Poem, Poet and Peasant Overture, Simple Gifts, Machu Picchu, Music Makers, Where Valor Proudly Sleeps and Sinatra in Concert. Tickets are $15 ($5 for students and children). Call 305-273-7687 or visit

▪ The South Florida Symphony Orchestra is playing music from Tony Award-winning Broadway musicals in a concert titled “And the Tony Goes To...” Sebrina María Alfonso will lead the orchestra in selections from Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, Evita, Candide and more, with singers Bridgette Gan, Beth Holland, Janna Baty, John Whittlesey, Davron Monroe and Neil Nelson delivering the vocals. Performances are at 4 p.m. Sunday at Florida Atlantic University’s Kaye Auditorium on the campus at 777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton, and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $35 to $75. For FAU information, call 561-297-6124 or visit; for Broward Center, call 954-462-0222 or visit