This great and good man joins the ancestors, an enduring and true friend with the gift for recognizing possibility and creating beauty, come what may. With the richness of our memories and sad as we are, it would be profoundly ungrateful to grieve.
Yo-Yo Ma expanded the discussion from "Art for Art's Sake" to "Art for Life's Sake," addressing both the critical argument for the role of the arts in society, and the responsibility of artists to see themselves as world citizens who are as concerned about our greatest global challenges.
See the WWW Conference as an educational wake-up call. School should be about equipping students not just with the skills, but also with the self-confidence to pursue their passions, regardless of what others may think.
Tonight in Chapel Hill, N.C., Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble will give the world premiere of Dmitry Janov-Janovsky's hour-long Stravinsky fantasy called Sacred Signs at the University of North Carolina.
She can no longer sustain it on her own. Her portion of the burden is too large, or maybe she passes away, and the orchestra declares bankruptcy. Sounds too fatalistic? It's happening now. It's been happening for years. If you live near an orchestra, you know. And if you don't -- who cares?
The arts are in a parlous state, but contrary to popular belief, it isn't the fault of unions or the absence of arts education in our schools. The arts are in trouble because there is simply not enough excellent art being created.
No president, apart from John F. Kennedy, cited accomplishment in the arts as one of the highest aspirations of a nation. We must return to being a country that truly relishes the arts at their highest level of accomplishment.