YO-YO MA, MESSENGER OF PEACE (A ‘Spirituality and Religion’ Tribute)

Posted by & filed under Bach, Cello Suite No. 1, CultureConnect Ambassador, multicultural, Paula Zahn, Silk Road Project, Silk Road Visions, Songs of Peace and Joy, United Nations, Yo-Yo Ma.

“This is about acknowledging what is precious to someone, and the gifts that every culture has given the world”

– Yo-Yo Ma

(Today’s PRIZE GIVEAWAY is a CD of Yo-Yo’s ‘Songs of Joy and Peace’. Simply leave a COMMENT to win. See Details below.)

Appointed a CultureConnect Ambassador by the United States Department of State in 2002, Yo-Yo Ma has met with, trained and mentored thousands of students worldwide including Lithuania, Korea, Lebanon, Azerbaijan and China. He has performed with and conducted master classes for members of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra.
Yo-Yo Ma plays the prelude from Bach´s Cello Suite No. 1

In 2006, Secretary General Kofi Annan named him a U.N. Messenger of Peace, and in 2007 Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon extended his appointment.

In this video, Paula Zahn interviews Yo-Yo about the “Silk Road Project.” Silk Road Project, Inc., initiated by Yo-Yo in 1998, promotes collaboration among artists and institutions, promotes multicultural artistic exchange, and studies ideas among different cultures along the Silk Road. (From the second century BCE until the 14th century, the Silk Road was a vast network of trade routes that connected China to the Mediterranean through Iran. Ideas, objects, and people traveled the Silk Road, making it a major conduit of culture and civilization.)

You can find out more about Yo-Yo Ma at his personal website, and more about The Silk Road Project here.

The winner of today’s contest will receive the CD Songs of Joy & Peace, Yo-Yo’s collection from the worlds of popular and classical music — some sacred, some secular, some traditionally seasonal, some simply beloved — connected in their sense of wonder and appreciation of the holiday season. Songs of Joy & Peace celebrates the universal hopes, dreams and good cheer animating seasonal festivals — Christmas, Hanukkah, Eid, Kwanzaa, Yuletide, Winter Solstice, New Year’s, Ramadan — the world over.


Today’s Prize Giveaway is a Free CD of Yo-Yo Ma’s Songs of Joy and Peace.
Today’s Prize Giveaway has the same rules as the other giveaways:

1.To enter to win, simply COMMENT ON THIS BLOG, leaving an email address so we can contact you if you win. All names of commenters go into the ‘hat’.

2.The giveaway period runs for ONE WEEK from posting. The winner will then be chosen by random drawing and contacted.

3. Only one entry per giveaway. (But you can enter as many different Daily Giveaway Contests as you want!)

If you don’t win this one, be sure to order a copy of  SONGS OF JOY AND PEACE from Amazon.