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Yo-Yo Ma plays Ennio Morricone
28-Aug-2004 - Yo-Yo Ma, the famous cellist, collaborates with the even more famous Maestro Ennio Morricone on a new Sony Classical recording, Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone, that features original cello and orchestra arrangements by Morricone of his most popular themes from such films as The Mission, Cinema Paradiso, Once Upon a Time in America, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Untouchables and many more. Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone will be released on Tuesday, September 28, 2004.

Selected tracks on this recording have inspired four short student films that were made as part of a special program at the University of Southern California film school, in conjunction with its music school, to showcase the importance of music in filmmaking. The student filmmakers participated in a competition to select the best treatments, with the winning selections receiving funding from Sony Classical. The program will culminate in a special concert event at the Los Angeles campus of the school on November 5 with a performance of the music, accompanied by the projection of the winning films, and a symposium - with the participation of Yo-Yo Ma, Morricone's son Andrea (who is also a film composer), the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra and the student filmmakers.

Tickets for this USC Event go on sale starting Tuesday, October 5. Tickets are $15 general public / $10 USC faculty, staff, students and senior citizens. For tickets, call (213) 740-2167 or go to

Concert in Rome.

Yo-Yo Ma will also join Ennio Morricone in Rome on November 16 for a second concert performance with the Orchestra Roma Sinfonietta, with the composer conducting, which will launch the recording in Europe.

The genesis for this recording began during the Academy Awards in 2001, when Yo-Yo Ma was performing the Academy Award-winning score for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon on the Oscar telecast, and met Morricone, who was also in attendance for his Oscar-nominated score Malèna. Their initial encounter ultimately resulted in Morricone reimagining many of his most famous melodies in new orchestral treatments that feature the cello.

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