Cellist Yo-Yo Ma joins the New Jersey Symphony in Elgar's Cello Concerto, one of the great standards of the cello literature. Conductor Antoni Witt also leads the orchestra in a pair of early-20th century favorites: Elgar's Enigma Variations and Ravel's Bolero. Midge Woolsey and Ellliott Forrest hosted this broadcast from the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
WQXR's broadcast ended with an encore solo version of "Appalachian Waltz," dedicated to the recovery efforts for Hurricane Sandy. "I know people are still working really really hard in the recovery process," Ma told Forrest in a post-concert interview. It harks back to a place in Appalachia where people have really hard lives. That plaintive sound in the music is a reflection of what people are going through."
The encore also marked a performance recovery of sorts: earlier in the evening Ma experienced a technical glitch with a peg on his cello, one that was fixed swiftly on the spot, and the performance carried on.