Yo-Yo Ma, A Sneak Preview

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 12:26am

Yo-Yo Ma, A Sneak Preview

by Trent Gilliss (@TrentGilliss),  Executive Editor / Chief Content Officer

We are in the final stages of producing our episode with the classical superstar cellist, Yo-Yo Ma. After more than a decade working on this radio project, I continue to marvel at Krista's prowess in creating conversational spaces with the most famous of people and in the magic of the production process. This interview demonstrates how the crafting of a podcast and a radio program can elevate a conversation and elevate the mind. Here's a two-minute preview to whet the appetite!

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Trent Gilliss is executive editor of On Being and chief content officer of Krista Tippett Public Productions. He received a Peabody Award in 2007 for his work on "The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi" and garnered two Webby Awards (in 2005, and again in 2008). The Online News Association nominated his journalistic work multiple times in the general excellence and outstanding specialty journalism categories. Trent's reported and produced stories from Turkey to rural Alabama, from Israel and the West Bank to Cambridge, England.

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Wonderful. I am looking forward to this! The man has humor and uplift in his thoughts and in his music.

Thank you for the sneak preview with Yo-Yo Ma. And the look at your wonderful website/blog. Your work always gives me ideas for the days ahead!

How I look forward to the upcoming experience with Yo Yo Ma and Krista. Having met him one-on-one a few years ago here in Washington, DC, I can say without reservation that he is a wonderfully gracious, warm, joyful and genuinely friendly person- just like in the slice of interview offered above...his music and his person, both pure delight for many years! Thanks, Krista and all your radio family there.

Thank you, Krista, for making this program possible! It will be a great gift to all of us who feel a spiritual connection to classical music and musicians.

I have never seen Mr Ma perform live, so I don't know if this is still true, but I heard that while many other classical music performers come out on stage looking straight ahead in intense concentration, Mr Ma comes out on stage laughing and waving to his friends. His humor is one of the many, many reasons why I like him.

I am looking forward to hearing Yo-Yo Ma's thoughts. The show reminded me of Daniel Barenboim's 2006 Reith Lectures. The first of which was titled "In the Beginning was Sound," where Berenboim considers the relation between first silence and then sound. (Transcript: http://bit.ly/Z3UlN7 | & podcast http://bbc.in/1tRyYtW )

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