Renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma to give free concert in Montreal métro today

Chinese-American cellist Yo-Yo Ma is taking his Bach Project around the world. Today’s stop is in Place des Arts métro.



World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma has announced he’ll give a free concert in Montreal’s subway Saturday.

The Chinese-American musician’s Facebook page says the concert in the Place-des-Arts métro station will explore connections and disconnections in contemporary lives.

His Bach Project will see the cellist perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s six suites for solo cello in one sitting, in 36 different locations.

In August, he played at an amphitheatre in Denver, Colo., then in September, he played in Leipzig, Germany.

Now, after playing at the Maison Symphonique Friday night, he will set up his stage at the Place des Arts métro.

A spokesman for Montreal’s transit agency says Ma will take the stage at 2 p.m., following a multimedia presentation that combines music, art and technology.

Philippe Déry of the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) says the subway stations often draw strong busking talent but rarely anyone of Ma’s renown.

The 63-year-old cellist’s concert is part of what his website calls a “day of action” that will explore the topic of culture and its role in humanizing technology.

Déry says the concert will be free and also live-streamed on the transit agency’s Facebook page.

This story will be updated.