Songs of Joy and Peace: The Yo-Yo Ma Holiday Party
Imagine a musical party that celebrates the hopes, dreams and joy that animates seasonal festivals the world over. That is what inspired Yo-Yo Ma to create Songs of Joy and Peace: The Yo-Yo Ma Holiday Party with a remarkable group of friends. Hosted by John Schaefer, this special combined the joy of music with the gift of discovery as shared and performed by friends old and new. Ma recalled, "It started with the idea of a party, a party built around the concept of joy and the infinite varieties of joy to be found in the world. But joy can't exist in our world without the comfort of peace. I am really excited to know that I have all these fabulous colleagues who think the same way." Featured artists included James Taylor, Alison Krauss, Diana Krall, Dave Brubeck, Paquito d'Rivera, Chris Thile, Sergio Assad, Chris Botti and others. They collaborated with Ma on a range of sacred and secular songs, and shared the songs' special meaning for them during this time of year.