The Washington Preforming Arts Society held a dinner in recognition of famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
By Kinne Chapin
Classical music was the focus at a recent dinner held by the Washington Preforming Arts Society (WPAS) in honor of Yo-Yo Ma and Katherine Stott. WPAS featured the two musicians as a part of its Star Series, in which the cellist and pianist preformed a selection of works ranging from Brahms to Gershwin. Perhaps no classical musician is better known than Ma- and for good reason. With endless accolades including 14 Grammy awards, he is truly one of the genius cellists, and beloved musicians, of our time.
The private dinner to celebrate Ma, held post-concert at the Isreali Lounge of the Kennedy Center, offered guests and members of WPAS an intimate setting to discuss music and mingle with the musician himself, who happily hopped tables and greeted aficionados. Reginald Van Lee, WPAS chairman of the board, was just one of the influential members of the DC preforming arts scene in attendance. An array of classical music supporters- from Ma’s son Nicholas, to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg– listened attentively as Ma gave a speech thanking the WPAS for their dedication to preserving the arts. From the beautiful setting to the meaningful conversation, the WPAS dinner in honor of Yo-Yo Ma was truly an evening to remember.