Face to Face with cellist Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma, Grammy award-winning cellist, cultural ambassador and U.N. Messenger of Peace will join the upcoming Face to Face Speaker Forum for an evening of conversation on Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

During the event, he will share his personal stories and vision for a better tomorrow along with musical interludes. The evening will be moderated by PBS NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown. Students from the Wake Forest String Quartet will perform before the start of the program. 

In addition to his work as a performing artist, Yo-Yo Ma partners with communities and institutions from Chicago to Guangzhou to develop programs that champion culture’s power to transform lives and forge a more connected world. He is the first artist ever appointed to the World Economic Forum’s board of trustees, and a member of the board of Nia Tero, the U.S.-based nonprofit working in solidarity with Indigenous peoples and movements worldwide.

The community-facing Face to Face Speaker Forum brings world-renowned, influential voices to Winston-Salem to discuss topics in a variety of areas including politics, arts and culture, business and social justice.

Single tickets are available for purchase here. Tickets are free for Wake Forest students and students from area institutions of higher learning.

In accordance with University guidelines, event admittance requires all audience members wear a mask while inside the building AND provide proof of full vaccination (WFU ID or vaccination card) or negative results of PCR or rapid antigen COVID test taken within 48 hours prior to the event for all visitors ages 12 and over. Digital images of vaccination records or test results are acceptable. Photo ID is not required. 

This Face to Face Speaker Forum is presented by Rose and Travis Collins. A complete list of Face to Face Speaker Forum sponsors is available here.

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