Famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma has scheduled a second event in Worcester next month.Ma, one of the most well-known classical musicians of his generation, is set to give a lecture and performance at Mechanics Hall on April 7. Music Worcester -- the organization behind the event -- announced Wednesday that it will add a second, 2 p.m. lecture in addition to Ma’s 5 p.m. discussion and performance.“Celebrating Music Worcester’s 160th Anniversary Season with Yo-Yo Ma on April 7 was already a dream come true for the organization,” Music Worcester Executive Director Adrien C. Finlay said in a statement. “To be able to add this additional opportunity for him to reach area audiences at 2:00 PM suggests how far Music Worcester has come since its founding in 1858.” The lecture, “Culture, Understanding and Survival,” will feature Ma talking about culture’s power to create moments of shared understanding and exploring culture, society and the themes … [Read more...] about Cellist Yo-Yo Ma adds a second event in Worcester next month
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By Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune CHICAGO — About seven years ago, when writer Ling Ma was a fact checker in the Chicago office of Playboy, as work at the magazine began drying up and layoffs loomed, she started writing a novel. Right there, while sitting at her desk, watching her coworkers called into an office then leave the building hours later with severance packages and boxes of personal items. “There were always rumors of moving the magazine to Los Angeles, but gradually. Chicago fell apart in slow motion. They encouraged people to retire early, then they cut the maximum number of vacation days you could roll over to the next year — stuff like that. Of course I knew I would be laid off. There was this definite sense of foreboding.” So she wrote, imagined her firing, her end — and the end. As in, THE END. As she recalled this, she was curled on her couch in her apartment on the North Side. Behind her right shoulder was a shelf, and on it … [Read more...] about Chicago author Ling Ma never thought she’d write a zombie apocalypse novel. Here’s what changed her mind.
China jails for life former top secret police official published: 27 Dec 2018 views: 0 China jails for life former top secret police official A Chinese court on Thursday jailed for life a former high-ranking secret police official for taking bribes, “coercive” business deals and insider trading, the court said,,, Ma Jian, once a vice minister at the Ministry of State Security, is one of the most senior security officials to be jailed since the former domestic security tsar Zhou Yongkang was ensnared in a graft scandal and jailed for life in 2015,,, Ma’s case is linked to that of China’s most wanted fugitive, exiled tycoon Guo Wengui, who lives in New York and has courted international attention with his explosive claims about the leadership of the ruling Communist Party,,, The Dalian Intermediate People’s Court said in a statement on its website that it had reached the verdict on the grounds that Ma had taken a “particularly enormous” … [Read more...] about Ex-China spymaster Ma Jian jailed for life over graft
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Music Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByZachary Woolfe Sept. 28, 2018 LEIPZIG, Germany — While it’s impossible not to think of Johann Sebastian Bach as you walk through this city, where he spent the final decades of his life, what little remains of his world here has been altered almost beyond recognition. The house where he and his family lived was demolished a century ago. Next door, St. Thomas Church, where Bach was a cantor from 1723 to 1750, was overhauled in Gothic Revival style in the 1880s. St. Nicholas Church, where the “St. John Passion” was first performed in 1724, got its current cupcake-pastel interior decades after Bach died. And Bach certainly would never have heard Arabic being widely spoken, as it is now, in the bustling, largely immigrant neighborhood of Neustadt. It was here, on a mild … [Read more...] about Yo-Yo Ma Wants Bach to Save the World
Lulu Yilun Chen and Tom Mackenzie, Bloomberg Published 7:35 am PDT, Friday, September 7, 2018 Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., during a Bloomberg Television interview on the sidelines of the Xin Philanthropy Conference in Hangzhou, China, on Sept. 5, 2018. Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., during a Bloomberg Television interview on the sidelines of the Xin Philanthropy Conference in Hangzhou, China, on Sept. 5, 2018. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Qilai Shen. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Qilai Shen. Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., during a Bloomberg Television interview on the sidelines of the Xin Philanthropy Conference in Hangzhou, China, on Sept. 5, 2018. Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., during a Bloomberg Television … [Read more...] about Billionaire Jack Ma prepares for life after Alibaba