In a special concert, YO-YO MA performs all six of J.S. Bach’s Suites for Solo Cello, music that has given him, in his own words, “sustenance, comfort and joy during times of stress, celebration and loss.” This concert is part of his two-year global initiative comprising 36 performances of the Bach Suites across six continents, with what he calls “days of action,” seeking “to put culture in action by bringing people together to address pressing social issues” and “invite all of us to think differently about the role of culture in society.”


Thank you for sharing in our excitement of this sold-out concert. Tickets for this event are no longer available, however we invite everyone to our free simulcast concert screening. For more information, please rsvp here.

Performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s
Six Suites for Solo Cello
YO-YO MA, Cellist
Friday, April 12, 2019, 8:00 p.m.
Laurie Auditorium at Trinity University



Friday, April 12, 2019, 8:00 p.m.

  • Mission Marquee Plaza, San Antonio- 3100 Roosevelt Avenue, San Antonio, Texas
  • Texas A&M International University, Laredo

The free outdoor simulcast screening of YO-YO MA’s The Bach Project performance will project the entire performance in real time at Mission Marquee Plaza.

Mission Marquee, with its large stage and screen, serves the community as a meeting place to enjoy various outdoor activities throughout the year including festivals, film screenings, arts & culture events, open-air markets and more.

The Mission Marquee Plaza, formerly known as the Mission Drive-In Theatre, officially opened in 2014. The facility is located on the Southside of San Antonio near Mission San Jose, which is one of San Antonio’s five historic Missions recently designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The area is rich in history and culture, and is considered to be one of San Antonio’s iconic gems.

For generations, many families locally and from the South Central Texas region gathered to watch movies when it served as a drive-in theater.

Reminders about the event:

This is a rain or shine event that is free and open to the public.
No tickets will be mailed to you for access to the simulcast.

Park opens at 6:00 p.m.
Seating is available on the Mission Marquee Lawn on a first come, first served basis.
Please bring blankets and chairs for your convenience and comfort.
Picnics are welcome.
Do not bring glass containers.

Live music starts at 7:00 p.m.
Performances by “Sounds Like KPAC” competition winners Saxalorian, Violinist Nicholas Garcia-Hettinger and URBAN 15!

Simulcast begins at 8:00 p.m.
Parking is free and can be found in lots around Mission Marquee Plaza and Mission County Park.

Food trucks will be on site during the festivities and will include:
Raulito’s Eat Street
Spain’s Street Cuisine La Plaza
Kona Ica
Vendors are subject to change.



Saturday, April 13, 2019, Laredo

Alongside the concert, YO-YO MA and his team partner with artists and culture makers, cultural and community organizations, and leaders from across sectors to design conversations, collaborations, and performances. It will aspire to local relevance and global significance; it will demonstrate culture’s power to create positive change; it will inspire new relationships, connect partners across locations, and ask us all to keep culture at the center of our efforts to build a shared future.

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