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Yo-Yo Ma Named Chicago Symphony's First Judson and Joyce Green ('74 & '75) Creative Consultant

December 20, 2009

Yo-Yo Ma lg09.jpgDecember 20, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — The generosity of Judson and Joyce Taglauer Green, 1974 and 1975 graduates of DePauw University, will bring Yo-Yo Ma to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the world-famous cellist will "begin a three-year term next month as the CSO's first Judson and Joyce Green creative consultant, working with the orchestra and its education programs in almost every area from classrooms to community centers and juvenile detention facilities to Orchestra Hall itself."

Ma tells the newspaper, "I have a deep affection for Chicago. The chance to work with Maestro (CSO music director designate Riccardo) Muti in a city that was the culmination of so much of my 10 years of work on the Silk Road Project and which is in many ways its own multi-ethnic, multigenerational and multi-experiential cultural capital is a great honor and very exciting."

The Chicago Tribune notes, "Ma's formal title, the Judson and Joyce Green creative consultant, takes its name from its funders. Joyce Green is a trustee of the CSO Association and serves on the board of its Judson and Joyce Green Oct 27 2007.jpglearning institute. Judson Green recently retired as president and CEO of NAVTEQ, the Chicago-based digital map producer."

A lead gift by Judson and Joyce Green made possible the $29 million expansion and renovation of DePauw's Performing Arts Center. Now known as the Judson and Joyce Green Center for the Performing Arts, the building was dedicated in 2007. A summary of the ceremony -- including video and audio clips and photographs -- can be found in this article.