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Boston Conservatory & Yo-Yo Ma Honor Richard Ortner & Lynn Chang

(L-R: Lynn Chang, Richard Ortner and Yo-Yo Ma)

BOSTON, MA—March 23, 2009—The Boston Conservatory, an internationally renowned college offering degrees in music, dance and musical theater, proudly celebrated the anniversaries and accomplishments of President Richard Ortner and strings faculty member Lynn Chang at its annual gala on March 21 at the Back Bay Events Center.  As a special surprise, legendary cellist Yo-Yo- Ma made a cameo appearance and performance to pay tribute to Ortner, celebrating 10 years, and Chang, celebrating 25 years with the Conservatory.

The evening began with a special tribute performance, a varied selection of music, dance and theater pieces performed by students and alumni of the Conservatory.  The performance culminated with a guest appearance by Ma, who joined Chang and the Hemenway Strings student honors ensemble on stage to perform two pieces.  Ma and Chang, former Harvard classmates who frequently perform together, did a duet of F.C.’s Jig, for violin and cello, by Mark O’Connor.  Following the duet was Salut D’Amour by Sir Edward Elgar (transcribed for violin, cello and strings by John Murphree (M.M. ’09), performed by Ma, Chang and the Hemenway Strings ensemble and dedicated to President Ortner. 

About The Boston Conservatory

The Boston Conservatory trains exceptional young performing artists for careers that enrich and transform the human experience. Known for its intimate and supportive multi-disciplinary environment, The Boston Conservatory offers fully accredited graduate and undergraduate programs in music, dance and theater, and presents more than 200 performances each year by students, faculty and guest artists. Since its founding in 1867, The Boston Conservatory has shared its talent and creativity with the city of Boston, the region and the nation, and continues to grow today as a vibrant community of artists and educators.  For more information, visit

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