WHYY's Lifelong Learning Award
Honoring Yo-Yo Ma

WHYY’s Lifelong Learning Award Honoring Yo-Yo Ma


Wednesday, MAY 1, 2024
5:30 P.M.

WHYY is delighted to announce that Yo-Yo Ma will be honored with WHYY’s 22nd Annual Lifelong Learning Award on May 1, 2024 at an in-person award presentation and reception with a virtual option to view the interview.

Started in 2002, the WHYY Lifelong Learning Award recognizes an honoree who has demonstrated a passion for lifelong learning for themselves and for all those they can inspire. Previous recipients include President Joseph R. Biden, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff, and more.

The highlight of this event will be the opportunity to experience a live interview of Yo-Yo Ma by Terry Gross, host and co-executive producer of Fresh Air, before the interview is broadcast on Fresh Air. In-person guests are also invited to attend a VIP reception at WHYY with hearty hors d’oeuvres, and a behind-the-scenes tour of WHYY.


Yo-Yo Ma’s career is testament to his faith in culture’s ability to generate trust and understanding – from his iconic performances and recordings to original undertakings such as the Bach Project and Our Common Nature, a cultural journey to celebrate the ways that nature can reunite us in pursuit of a shared future. Yo-Yo was born to Chinese parents in Paris, where he began to study the cello with his father when he was four. Three years later, he moved with his family to the United States, where he continued his cello studies before pursuing a liberal arts education.

Proceeds from this event will support WHYY’s commitment to encouraging lifelong learning and advancing civic engagement through storytelling, education and community dialogue.

Please contact Yvette Murray at 215-351-2054 or ymurray@whyy.org with any questions.

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