Fact: Broadway star Audra McDonald, singer James Taylor, soprano Renee Fleming and celebrated cellist Yo-yo Ma are set to headline a special show at New York's iconic Carnegie Hall next year (16) to mark the venue's 125th anniversary. Fellow musicians Marilyn Horne, Lang Lang, Martina Arroyo, Jessye Norman and Emanuel Ax will also be part of the line-up for the May, 2016 event.
Fact: Ancestry researchers have discovered that actresses Meryl Streep and Eva Longoria PARKER, cellist Yo-yo Ma and filmmaker Mike Nichols are all distant cousins. The finding was made using famous Americans' DNA for an upcoming genealogy documentary airing on U.S. TV network PBS in February (10).
Fact: Famed cellist Yo-yo Ma has been named musician of the year by industry publication Musical America for his "mastery" of classical music and his 10-year programme the Silk Road Project, a non-profit organisation that provides artistic, cultural and educational programs for children.