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Not Our First Goat Rodeo: Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile performance

Not Our First Goat Rodeo: Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile
with guest Aoife O’Donovan

Date & Price

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Open Air Theatre


Reserved Seating: $59–145

Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members: $54–140*

Ticket includes all-day Gardens Admission


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An astounding group of virtuosos—Yo-Yo Ma on cello, Stuart Duncan on fiddle, Edgar Meyer on bass, and Chris Thile on mandolin—reunite live as Goat Rodeo for the first time in nearly a decade, joined by featured vocalist Aoife O’Donovan. The lively talents of these exceptional artists come together on stage to create a singular sound that’s part composed, part improvised, and uniquely American ... music so complex to pull off that the group likens it to a “goat rodeo,” or an airplane pilot’s nickname for a situation in which many different things need to go right to avoid disaster. In the words of the Los Angeles Times, this concert presents “unlikely musicians on unlikely instruments in concerts ... that [are] part blues, part bluegrass, and a smidgen of Bach.”

More about Goat Rodeo

The Grammy Award-winning The Goat Rodeo Sessions (2013) was the first step in this pathbreaking collaboration, producing music that NPR's World Cafe called “organic yet composed in a way that only four deeply talented, in-tune musicians could make it, ‘hinting’ at Appalachia, Chinese classical, Celtic, and jazz influences.” Now, the group reunites this summer to perform a collection of all new music, accompanied by a new album to be released in spring 2020 by Sony Masterworks. These five musicians’ diverse traditions and experiences intersect to create a compelling sound that is at once global and American, a shared voice that speaks powerfully to the American experience. 

*Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members receive access to the Pre-sale and $5 off regular Summer Performance Series ticket prices. If you are eligible, you have received a discount code and Pre-sale access code via direct mail or email from Longwood Gardens.