Mammoth Cave to show performances by Louisville Orchestra with guest Yo-Yo Ma

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MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky. – Two special performances by the Louisville Orchestra are coming to Mammoth Cave National Park with famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

The concert will take place inside Mammoth Cave in Rafinesque Hall on Saturday, April 29 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

According to a release by the park, the performances will be led by the Musical Director of the Louisville Orchestra, Teddy Abrams, and celebrate the history and culture of Mammoth Cave.

The release states Abrams created the music for the performance especially for Mammoth Cave. Abrams spent the last year exploring Mammoth Cave National Park and immersing himself into the cave’s geology and human history to gain inspiration from the sights and sounds of the park. He composed his work with featured performer Yo-Yo Ma in mind.

Yo-Yo has recorded more than 100 albums, is the winner of 19 Grammy Awards and has performed for nine American presidents, the release states.

The audience will be asked to participate and move around the performance space at various points during the piece. Concert goers should expect low lighting and a temperature of around 54 degrees. There are no seating options, and the performance time is estimated to last between 45 minutes to one hour.

Tickets for the event will be distributed by a lottery process through recreation.gov beginning Monday, Jan. 30.