Yo-Yo Ma’s cultural presence long ago transcended the world of classical music. When you’re the first-call cellist for presidential inaugurations, you know you’re on a different plane — in fact, he is officially dubbed a UN Messenger of Peace.
Yet Ma’s ties to Massachusetts run deep. When not playing cello around the world, the Harvard University graduate splits his time between homes in Cambridge and Tyringham, and makes annual appearances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. This summer marks the 30th anniversary of his first appearance there.