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Yo-Yo Ma And Louisville Orchestra Tickets Sell Out In Two Hours

Yo-Yo Ma
Jason Bell

Tickets for “An Evening with Yo-Yo Ma” and the Louisville Orchestra went on sale to the public this morning at 10 a.m. Two hours later, they were all gone.

The concert is slated for Oct. 30 at the Kentucky Center.

One of the greatest cellists of our time, Ma has produced more than 90 albums and won 18 Grammy Awards.

According to a release, Louisville Orchestra subscribers have been “gobbling up the majority of Yo-Yo Ma tickets which have been on sale exclusively to them for months.” Earlier this week, there were limited pre-sales to Fund for the Arts members, Kentucky Center for the Arts patrons, and WUOL members.

Carla Givan Motes, the orchestra’s director of patron services and ticket operations, says two weeks ago the concert was already at 60 percent capacity. By Wednesday evening, there were only about 230 seats left.

“We knew today was going to go quickly,” she says.

Motes, who has been in charge of Louisville Orchestra ticketing for 24 seasons, says in her time there the only other concert with such demand was their 2014 John Williams show.

“They went on sale in September, and we sold out about a month before the performance, which was in January,” Motes says. “But we’re six weeks out from this performance, so this is the longest lead time I think I’ve seen.”

So, if you're one of the many Louisvillians who didn't snag a ticket, here's a video to ease your disappointment: