Yo-Yo Ma Performs At U.S. Mexico Border To Promote Global Unity

Written by on April 15, 2019

Fourth Estate Staff

Laredo, TX, United States (4E) – World renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma performed at the U.S-Mexico border on Saturday to make a point about global unity.

The Chinese-American classical musician performed Bach’s Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge, which connects Texas and Mexico, KSAT reported

“I’ve lived my life at the borders. Between cultures. Between disciplines. Between music. Between generations,” Ma told the audience, urging them to help “build bridges, not walls.”

Ma’s appearance was part of his Bach Project tour, in which he performs in 36 locations around the world. It was also part of the Day of Action, which is a joint event to celebrate the adjoining of the cities of Laredo and Nuevo Laredo, The Strad wrote.

After Ma’s performance, Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz presented him with a key to the city.

Ma is one of the world’s most respected cellist. He is a recipient of the National Medal of the Arts, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the J. Paul Getty Medal Award. He also performed for eight American Presidents, including Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy.

The next stop on Ma’s Back Project tour is Lima, Peru, where he will perform on April 30.

“I believe that during times of stress, confusion, and insecurity, we should share sources that offer comfort, purpose, and meaning. Bach does that,” Ma said about the inspiration for his tour. “When his music touches us, it reconnects us to our common humanity.”

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