Yo-Yo with YO

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Yo-Yo Ma is an extraordinary musician, which is kind of like saying that Willie Mays could play a little outfield. I mean, duh.

But what makes Yo-Yo Ma Yo-Yo Ma goes beyond his musicianship. It is his humanity. He gives and gives and gives. Ma and David Robertson shared a flight to St. Louis on Friday, and the two agreed that with the sudden loss of contrabassoonist Drew Thompson last week, something more needed to be done for the Red Velvet Ball concert. So Faure’s Elegie for Cello was added to the program. It became one of the most memorable moments of the evening.

Yo-Yo Ma exhorts the Youth Orchestra musicians.
Yo-Yo Ma exhorts the Youth Orchestra musicians.

Following the Saturday morning rehearsal with the St. Louis Symphony, Ma spent close to an hour talking with St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra musicians. His message: Get out there and play for people. Whatever or wherever the audience might be. No matter how large or how small. You are musicians. Share your music.