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This Sunday at 2 p.m., cellist Yo-Yo Ma will perform live on the radio, a special broadcast for Memorial Day weekend. Yo-Yo Ma proposed this special performance both in memory of those we have lost during the coronavirus pandemic, and as a tribute to those who are on the front lines.

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On the U.S. southern border where political tensions fuel the discussion on immigration, world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma took his music to one South Texas city to celebrate the cultural connections between the two nations.

Then, Rita Moreno has held a strong presence on stage and on screen in her career that spans over several decades, and she has no intention of slowing down.

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On Friday, April 12, famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma performed all six of Johann Sebastian Bach's suites for unaccompanied cello at a concert sponsored by Arts San Antonio. The following day, Ma traveled to Laredo and Nuevo Laredo to give a free performance for audiences on both sides of the border, as part of what he called a "day of action." You can see video from that performance at the bottom of this post. Ma also took some time to talk to Texas Public Radio's Norma Martinez (a cellist herself) about Bach's music. Audio and a transcript is below. 

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World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma brought his Bach Project to the sister cities of Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, on Saturday. Laredo’s “Day of Action” featured performances in both cities to celebrate the relationship between the two communities.

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Yo-Yo Ma opened his recent Tiny Desk concert with the gently rolling "Prelude" from J. S. Bach's Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1. It's music Ma has lived with nearly all of his life.

"Believe it or not, this was the very first piece of music I started on the cello when I was four years old," he told the crowd, tightly squeezed between the office furniture on NPR's fourth floor.

Since it was founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma 16 years ago, the Silk Road Ensemble — an artistic collective comprised of master musicians and other artists from more than 20 countries, spanning the globe — has become an incubator for inspiring cross-cultural collaborations.

When it comes to artistic partnerships, there's a lot to be said for the fireworks of musicians joining together for the first time. But there's another kind of collaboration that can yield profound pleasure: a recording with two artists who know each other deeply, in a relationship that has unfolded over years or even decades.