Yo-Yo Ma Plays Cello at 'Day of Action' on Texas Border: 'In Culture, We Build Bridges, Not Walls'
Legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma made a statement about unity on Saturday (April 13) when he brought his two-year "Bach Project" to the U.S.-Mexico border for a performance. Ma played sets in both Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, as part of a "Day of Action" in both communities, according to NPR, performing Johann Sebastian Bach's Suite No. 1 for Unaccompanied Cello in a park near the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge, a crossing that connects the U.S. and Mexcian cities.
Ma has been performing Bach's six suites for solo cello in locations around the world as a means of using the composer's music to explore connections between cultures. "As you all know, as you did and do and will do, in culture, we build bridges, not walls," Ma said, according to NPR. "I've lived my life at the borders. Between cultures. Between disciplines. Between musics. Between generations."
The day of action also had Ma performing in Plaza Jaurez in Neuvo Laredo, just blocks from the international border crossing. Check out footage of Ma's performance below.
Yo-Yo Ma, world renowned cellist, just started playing Bach in Laredo, under the international bridge to Mexico.— Silvia Foster-Frau (@SilviaElenaFF) April 13, 2019
His next stop: Nuevo Laredo.@ExpressNews article coming soon. pic.twitter.com/s5knvoTO1s
Today at the scary, scary border Laredoans spent a beautiful morning with Yo-Yo Ma. Across the river is Mexico, where another performance is being held for the residents of Nuevo Laredo. This is life on the border, please don’t believe otherwise. pic.twitter.com/joGqJhN6VW— mazapam -- (@pamelurz) April 13, 2019