Yo-Yo Ma Plays Cello at 'Day of Action' on Texas Border: 'In Culture, We Build Bridges, Not Walls'

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Yo-Yo Ma performs during The Bach Project free concert at Monumento a  La Revolución on March 26, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico.  

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 NPRperforming 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.