Performance at the inauguration
I have always been an admirer of Mr. Ma's work. The music he -- and all other skilled musicians -- create is truly one of the wonders of the world.
That's why I am so sorely disappointed about what happened at the inauguration.
I was watching the program on television and I was entranced by the beautiful performance. But then I found out I had not been listening to a genuine performance.
I am not satisfied with the explanations that have been given. There is never any reason to deceive the public in this manner. If the weather is not suitable for live music, then no one should be pretending to play live music. That is integrity.
"Sorry, I wish I could play live, but it is too cold. Now we will listen to a recording I made yesterday." That is what should have been done. No musician should ever be miming to a recording, no matter the circumstances.
I am very disappointed and I hope to convey that disappointment to Mr. Ma.