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Yo-Yo Ma takes part in John F. Kennedy Centennial Celebration

May 19, 2017


I am an immigrant; one whose first experience of the United States came during John F. Kennedy’s presidency. Many of the ideals his administration represented — championing the arts and sciences, empowering youth through education and service — became mine at that time, and I hold them still.

Yo-Yo Ma

Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor at Large Yo-Yo Ma joins the conductor Joshua Weilerstein and the National Symphony Orchestra on May 24 for the John F. Kennedy Centennial Celebration Concert.

The Kennedy Center performance spotlights Mr. Ma in John Williams’s Cello Concerto. Also on the all-American program is a new work by Kennedy Center composer-in-residence Mason Bates, plus music by Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, and William Grant Still.

The evening of music honors the legacy of John F. Kennedy, and is a part of the Kennedy Center’s year-long celebration of JFK’s legacy and dedication to support of the arts in the United States.

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