Yo-Yo Ma Performs Outdoors Russian Embassy in Protest

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On Monday afternoon, Yo-Yo Ma introduced his cello to the streets of D.C. and performed by himself exterior the tall fence of the Russian Embassy. Ma was subsequent to a make-shift signal that learn “Zelensky Method,” which pays tribute to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy amidst the continuing warfare.

Washington D.C.’s native information station WUSA9 reported that it was passing bike owner Ryan Stitt who noticed the cellist. Stitt filmed the video beneath and recalled that when acknowledged, Ma mentioned, “Everybody has to do one thing.”



Yo-Yo Ma was already in D.C. for a efficiency at The Kennedy Middle with pianist Emmanuel Ax and violinist Leonidas Kavakos. Offered by the Washington Performing Arts, the all-Beethoven program was preceded by the Ukrainian Nationwide Anthem, which prompted a standing ovation from the viewers. This live performance was adopted by one at New York’s Carnegie Corridor and has three extra stops in Boston, Chicago, and Stony Brook.

The trio additionally simply final week launched their latest album, “Beethoven for Three,” during which they play Beethoven’s second and fifth symphonies organized for threesome.

Ma, Ax, and Kavakos Trio at D.C.’s Kennedy Middle (PC: Amanda Candy)


Though no official written assertion has been made by Ma relating to the Russian assaults on Ukraine, he has made it his profession’s mission to make use of tradition as a technique to carry individuals collectively peacefully. In a bit written by him for Time Journal again in 2020, the cellist writes:

“In 1948, seven years earlier than I used to be born, the United Nations Basic Meeting met for the third time ever. The assembly was in Paris, simply throughout the river from my father’s condo; the reminiscence of the German occupation was nonetheless contemporary. In what will need to have been a second of profound hope for the longer term, the brand new group got here collectively and ratified a Common Declaration of Human Rights, describing the world they wished to construct, outlined by equality, alternative, and security for all.

I will need to have realized in regards to the Declaration in some forgotten classroom, but it surely hit me once more in a flash this summer season because of the composer Max Richter and his collaborator Yulia Mahr, who layered a tapestry of music and pictures over the voice of Eleanor Roosevelt studying the Declaration in a bit known as ‘All Human Beings.’

We might have failed in so some ways to ship on the promise of that doc, however each era has an opportunity — an obligation — to do higher, to think about and create a world that works for all of us.”

Extra lately, Ma additionally went on to retweet the Secretary-Basic of the United Nations, António Guterres


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