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Yo-Yo Ma's 'Bach Project' visits DC's Anacostia High School / The Washington Informer

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As part of his "Bach Project," internationally renowned cellist;  Yo-Yo Ma returns a greeting from Turner Elementary School students by stretching out on the steps at Anacostia High School during a special visit on Nov. 30. Ma spent the day performing live at WeAct Radio, co-hosting an assembly at Anacostia High School and participating in an artist talk at The Anacostia Arts Center - all in conjunction with the Kennedy Center's Arts Across America project.

The Bach Project aims to have Ma perform the famed composer's six cello suites in locations around the world, tied to community action events. The daylong series of activities throughout D.C. also featured singer, bassist and composer Esperanza Spalding, who joined Yo-Yo Ma and an entourage of Kennedy Center staffers at the various locations. D.C. was fifth stop so far for the project, which began in August in Denver. Prior to Ma's performance at WeAct Radio, station founder Kymone Freeman asked the cellist what brought him to the Anacostia neighborhood. "What brings me here today is what I hear about Anacostia," Ma said. "I don't know about Anacostia being poor or rich. I feel that there is an energy in this community and voices that need to be heard, that are beautiful voices, energetic voices, [and] talented voices. What's amazing is everywhere I go I find people working in culture, in music, in spirituality, in the dramatic arts, and painting and words. For what purpose? To actually strengthen their communities."    PHOTO: (Shevry Lassiter/The Washington Informer) 

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