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Yo-Yo Ma Q&A's with Newsday about new doc & album

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Call it a gift - or an affliction - but part of why Yo-Yo Ma is so in demand is that he's so darn likable. The megastar cellist who once made headlines when he forgot his cello in a cab - see, he's human just like us (and, yes, it was returned) - is perhaps the world's most well-known classical musician.

But these days he's not content to knock out one concerto after the next. In 2000, he formed the Silk Road Ensemble, a group of international musicians whose concerts, outsize personalities and outreach to struggling populations are chronicled in a new documentary, "The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble," which opens on Long Island on June 24. Moving, maddening and inspirational, the film follows Ma and other Ensemble members, chronicling their lives, motivation and music made on a variety of odd-shaped instruments. (The group's latest album, "Sing Me Home," is out on Amazon and iTunes.)      READ THE Newsday Q&A