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Yo-Yo Ma set for SSO Esplanade concert / The Straits Times

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Imagine the world's best-known cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, sitting in his car fiddling with the radio controls. "I would go through many, many stations just because I'm curious to see what people are listening to. My guilty pleasure is to just let people roll," he says in a phone call from the United States. Ma, who turned 61 last month, is interested in all kinds of music. Jazz, bluegrass, rock or Western classical compositions - all are part of a continuum he expresses with colleagues in the 16-year-old Silk Road Ensemble. The result has been well-received and eclectic programmes such as this week's concerts at the Esplanade Concert Hall with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. I've always asked myself, 'I love music, but what is it for?' We're not doing it because it pleases me, though that's part of it. Music heals people and it brings people to a biological state of equilibrium that allows people to function.

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