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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is welcoming a musical master this coming Monday March 19. Celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma will visit the Cambridge campus to give a lecture dubbed "Yo-Yo Ma: Culture, Understanding and Survival." The musician will be sitting down with MIT President L. Rafael Reif and, among the topics he plans to cover, will discuss how music can be instrumental in cross-cultural understanding and social good. The event, which is part of the university's Karl Taylor Compton Lecture Series, will start at 4 p.m. at the Kresge Auditorium, and members of the MIT community are welcome to attend with registration.

The Karl Taylor Compton Lecture Series was established in 1957 to honor the late Karl Taylor Compton, who served as president of MIT from 1930 to 1948 and as chair of the MIT Corporation from 1948 to 1954. The lecture series is intended to give the MIT community direct contact with the important ideas of our times and with people who have contributed much to modern thought.

Born in Paris in 1955 Yo-Yo Ma studied at the Julliard School and later at Harvard University, from which he graduated in 1976. He is perhaps the most celebrated cellist of his generation. Aprolific performer and teacher, Mr. Ma has recorded more than 100 albums, given thousands of live performances and master classes, and served as artistic advisor or consultant to organizations such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Carnegie Hall.

All members of the MIT community are invited to attend Compton lectures.