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Yo-Yo Ma meets with elementary school students for inspiring rendition of Mary Had a Little Lamb / Calgary Herald

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Only hours before his sold-out performance in Calgary Thursday, world famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma made time to meet with dozens of students at Keeler Elementary School in the heart of Forest Lawn. As part of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra's PhilKids program, designed to promote music education in under-served communities, students in grades 1 to 5 treated Ma to an inspiring rendition of Mary Had a Little Lamb at the private event in the school's music room. "It's always wonderful to walk into a room where you see children are engaged and curious," said Ma, a child prodigy who began performing at the age of 4½. "I can see the long-term effects of what the teachers, staff, and musicians have created. They have created a space for these students where their imagination and curiosity for the world is supported and encouraged."

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