With powerful words, performing music by Bach, renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma reminds us of music's unique power to connect and unite everyone. At the border between sister cities Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, he quotes from the poem by Emma Lazarus on the base of the Statue of Liberty: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free...". Like the Statue of Liberty, Yo-Yo Ma and his music exhort us to remember that "in culture we build bridges, not walls."


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  • Rob Munoz

    What beautiful music. Inspirational words.

  • Mick O'Toole

    What a beautiful soul. This really lifted my spirits. Thank you dear Yo-Yo. Viva la conexión, la compasión y el Amor! ♥.

  • Jodi

    His words and music were so inspiring. How beautiful to let go of fear and remember we are not separated by a wall or some imaginary line. We are all connected and can help and learn from each other.

  • Dorothy

    The extreme kindness. We all need so much hope during these times. Thank you so much.

  • Cindy

    Beautiful music, beautiful message, beautiful human.

  • Jane Jackson

    This video helps me to breathe free and to be hopeful. Thank you.

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