Yo-Yo Ma played a concert behind a Texas border crossing.
The world renowned cellist played Bach to a large crowd. He says his goal for playing there was to highlight cultural links between the U.S. and Mexico.
“As you all know, as you did and do and will do, in culture, we build bridges, not walls,” he stated to NPR. “I’ve lived my life at the borders. Between cultures. Between disciplines. Between musics. Between generations.”
Ma was supposed to play the concert on a bridge linking the two countries, but the U.S. Customs and Border Protection did not authorize the event.
“For the inner freedom that you feel — that one freedom that keep you so strong, that make culture stronger than politics, that makes stronger than anything else, because that is the thing that keeps all of you together and resilient,” he stated at the event.