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LESSONS FROM THE MASTER

Yo-Yo Ma, whose multinational Silk Road Ensemble just released a new album, has sound advice for politicians, parents, and jittery performers.

On Donald Trump and cross-cultural collaboration

“It's about building bridges and not walls. Mexico is a huge country, and to demonize a whole population is not a good conversation to start. It’s so easy to render judgment—especially on something you don’t know much about. There are no simple solutions. As a musician, traveling all around, you’re always

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