A few feet from the Rio Grande, world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma play-act on the two sides of the U.S.-Mexico border on Saturday, thrilling audiences and advocating for harmony in margin cities Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.
Ma has been on a two-year, multi-continent expedition called “The Bach Project, ” in which he’s been acting Johann Sebastian Bach’s six collections for solo cello in various locations throughout the world. The ongoing tour includes 36 stops, and he appeared on Saturday in Laredo and Nuevo Laredo as one of the purposes of an planned “Day of Action” celebrating the two communities, NPR reported .
During the happen, Ma made a few not-so-subtle jabs at President Donald Trump, who very recently threatened to shut down the southern U.S. strip after declaring a national emergency to circumvent Congress and secure funding for his long-promised borderline wall.
“In culture, we build bridges , not walls, ” Ma said before accomplishing beneath the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge that are linked the two countries and suffices as a port of entry for asylum seekers.
“I’ve lived my life at their own borders. Between cultures, between punishes, between musics, between generations, ” he included, following his achievement. “A country is not a inn, and it’s not full.”
A few hours after accomplishing in Laredo, Ma appeared in Nuevo Laredo’s Plaza Juarez for a concert in Mexico, where he addressed the crowd reaped there in Spanish.
Check out more from the day in the video from Texas Public Radio below.