“Music is about empathy,” responded Yo-Yo — putting down his cello from an impromptu performance of “Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen,” the iconic American spiritual. “In the last years, we’ve all seen trouble. Through music — using our heads, our hearts, and our hands — we can express the sentiment of reaching out and understanding. This is the essence of being human, which music so powerfully expresses.”
Part of graduation week for OAcademy’s 2022 Cohort of musicians — having connected with and been inspired by Yo-Yo Ma at different points during their 6-month journey — the conversation offered a chance for participants to reflect with Ma on the next steps in their career goals, beyond the OAcademy classroom.