Yo-Yo Ma received National Medal of Arts

Yo-Yo Ma is one of the honorees of the 2001 National Medal of Arts presented by President Bush at a ceremony in Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. on April 22. First Lady Laura Bush joined the President at the ceremony. The National Medal of Arts, established by Congress in 1984, honors individuals and organizations who, in the President's judgment, are deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in the United States. Yo-Yo Ma's citation reads: "Yo-Yo Ma for his incredible musical talent and artistic excellence, his innate ability to communicate through the universal language of music, and his devotion to making music and creativity come alive for children." The ceremony was closed with a performance by Yo-Yo Ma, accompanied on piano by Condoleezza Rice. They played the Adagio movement from Brahms' Sonata for Violin and Piano in D minor, Op. 108, and played it as a prayer for peace.

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