What Was Yo-Yo Ma Doing at a Boston K-8 School?


What was famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma doing at a Roxbury K-8 school on Thursday? Glad you asked. Mr. Ma showed up to Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School along with former New York City Ballet principal dancer Damian Woetzel to perform and meet with students as part of President Obama’s Turnaround Arts initiative. Orchard Gardens is one of 12 designated “Turnaround Schools” in the state, and as part of the arts initiative, Ma and Woetzel have become the school’s “resident artists.” That seems like a pretty sweet opportunity for a school that was one of the worst performing in the state when it got taken over a couple years ago. Boston.com has video of Ma playing with students: