On Tuesday, Yo Yo Ma’s cello will punctuate that sentiment in the moment just before Barack Obama takes the oath of office. Presidents have chosen poets, sopranos, and even choirs to perform at past inaugurations. But never before has one picked a classical quartet during such a critical moment in the ceremony.
Along with Ma, violinist Itzhak Perlman, clarinetist Anthony McGill, and pianist Gabriella Montero will introduce their ode to Mr. Obama, a piece created by famed “Star Wars” composer John Williams.
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