Undoubtably the most famed cellist in the world, Yo-Yo Ma’s list of accomplishments defies summary. When the string virtuoso visited Aggieland, he brought Grammy-winning pianist Emanuel Ax with him, eliciting much excitement for a relatively quiet night of classical music.
“As usual, we asked them to join our donors for a reception onstage after the show,” Black said. “Their manager made clear that they couldn’t stay for more than 10 minutes because they had to leave and catch an early flight. When our program coordinator went to get them for the reception, they were nowhere to be found, and we all panicked, thinking they were gone. Well, it turned out they were already onstage. The two ended up spending 40 minutes taking pictures and signing autographs. They were maybe the most gracious performers we ever had.”
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