Yo-Yo Ma’s concert at the border was a beautiful prayer amid an ugly conflict

“I’ve lived my life at the borders, between cultures, between disciplines, between musics, between generations. I feel like I need to make a statement today about three little things: The first thing is, a country is not a hotel, and it’s not full,” Ma said, drawing enthusiastic applause. “The second statement I’d like to make is that in culture, we seek truth and understanding. And the last statement I’d like to make is that in culture we build bridges, not walls.”

Crowds gather for Ma’s performance of a Bach cello suite. (Daniel Becerril/Reuters)