FEATURED ARTIST: Rick Simpson FEATURED ARTIST: Rick Simpson FEATURED ARTIST: Rick Simpson FEATURED ARTIST: Rick Simpson

September 23, 2017

On Deck with Tommy Cohen



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The Metropolitan Youth Symphony has provided 17-year old cellist Tommy Cohen with seven years of wonderful experiences, but two specific events rank as his most memorable: one was a trip to China, and the other was an interaction with Yo-Yo Ma that led to the famous cellist actually playing Tommy’s cello.  In this episode of “On Deck” you can hear the full story, and hear Tommy talk about his love of music and why playing in an orchestra is so invaluable to him.

The photos below document the moment when Yo-Yo Ma, before his recital at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, observed -and then joined!- the MYSfits‘ performance in the lobby.

Yo-Yo Ma looks over Tommy’s shoulder as he performs with the MYSfits in the lobby at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Tommy Cohen watches while renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma plays Tommy’s cello

In this video, Yo-Yo Ma play Tommy’s cello with the MYSfits:

After the MYSfits‘ performance in the lobby, Yo-Yo Ma invited the student musicians to sit on stage with him during his sold-out recital: