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FILE - In this March 19, 2012 file photo, world-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma plays in the rotunda of the State of Illinois building, the James R. Thompson Center, in Chicago. Ma will receive the first Fred Rogers Legacy Award, which is named for the creator and late host of the public television show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Ma was a guest on the show and became friends with Rogers. Ma will give a recital after accepting the award May 23 at a ceremony in the St. Vincent Basilica. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (left) and former President Bill Clinton (right) pose with 2011 Kennedy Center Honorees (front row from left) Sonny Rollins, Barbara Cook, (back row from second from left) Yo-Yo Ma, Meryl Streep and Neil Diamond at the State Department following a dinner and reception on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Cellist Yo-Yo Ma (right) appears with violinist Itzhak Perlman at the Capitol during President Obama's inauguration in January 2009. Because of freezing outdoor temperatures, television viewers heard prerecorded music from Mr. Ma's string quartet.

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President Barack Obama awards cellist Yo-Yo Ma the 2010 Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)