On Nov. 17 President Barack Obama named fifteen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  One of the recipients was cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The Medal of Freedom is the Nation's highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.  The other Medal of Freedom recipients are: President George H. W. Bush, Chancellor Angela Merkel, Congressman John Lewis, John H. Adams, Maya Angelou, Warren Buffett, Jasper Johns, Gerda Weissmann Klein, Dr. Tom Little (Posthumous), Sylvia Mendez, Stan Musial, Bill Russell, Jean Kennedy Smith and John J. Sweeney. The awards will be presented at a White House ceremony early in 2011.

 On Nov. 17 President Barack Obama named fifteen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. One of the recipients was cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The Medal of Freedom is the Nation's highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. The other Medal of Freedom recipients are: President George H. W. Bush, Chancellor Angela Merkel, Congressman John Lewis, John H. Adams, Maya Angelou, Warren Buffett, Jasper Johns, Gerda Weissmann Klein, Dr. Tom Little (Posthumous), Sylvia Mendez, Stan Musial, Bill Russell, Jean Kennedy Smith and John J. Sweeney. The awards will be presented at a White House ceremony early in 2011.

Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo_MaYo-Yo Ma is considered the world's greatest living cellist, recognized as a prodigy since the age of five whose celebrity transcends the world of classical music. Born in Paris, Ma was a child prodigy who went on to study with Leonard Rose in New York. He made his Carnegie Hall debut at age nine. He was the recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize in 1978, and, in 1991, Harvard awarded him an honorary doctorate in music.  He serves as Artistic Director of the Silk Road Project, and has won sixteen Grammy awards. He is known especially for his interpretations of Bach and Beethoven, and for his ability to play many different styles of music, including tango and bluegrass.  He serves on the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

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