A guiding principle for master cellist Yo-Yo Ma is that “the intersection(交汇) of cultures is where new things appear.” Certainly his biography is an intersection of cultures. He was born to Chinese parents in Paris, France; both his parents were musicians. When he was seven, his family moved to the United States. Gifted for his age, Ma attended Juilliard, the world famous music institute. He then chose to earn a liberal arts degree at Harvard rather than focusing only on music.
Even in his earliest performing years, Yo-Yo Ma had a strong belief that it was important to share music with all kinds of people. Stories are told about how he once performed in the hallway of a large building for people who were unable to get tickets to his concert. He remained interested in making music accessible to diverse aud iences and furthered his interest in different cultures when he visited the Bushmen of the Kalahari. He developed a vehicle to further these ideals when he founded the Silk Road Project.
As he has said, the Silk Road is a metaphor(隐喻) for a number of things: as t he Internet of ancient times, the routes were used for trade, by religious people, adventurers, scientists, storytellers. Everything from algebra to Islam moved along the Silk Road. It’s the local-global thing. In the cultural world, you want to make sure that voices don’t get lost, that rich traditions continue to live, without becoming common.
This lesson explores the philosophy behind Yo-Yo Ma’s founding of the Silk Road Ensemble(乐团), his belief that the arts, and particularly music, can make the world better, and that through cooperation, one can both preserve tradition and shape cultural evolut ion. Students also explore their own attitudes toward the arts, writing reflective essays on how the arts have played a role in their own lives.
28.What do we learn about Yo-Yo Ma according to Paragraph 1?
A. He studied music in France B. He started his career in Harvard
C. He showed great musical talent D. He earned a liberal arts degree in Julliard
29.Which of the following can best replace the word “vehicle” in Paragraph 2?
A. Car B. Medium C. Skill D. Project
30.What does Yo-Yo Ma think of the Silk Road?
A. The route is key to musical development
B. It has significant influence on the world
C. It simply helps with the spread of religions
D. Traditions are passed on through the route
31.Why did Yo-Yo Ma found the Silk Road Ensemble?
A. To foster cooperation in business
B. To record the voices along the route
C. To explore people’s attitude toward the arts
D. To share music and promote cultural development
参考答案： 28-31 CBBD