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Award-winning actress Meryl Streep recited poetry to an audience in China while Yo-Yo Ma played the cello – and it's everything we need to get us through the week. The Hollywood icon gave the reading in China – and it was accompanied by a stunning sonata performed by the virtuoso cellist. We don't deserve these two.

The powerful performance took place back in 2011 and is currently doing the rounds again online (we love the Internet). It was part of the US-China Forum on the Arts and Culture that took 16 American stars to China to participate in four days of cultural exchange.

Streep mesmerised the audience with her dulcet tones and two moving readings, which included Martha Graham's poem, A Letter to Agnes De Mille. The other reading was of Luzhai, written by Chinese poet, musician, painter and politician Wang Wei, who lived during the Tang dynasty and was one of the most influential men of his time.

Directed by Damian Woetzel, the performance was arranged by the Asia Society's Centre on US-China Relations and The Aspen Institute.

WATCH THE VIDEO via CLASSIC fM