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Yo-Yo Ma's free 'Place des Arts Metro' concert makes the top 5 most watched CBC Montreal videos of the year

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World-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma gave Montrealers a special treat on Saturday afternoon December 8 at Place des Arts Metro station. The 63-year-old cellist's concert is part of what his website calls a "day of action" that will explore the topic of culture and its role in humanizing technology. During the performance, Ma spoke to the crowd in French and performed a cello cover of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, inviting the crowd to sing along. "I'm sure you all know this song that, for me, it signifies Montreal," said Ma.

STM Chairman Philippe Schnobb told CBC after the concert that he and his team jumped at the chance to bring the world renowned cellist to the underground audience. "We want to have that kind of spontaneous event in the Metro, bringing people together to hear music," he said. Schnobb said he picked Ma up from his hotel and the two took the Metro together. Ma said he remembered visiting Montreal as a child, coming to Expo 67 with his father.

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