Chapter Twelve. Beautiful Mistakes


It was a frigid winter night when Yo-Yo Ma almost dropped his 2.5-million-dollar instrument on the floor.

The sold-out theater was buzzing with excitement. A single wooden chair sat in the center of the stage. The audience hushed and then broke into applause as Yo-Yo Ma appeared. The concert began, and in the middle of a difficult song, Ma’s cello suddenly slipped, and then again. On the third slip, it really started to fall. Abruptly, Ma stopped and reached out to catch his 1773 Stradivarius before it hit the floor. The audience gasped. Everyone held their breath. Ma gave a sigh of relief and gracefully pulled ...

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