Yo-Yo Ma to Perform at World War I 100th Anniversary Event

2018-10-31

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  • French officials say famed musician Yo-Yo Ma will perform at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris in a World War I anniversary event.
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  • The war ended 100 years ago on November 11, 1918. More than 16 million people were killed, 9 million of them soldiers.
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  • The fighting lasted almost four years, four months. At the time of the fighting, World War I was often spoken of as "the war to end all wars." Now, it is often called "The Great War."
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  • Joseph Zimet is director of France's First World War Centenary Mission. He says Ma will lead a field of "great international artists" during the November 11 ceremony close to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
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  • The Chinese-American artist Ma, who received the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom back in 2010, was born in Paris in 1955.
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  • A group of young musicians, called The European Union Youth Orchestra, has also been invited to perform. They will play Ravel's "Bolero" at the event.
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  • Beninese artist Angelique Kidjo is to sing in honor of the colonial troops who fought for France during the war.
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  • I'm ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Dorothy Gundy.
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  • VOA News reported this story. Caty Weaver adapted it for Learning English. Kelly Jean Kelly was the editor.
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  • centenary - adj. the 100th anniversary of something
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  • mission - n. a project or operation