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New San Francisco Center to Share Classical Music With All

Yo-Yo Ma plays his cello to inaugurate the opening of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music's Bowes Center for Performing Arts, Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. The towering campus was among a handful of construction projects that was allowed to continue during the pandemic to house students and provide them classrooms, a recording studio and a radio station under one roof. (AP Photo/Daisy Nguyen)
Yo-Yo Ma plays his cello to inaugurate the opening of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music's Bowes Center for Performing Arts, Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. The towering campus was among a handful of construction projects that was allowed to continue during the pandemic to house students and provide them classrooms, a recording studio and a radio station under one roof. (AP Photo/Daisy Nguyen)
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San Francisco (AP) -- Yo-Yo Ma spent the better part of the pandemic playing cello to an online audience seeking solace in his music.

On Friday, he marked his return to San Francisco by playing an energetic Bach cello suite before a live audience to inaugurate the opening of a new performance center designed to increase public access to classical and jazz music.