Like many children in the 1980s, the characters on Sesame Street felt almost like family. And in 1989, four days after my ninth birthday, I plopped down to watch as usual. The episode had something to do with a turtle being afraid of Barkley, the giant dog that chased the kids around in the opening credits.
But that's not what I remember--about halfway through, Big Bird presented a young cellist named Yo Yo Ma to play a Bach suite with two honkers and a dinger. It was love at first sight. I sat mesmerized through the piece and ever since have been something of a Yo Yo Ma groupie--once flying to New York on a barista paycheck just to see him play at Carnegie Hall.
Anywho, all that to say, I fell in love all over again today. In case you missed it in the Obama ecstasy, here it is again. Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Gabriela Montero and Anthony McGill playing "Air and Simple Gifts" arranged by John Williams (because who else?)
Relive the Sesame Street performance after the jump: