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Cellist Yo-Yo Ma to get first Fred Rogers award

LATROBE, Pennsylvania -- Cellist Yo-Yo Ma will receive the first Fred Rogers Legacy Award, which is named for the creator and late host of the television show “Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.”

Ma became friends with Rogers after twice being a guest on Rogers' Public Broadcasting Service show, and Rogers' widow, Joanne, a concert pianist, chose Ma for the inaugural award.

The award will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media. It was established after beloved children's show host Rogers died of stomach cancer in 2003 at age 74.

Ma, a 15-time Grammy winner and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, will give a recital after accepting the award May 23.

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