Air and Simple Gifts, John Williams
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Classical music against the odds
2. Air and Simple Gifts, John Williams
This beautiful piece was performed by violinist Itzhak Perlman, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Gabriela Montero and clarinetist Anthony McGill at the inauguration of President Obama. Performing sitting down is not unusual, but Perlman has a personal reason for remaining seated – he contracted polio at the age of four, damaging his legs.