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Pianos

Johnny Costa provided the piano music for Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. He was the music director until his death in 1996. He and Fred were great friends and bonded over their music practice.

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Mister Rogers Visits with Yo-Yo Ma
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Mister Rogers Visits with Yo-Yo Ma

In this segment, Ma explains how he was introduced to music through his sister, a violinist. He was discouraged that he could not play as well as her, but he soon discovered the cello. Mister Rogers asks him if his mood influences the way he plays.

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Mister Rogers Visits with Wynton Marsalis
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Mister Rogers Visits with Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis is just as excited to meet Mister Rogers as Fred is to hear his music. Marsalis is a young musician who has already achieved fame. Mister Rogers asks Marsalis for advice for young children who want to learn to play the trumpet.

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