Capping off a celebratory 60th birthday week, superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma appeared on the Oct. 11 episode of the long-running animated series “The Simpsons.”
Ma, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant, played himself and also performed “The Simpsons” theme song over the end credits. Titled “Puffless,” the episode features the Bouvier sisters, Patty and Selma, Marge Simpson’s chain-smoking siblings, and centers on a birthday party for their mother, Jacqueline — the longtime object of affection for weaselly corporate tycoon Mr. Burns.
To win Jacqueline’s heart, Mr. Burns hires the cellist to serenade the matriarch at her party, announcing. “I brought you an old-fashioned music player — Yo-Yo Ma!”
Homer, who didn’t want to attend the festivities in the first place, complains that “no one told us there would be music.” Ma responds, “There’s always room for cello!” and breaks into Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, one of his signature works. It marked Ma’s second cameo on the series, after the 2000 episode “Missionary: Impossible.”
Earlier last week, Ma, who turned 60 on Oct. 7, received a special birthday salute on “Late Night With Stephen Colbert,” performing Saint-Saëns’ The Swan and two other works. If you missed that episode, watch it here. To view “Puffless” on fox.com, click here.