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Thursday evening cello icon Yo-Yo Ma, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant, treated a rapt Chicago audience to Johann Sebastian Bach’s six Cello Suites, then surprised the giant Pritzker Pavilion crowd — which the city estimated at 20,000 — with Survivor’s rock anthem “Eye of the Tiger” as an encore. Ma traded cello riffs with Survivor founder and guitarist Jim Peterik, plus a powerful cadre of music students from the Chicago Public Schools system. Here’s how the late-night jam went down:

(With apologies to Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan, the song’s authors)

Yo-Yo Ma, nimble and fleet
Took his time, took his chances
Went the distance, played six Bach Cello Suites
Just a Strad and Ma’s will to survive

So many notes, they happened so fast
Ma showed such passion this Thursday
He kept his bow on Bach’s tunes from the past
Yo-Yo fights just to keep them alive

Then came “Eye of the Tiger,” it’s the thrill of surprise
Risin’ up to the challenge of Ma’s cello
When some young seventh graders took the stage late at night
Yo-Yo jammed with them all, playing “Eye of the Tiger”

Face to face, Ma and the crowd
Hangin’ out at the bandshell
Folks filled the park ‘till they spilled in the street
For the thrill to hear Bach come alive

Then sing “Eye of the Tiger” at the end of the night
Give it up for Ma’s challenge of an encore
At the Prtizker Pavilion bathed in skyscraper light
As we watched him with awe rip through “Eye of the Tiger”

Yo — Yo-Yo Ma! J.S. Bach! Cello Suites!
The Eye of the Tiger!

Andrew Huckman is a Chicago-based lawyer and writer.