Cold play – cellist performs the sound of ice
31 January 2018 | 2:55 pm
A world-famous Italian cellist mesmerized an audience in the northern Italian city of Trento. He performed a concert with a cello crafted from ice by an American sculptor. Take a look - and a listen:
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