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Squirrel Hill student Jason Yoder to perform at White House

| Monday, Nov. 2, 2009

Jason Yoder, a junior at the Pittsburgh's High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, on Wednesday will claim a big bragging point for many musicians.

He will perform at the White House.

Yoder, a percussionist from Squirrel Hill, will be on the bill with rising cello star Alisa Weilerstein in one of first lady Michelle Obama's arts afternoons for students.

He will be repeating the performance that drew the first lady's attention during the G-20 economic summit in September. In that concert at the high school Downtown, he played Camille Saint Saens "The Swan" with cello great Yo-Yo Ma.

Yoder, son of Esther and Vern Yoder, will perform the same work with Weilerstein, 27, a Cleveland-born cellist who is on a busy schedule performing all over the world.

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