Yo-Yo Ma Performs Private Show at Corona Hospital for Adult Children in Perris Torture Case

For years, police say David and Louise Turpin’s children were tortured and deprived of basic necessities. But recently, some of them got to experience something few people have: a private concert from a world-famous cellist.

Yo-Yo Ma visited the seven adult Turpin children in a California hospital on Friday for an impromptu performance, Corona Regional Medical Center CEO Mark Uffer said.

Musician Yo-Yo Ma performs during "Healing Our City: An Interfaith Service" dedicated to those who were gravely wounded or killed in the Boston Marathon bombing, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, Mass., on April 18, 2013. (Credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Musician Yo-Yo Ma performs during “Healing Our City: An Interfaith Service” dedicated to those who were gravely wounded or killed in the Boston Marathon bombing, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, Mass., on April 18, 2013. (Credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

The adult siblings are¬†turning to music therapy¬†to help them heal. Ma was in Corona for another event and “heard about their interest in music,” Uffer said.

The performance lasted 30 minutes, long enough to make an impression on them, he said.

“They were just amazed, awestruck by the level of talent. They really enjoyed it.”

Ma did not respond to a request for comment. His website and social media platforms make no mention of the visit.

Authorities say the 13 Turpin children, ages two to 29, lived for years in squalor, shackled with padlocks and hungry while their parents taunted them with pies left on the counter of their California home. David and Louise Turpin were arrested in January and charged with multiple counts of torture and false imprisonment.

This photo was posted to a Facebook page for "David-Louise Turpin" on July 24, 2016.

This photo was posted to a Facebook page for “David-Louise Turpin” on July 24, 2016.

The seven adult siblings have been recovering at Corona since they were taken from their parents’ home in January. The six minor children were taken to a separate hospital.

The five women and two men are making steady progress, said their attorney Caleb Mason. He confirmed the concert took place.

David and Louise Turpin sit during a court appearance in Riverside on Feb. 23, 2018. (Credit: pool)

David and Louise Turpin sit during a court appearance in Riverside on Feb. 23, 2018. (Credit: pool)

“For the first time in their lives, they have choices that they can make, from the mundane, like what to eat, what to wear or whether they should kick the soccer ball around. They are getting into all sorts of activities like that,” Mason said. “It’s just great to see them enjoying the freedom to make choices.”

They’ve been learning to play the guitar and singing Tom Petty’s “Learning to Fly” and John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” as a form of musical therapy, Uffer said.

“All of their health issues have improved since they came here,” he said. “They are in a better place now.”