Yo-Yo Ma turns MA vaccination site into concert hall
World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma received his second injection of COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday – and turned the Massachusetts vaccination site into a concert hall.
Instead of sitting quietly during the 15-minute monitoring period after the jab, Ma performed a brief gig as he waited at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield.
The playlist included “Ave Maria” by Franz Schubert, according to an Instagram post from school.
“Today at the #MyBCC vaccination clinic, people who waited 15 minutes for observation were honored with the musical talents of the one and only Yo-Yo Ma,” the caption says.
The 65-year-old musician can be seen in videos sitting in the waiting room – masked and socially distanced – gracefully playing his cello while his audience is awestruck.
At the end of her performance, the onlookers applaud, and Ma, who thanks them by waving to them, shows videos.
ABC News reported a nurse who shot Ma asked him if he could stay and play the cello to them during the 15 minutes of observation.
Ma, a part-time resident of Berkshires, was delighted to give back to the community, Richard Hall of Berkshire COVID-19 Collaborative Vaccine said to the berkshire eagle.
Hall added, “What a way to end the clinic.”