World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma surprised people at a vaccination site in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in the US with an impromptu live concert after he received the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Videos shared by the Berkshire Community College show 65-year-old Ma sat with his cello against the wall, socially distanced from others and performing songs such as Bach’s Prelude in G Major and “Ave Maria” for people who were waiting for their vaccine shots or under observation after receiving the dose on Saturday Mar. 13.
Ma had “wanted to give something back,” a member of the Berkshire Covid-19 Vaccine Collaborative told local paper the Berkshire Eagle.
Staff said Ma had received his first shot quietly but brought his cello when he returned for the second shot, according to the Guardian.
During the 15 minute observation period after receiving the jab, Ma pulled up a seat and began to play. “It was so weird how peaceful the whole building became, just having a little bit of music in the background,” the lead clinical manager for the vaccination site told the Washington Post.
His performance comes exactly one year after Ma shared a video of himself playing “Going Home” by Antonin Dvorak, days after the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In these days of anxiety, I wanted to find a way to continue to share some of the music that gives me comfort,” Ma tweeted at the time.