Patients seeking vaccines at one site in western Massachusetts were graced with an unexpected concert from a world renowned cellist.
"After Yo-Yo Ma received his second jab of a COVID-19 vaccine at Berkshire Community College Saturday, he transformed his 15-minute observation period into a concert for the newly inoculated," the Berkshire Eagle reported Saturday.
"The world-famous cellist and part-time Berkshires resident completed his vaccination course at the field house clinic, and he "wanted to give something back," Richard Hall of the Berkshire COVID-19 Vaccine Collaborative told The Eagle. Yo-Yo Ma took a seat along the wall of the observation area, masked and socially distanced away from the others. He went on to pass 15 minutes in observation playing cello for an applauding audience, in what Hall called a "very special" concert that capped the day's vaccination event," the newspaper reported.
"In a poetic bit of circumstance, Yo-Yo Ma's second coronavirus shot and subsequent concert comes exactly one year after he posted his first recording of himself playing his instrument using the hashtag #SongsOfComfort. Amid the fear and uncertainty that marked the early days of the pandemic, the world-renowned musician started to share the recordings in hope they'd bring solace and connection to a frightened nation," the newspaper noted.