By Vritti Rashi Goel

15th March 2021 / 6:50 a.m.
/ CBS News

The world-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma gave an impromptu concert in the waiting area of ​​a vaccination center in Massachusetts after receiving his second dose of COVID-19. During the usual 15-minute observation period that follows each dose, Ma Franz Schubert played “Ave Maria “and the prelude to Bach’s” Cello Suite No. 1 “on his cello, which he had brought with him

Today at the # MyBCC Vaccination Clinic, the people waiting in the observation area were greeted by the musical talents of the amazing cellist Yo-Yo Ma! 😍😍😍

The 18-time Grammy Award winner brought his instrument to the vaccination center on the campus of Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Mass. According to Jonah Sykes, assistant director of marketing and communications at the college, “he asked one of our clinic managers if he would Can perform a few songs for people in the observation area “

After receiving his second dose, the masked and socially distant Ma stood up against the back wall and spent the next 15 minutes – the necessary waiting time for side effects of the vaccine – serenading the people waiting with him

“Many people were moved to tears,” said Sykes. “It was an extraordinary moment at the end of a long day of shooting”

Ma, 65, received his vaccine through the Berkshire COVID-19 Vaccine Collaborative, a partnership between various health departments in the county where Ma lives part-time and which sells the COVID-19 vaccine through clinics Home to clinics that offer all three FDA-approved vaccines: the two-shot vaccines Moderna and Pfizer, and the one-shot vaccine Johnson & Johnson, according to Sykes, the site has more than 17000 shots fired at people in the county

He got his one year anniversary vaccination when he started #SongsOfComfort on Twitter, a series of live recordings of him playing his cello in hopes of bringing comfort to those suddenly forced to leave home to stay

In those days of fear I wanted to find a way to continue sharing some of the music that gives me comfort. The first of my #SongsOfComfort: Dvořák – “Going Home”

Soon other musicians added to the hashtag and turned it into a worldwide project Ma even released an album inspired by the “Songs of Comfort and Hope” project in December with British pianist Kathryn Stott

Ma has been performing since coronavirus pandemic orders were placed at home in March 2020.In August, he and classical pianist Emmanuel Ax hosted a series of pop-up concerts for key frontline workers – public transport drivers, Firefighters, healthcare providers, and more in the Berkshires


First published on 14 March 2021 / 9:29 a.m.

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