Yo-Yo Ma turns MA vaccination site into concert hall

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World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma got his second shot of the COVID-19 vaccine Saturday — and turned the Massachusetts vaccination site into a concert hall.

Instead of sitting quietly during the 15-minute post-jab monitoring period, Ma played a brief concert as he waited at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield.

The playlist included Franz Schubert’s “Ave Maria,” according to an Instagram post from the school.

“Today at the #MyBCC vaccination clinic, the folks waiting for 15 minutes in observation were graced with the musical talents of the one and only Yo-Yo Ma,” the caption reads.

The 65-year-old musician can be seen in videos sitting in the waiting area — masked and socially distanced — gracefully playing his cello while his audience looks in awe.

At the end of his performance, onlookers applaud, and Ma who thanks them by waving, video shows.

ABC News reported a nurse who gave Ma the shot asked him if he could stay and play the cello to those during the 15-minute observation.

Ma, a part-time Berkshires resident, was delighted to give back to the community, Richard Hall of the Berkshire COVID-19 Vaccine Collaborative told The Berkshire Eagle.

Hall added, “What a way to end the clinic.”



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