World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma gave a surprise concert at the Berkshire Community College during an observation period after receiving his second dose of COVID-19 vaccine over the weekend.
Ma started playing for the staff at the vaccination center and people waiting for their observation period. Hall described the impromptu performance as a “very special” concert to end the clinic day.
State Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli praised Ma for “bringing hope and optimism through his beautiful music.”
The 18-time Grammy award winner serenaded everyone at the center with Franz Schubert’s “Ave Maria” and the prelude to Bach’s “Cello Suite No. 1” during his surprise mini-concert, CBS News
“Many people were moved to tears,” Jonah Sykes, associate director of marketing and communications at Berkshire Community College, said. “It was an exceptional moment at the end of a long day of giving shots.”
March 13, the day when Ma received his second shot, was the first anniversary of #SongsOfComfort
, an effort he launched on Twitter where he posts a series of live recordings to bring comfort to those stuck during the quarantine period.
“In these days of anxiety, I wanted to find a way to continue to share some of the music that gives me comfort,”
Ma wrote in his tweet last year
. “The first of my #SongsOfComfort: Dvořák – ‘Going Home’.”