Last weekend, acclaimed cello player Yo-Yo Ma was at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, MA to receive his second of the two required doses. While he could have maintained his anonymity as just another 65-year-old in line to get vaccinated, Ma instead arrived with his cello and used the 15-minute observation period after receiving his shot to deliver a pop-up performance for the people gathered in the waiting area.
According to local news reports, Ma, who was asked to play his instrument by one of the nurses, delivered a brief performance of classical music pieces including Franz Schubert‘s “Ave Maria” and Johann Sebastian Bach‘s “Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, Prélude”.
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“I think that everyone there was touched just listening to him play,” Richard Hall of the Berkshire COVID-19 Vaccine Collaborative told news outlets of the spontaneous performance.
Scroll down to check out photos and videos captured during Yo-Yo Ma’s surprise performance at the BCC vaccine clinic.
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[H/T ABC News]