Yo-Yo Ma gives impromptu performance after receiving 2nd vaccination in Massachusetts

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Cellist Yo-Yo Ma made the waiting period easier for Massachusetts residents who received their COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday.

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After receiving his second COVID-19 shot at Berkshire Community College, Ma, 65, used his 15-minute observation period to give a concert for others waiting to leave, The Berkshire Eagle reported.

Ma “wanted to give something back,” Richard Hall of the Berkshire COVID-19 Vaccine Collaborative told the newspaper.

After receiving his shot, Ma took a seat along the wall of the observation area. Masked and socially distanced, Ma played the cello for 15 minutes to an appreciative audience, the Eagle reported.

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“What a way to end the clinic,” Hall wrote in an email.

It is not the first time Ma has surprised people with music during the pandemic. In September he joined Emanuel Ax for a series of concerts for essential workers, the Eagle reported.

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