After Receiving Second Dose, Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Treated Newly Vaccinated To Concert

Newly vaccinated Massachusetts residents were treated to a mini concert Saturday when famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma brought out his instrument after getting his second shot.

Ma took a seat along the wall of the observation area Saturday at Berkshire Community College and played for about 15 minutes, saying that he “wanted to give something back,” Richard Hall of the Berkshire COVID-19 Vaccine Collaborative told the The Berkshire Eagle.

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

The quick concert came a year after Ma started posting recordings of himself using the hashtag #SongsOfComfort on social media.

“In these days of anxiety,” he wrote on Twitter on March 13, 2020, “I wanted to find a way to continue to share some of the music that gives me comfort.”

Since then, he also has played surprise pop-up concerts for essential workers.