The world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma gave a shock live performance on Saturday at a vaccination web site in Massachusetts.
Mr. Ma, 65, who lives within the Berkshires half time, was spending quarter-hour in remark after receiving his second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine at Berkshire Group School in Pittsfield, Mass. He “wished to provide one thing again,” Richard Corridor of the Berkshire Covid-19 Vaccine Collaborative advised The Berkshire Eagle.
Clips shared on Fb by the neighborhood school present the masked musician seated together with his cello towards a wall, away from different folks below remark after being vaccinated. The songs included “Ave Maria” and Bach’s Prelude in G Main.
His post-vaccination efficiency got here one yr to the day after he first posted on Twitter about his venture #SongsOfComfort, sharing a recording of himself enjoying Dvorak in an effort to reassure an anxious public as lockdowns started in the US and elsewhere. Different musicians, each skilled and beginner, quickly joined in. In December, Ma and the British pianist Kathryn Stott launched “Songs of Consolation and Hope,” an album that was impressed by the venture.
Final yr, Mr. Ma additionally gave a sequence of pop-up performances with the classical pianist Emanuel Ax for small teams of bus drivers, firefighters, well being care suppliers and different important employees within the Berkshires area.
“Individuals want one another for assist past the fast staples of life,” Mr. Ma advised The New York Instances in November. “They want music.”