The world’s most famous cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, surprised people inside a Massachusetts COVID-19 vaccination clinic with an impromptu concert on March 13.
Imagine receiving your COVID-19 vaccination shot as Yo-Yo Ma played his cello in the background. This was a reality for a few lucky people inside a vaccination clinic at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on March 13! The 65-year-old musician, who is a part-time resident of Massachusetts’ Berkshires region, put on the surprise performance after receiving his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination.
After receiving the second dose, Yo-Yo Ma had to linger at the clinic for an observation period that lasts 15 minutes. Instead of just sitting there, Yo-Yo Ma decided to bust out his cello and play for the crowd of socially-distanced people sitting in chairs. They cheered and clapped for the famed musician after he finished the mini concert,
Yo-Yo Ma put on his last major performance for the 2021 presidential inauguration at the end of January. He played a beautiful rendition of “Amazing Grace” on his cello for a pre-recorded performance that was played during the Celebrating America television special on Inauguration Day.
It’s a good thing Yo-Yo Ma’s now fully vaccinated. He has a busy schedule that’ll be taking the cellist around the world in a few months! Beginning in May of 2021 and up until March of 2022, Yo-Yo Ma is scheduled to perform everywhere from North Carolina to France.
Yo-Yo Ma joined the growing list of celebrities who have received the COVID-19 vaccination, the supply of which is “currently limited,” the CDC reported on March 12. Each state has a different plan for which groups are eligible for the vaccine; Yo-Yo Ma falls into Massachusetts’ “Phase 2, Group 2” (people between the ages of 65-74), which is a group that can now receive the vaccine in the state.