After I got my vaccine, like everyone else I had to wait for 15 minutes to make sure I did not have an allergic reaction. I just sat in the CVS drugstore. Too bad I did not get it at the Berkshire Community college in Massachusetts. After cellist Yo Yo Ma got his second shot, he spent his 15 minutes giving an impromptu concert to the other people in the venue.
The 15-minute turn included renditions of pieces by Bach and Schubert, and at its close prompted an enthusiastic round of applause and cheers from the lucky crowd of socially distanced patients.
Ma, 65, had “wanted to give something back”, Richard Hall of the Berkshire Covid-19 Vaccine Collaborative told local paper the Berkshire Eagle. “What a way to end the clinic,” he added.
When Ma had first visited the clinic for his first shot, he did so quietly, taking in the surroundings, staff said. But brought his cello when he returned for the second shot.
Staff described how a hush fell across the clinic as Ma began to play. “It was so weird how peaceful the whole building became, just having a little bit of music in the background,” said Leslie Drager, the lead clinical manager for the vaccination site, according to the Washington Post.
Ma is someone who clearly loves what he does, likes to use his incredible talents for the general good, and also wears his celebrity status lightly.