COVID-19: Cellist Yo-Yo Ma gives surprise 'pop-up' show at Massachusetts vaccination centre after getting second jab
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COVID-19: Cellist Yo-Yo Ma gives surprise ‘pop-up’ show at Massachusetts vaccination centre after getting second jab

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Mr. Ma, 65, who lives in the Berkshires part-time, was spending 15 minutes in observation after receiving his second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Mass, writes Jennifer Jett for  New York Times.

He “wanted to give something back,” Richard Hall of the Berkshire Covid-19 Vaccine Collaborative told The Berkshire Eagle.

Clips shared on Facebook by the community college show the masked musician seated with his cello against a wall, away from other people under observation after being vaccinated.

Writing for The Hill, Aris Folley said Legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma threw an impromptu concert at a vaccination clinic in Massachusetts over the weekend after the 65-year-old musician received his second dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

According to The New York Times, Ma had to be under observation for 15 minutes after receiving his shot on Saturday at the Berkshire Community College’s vaccination site in Pittsfield.

Ma, who has a residence in Berkshire, used the brief window to perform “Ave Maria” and more songs as others waited in observation.

In footage posted by the college on Facebook, the cellist can be seen performing in jeans, a t-shirt, and jacket with a black cap.

Writing for Sky News, Charlotte Bateman said Renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma gave a surprise performance at a coronavirus vaccination center in the US after getting his second jab.

His 15-minute performance – from a plastic seat set up against a wall – received rapturous applause from others waiting to get vaccinated.

The musician, who lives part-time in the area, said he wanted to “give something back”, according to local news site The Berkshire Eagle.

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