American cellist Yo-Yo Ma is one of the numerous phenomenal musicians who have generously shared their art with the world for free.
Ever since the coronavirus pandemic started, Yo-Yo Ma has performed several online concerts throughout 2020—but his latest move touched everyone.
The legendary cellist took his beloved instrument with him and put it to noble use.
Yo-Yo Ma managed to transform the vaccine waiting period into a delightful concert at the Berkshire Community College in Massachusetts. People seemed to forget all their worries as soon as the music starts!
According to CNN, Yo-Yo Ma was out to get his second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
Luckily, the famous musician decided not to go alone—he took his Petunia with him. Petunia is Yo-Yo Ma’s precious cello, which was built in 1733. Interestingly, the cello’s been valued at $2.5 million.
However, not everything is about money, and Yo-Yo Ma proved it when he took the cello and gifted people a heart-warming concert no money can buy.
Yo-Yo Ma loves to help people, and you can’t put a price on kind intentions. According to medical standards, vaccine recipients are obligated to wait and be monitored around 15 minutes after they get a shot. Yo-Yo Ma decided to put that time to good use.
During the observation period, Yo-Yo Ma played “Ave Maria” and left everyone in awe.
In 2020, Time Magazine included Ma on the list of 100 Most Influential People.
Now we see why! Music is believed to be the best cure, and Ma is selflessly offering the cure to everyone. The popular artist has recorded more than 90 albums and received 18 Grammy Awards. Ma has been a United Nations Messenger of Peace since 2006. The man has even been “tagged” as “Sexiest Classical Musician” by People in 2001. Ma considers that “the worst epithet he’s ever faced,” so we’ll use another one and call him one of the most giving musicians of his generation.
Just look at people’s reactions when Ma began playing!
Do you notice the sign of relief and calm on their faces? We certainly do. Thank you, Yo-Yo Ma, for always surprising us with the power of your music.
Let’s hope that Ma’s music will mark the beginning of a better, more cheerful, coronavirus free time of our lives!
Yes, things are turning for the better. People are getting vaccines, and it seems like the world is well on its way to going back to normal. We think that Yo-Yo Ma’s performance at the vaccination clinic is not only a concert for those who wait for the jab but also the celebration of better times that are yet to come.
Ma’s humble spirit and humanitarian work are impressive.
Without a doubt, we’ve all been worrying a lot during the past year, and Ma’s music brought peace. Incredible!
Exactly a year ago, Ma uploaded his first recording under the #SongsOfComfort hashtag, to help people go through the pandemic.
Ma explained that he simply wanted “to give something back and to bring people joy during the pandemic.” Sir, you’ve done more than that, and the world will forever be grateful for all the effort you’ve put into making the situation with pandemic a lot easier.
Yo-Yo Ma should be an inspiration to all of us.
We have to contribute to making the world a happier place in the ways we can and know how to do. Thank you, Yo-Yo Ma, for reminding us of such an important lesson.
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Posted by Berkshire Community College on Saturday, March 13, 2021