Those with a vaccination appointment at the Berkshire Community College field house in March 2021 got more than a jab, when Yo-Yo Ma treated them to a concert while they served out the mandatory 15-minute waiting period.
“We’re about to get poked and Jill [Ma’s wife] takes the cello over, and the people recognize her and me and they say, ‘Well are you going to play for us?’”
As he played, Ma — he’s a part-time resident of the Berkshires — said an older man brought a chair over and sat down in front of him, from a safe distance. The man “just honestly needed something,” Ma told Hager.
A video of the 15-minute performance went viral online and was picked up by media all over the world.
Toward the end of the interview, Hager asked, “So, even though it was a happy accident, maybe you’re happy you had your instrument with you that day?”