Yo-Yo Ma’s actions remind us that art is part of humanity and is a necessary and valuable aspect of our communities.
For the great majority, this past year was one of loneliness. It was (and continues to be) an era void of dinners out, visits to the movies, spontaneous trips, or attending concerts. Covid-19 vaccines are finally being rolled out throughout the US and the world, meaning that the light at the end of the tunnel becomes slightly more visible with each passing week. For some lucky residents in Boston last week, the vaccination process was especially bright.
This past weekend, internationally renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma received his second dose of the vaccine at Berkshire Community College, and just like everyone else, had to spend 15 minutes in the waiting room to make sure no adverse effects developed.
During that time, he performed a short concert for the other people in the waiting room. After more than a year with no exposure to live music performed in a public space, the residents awaiting their vaccine were very appreciative and moved.
At a time when art has been less available to all of us, Yo-Yo Ma’s actions remind us that art is part of humanity and is a necessary and valuable aspect of our communities. It put a smile on everybody’s face and reminded us of the wonder of art we will soon be able to go back to.