Yo Yo Ma’s “Day of Action”

The day was cool and cloudy but there was a special light in the big tent on Pittsfield Common on Saturday, August 10th.  That’s because Yo Yo Ma was there, spreading joy and hope, smiling and laughing as he ran from one volunteer group to another.

Our VIM Berkshires squad was there too, helping to assemble beautiful tables and benches for “Berkshire Builds,” part of Yo Yo Ma’s “day of action and music” to create something useful and sustainable for non-profits in the county. VIM’s table was donated to Construct for one of its homeless shelters.  

The day was cool and cloudy but there was a special light in the big tent on Pittsfield Common on Saturday, August 10th.  That’s because Yo Yo Ma was there, spreading joy and hope, smiling and laughing as he ran from one volunteer group to another.

Ma has been on a two-year global tour called “The Bach Project,” working to “bring people and organizations together to address pressing social issues and to think differently about the role of culture in society.”

With an all-star cast of local musical groups on stage all day under the tent and a well-organized building effort, the volunteers worked together to build sturdy ash tables while sharing the energy of a caring community.  With jazz, country and classical music curated by Andy Wrba of the Berkshire Jazz Collective as the background, Yo Yo Ma brought it all together…service, smiles and spirit.

We were lucky share in such an uplifting day.  We felt grateful to Yo Yo Ma for sharing his time, talents and Bach’s suites with the world, part of his gift to offer “sustenance, comfort and joy during times of stress, celebration and loss.”

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