Yo-Yo Ma Offers 'Songs of Comfort' Cello Serenade in the Time of Coronavirus: Watch

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Yo-Yo Ma performs on SiriusXM's Symphony Hall hosted by David Srebnik at SiriusXM Washington D.C. Studios on June 25, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Yo-Yo Ma is used to playing for a full house in concert halls and auditoriums, but the renowned cellist found a rapt audience on social media when he attempted to balance out the current frightening headlines with a soothing performance for his followers.

On Friday night (March 13), Ma picked up his cello and played his rendition of Antonín Dvořák's "Going Home" from 1893's Symphony No. 9. Ma has recorded a version of the Czech composer's song with his Silk Road Ensemble and banjoist and singer Abigail Washburn for their 2016 album Sing Me Home, which won the Grammy for the world music album in 2017. (Additionally, Sing Me Home reached No. 1 on the Billboard classical crossover albums chart.)

"In these days of anxiety, I wanted to find a way to continue to share some of the music that gives me comfort," he captioned the video. "Stay safe." The video has racked up two million views and counting in the hours since its initial posting.

It's a poignant choice, and one that speaks to global unity in a time of crisis from an artist who's used his fame and talent to call for compassion and change.

“We live in more and more of a fractured society,” he told Billboard in a 2018 interview about his Bach Project, which brought him to locations all over the world that were significant for inspiring social change, including the site of the Berlin Wall and the United States' own wall at the southern border. “As a cellist, I was thinking, ‘What can I do to help?’ I’ve been toying with the idea of ‘citizen musicians’ for a while.”