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Siblings, 6 and 9, played a cello concert on the porch of an elderly neighbor, who has isolated herself during the coronavirus outbreak

INSIDER logoINSIDER 3/18/2020 Kelly McLaughlin
a woman holding a violin © CBS News

Cello-playing siblings, aged 6 and 9, played a concert on the porch of an elderly neighbor, who has been isolating herself amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

Taran Tien, 9, and his sister, Calliope, 6, carried their cellos across the street to their 78-year-old neighbor's porch to put on an impromptu concert in Columbus, Ohio, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Their neighbor, Helena Schlam, has been staying inside as a safety precaution as the novel coronavirus spreads across the United States.

Taran and Calliope's cello instructor had told them to practice "virtual concerts" while taking off from school, and their mother, Rebecca Tien, thought playing for Schlam could help too.

"Helena really loves music, so I asked if the kids could come to the porch," Tien told CBS News.

Schlam briefly joined the kids outside but stayed at a responsible distance as she listened.

"Well, I was just thrilled! I sort of feel like a little kid," she told CBS News. "[Tien] knows I love music and I really like her kids, they're terrific."

Taran and Calliope played for a little over 30 minutes. According to the Columbus Dispatch, they played pieces from their Suzuki Books 1 and 2.

"We love playing the cello for other people," Taran Tien told CBS News. "Then we thought about how she was stuck in her house, so we thought it was a great idea and might make her happy." 

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