Siblings Surprise Elderly Self-Isolating Neighbor With a Classical Concert on Her Porch


A pair of siblings from Columbus, Ohio is showing how a simple gesture of kindness could make the world of a difference to a person in need. 

Taran Tien, 9, and his sister, Calliope, 6, are melting hearts on social media after videos of them performing a concert for an elderly neighbor emerged online.

Helena Schlam, a 78-year-old classical music fan, was self-isolating in her home to prevent infection from COVID-19, CNN reports.

Rebecca Tien, the children’s mother, first reached out to ask her neighbor if she needed any help with groceries. When Schlam refused, the siblings learned about their neighbor’s current situation and decided to put on a lovely show for her.

Taran, who wore a nice suit, and Calliope, who wore an adorable dress, surprised Schlam with a classical concert right on her porch on Monday.

Playing their cellos, the kids not only entertained Schlam but also the other neighbors who took notice of the impromptu show.

In an interview with CNN, Rebecca Tien, shared her reaction to those who saw the performance. 

“It was one of those moments where you feel like you’re a part of something incredible,” she was quoted saying. “It was also a good way to remember the value of connection, especially at a time like this when everyone feels disconnected. Just to know we were a part of something so sweet, even just for a minute, meant a lot.”

The heartwarming moment was captured on film by fellow neighbor Jackie Borchardt who posted some clips on Twitter. In the footage, the children can be seen in a safe distance from Schlam while playing music for her. They played for a full 30 minutes, with music ranging from a Bach “Minuet” to “Go Tell Aunt Rhody.”

Schlam, who has reportedly not left her home in five days, expressed she was so delighted for the musical treat.  

“It was a little cold, but I just put on an extra coat,” the Columbus Dispatch quoted her saying. “The kids are really quite talented, and it was so much fun.”

Feature Image via @rebeccatienphotography

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