New Rochelle violinist performs ballads from her balcony to honor COVID-19 workers
Rosemarie Castellano plays the violin nightly from the sixth floor terrace of her New Rochelle apartment to support neighbors through the pandemic. Rockland/Westchester Journal News
A ballad from Rosemarie Castellano's balcony provides a moment of musical reprieve each day from a pandemic.
From her balcony in an apartment building just outside Glen Island — the location was the first drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in the state — Castellano has been playing a different song with violin and loudspeaker almost every evening since April 10.
Promptly at 7 p.m., the same time New Yorkers have been cheering for first responders and health care workers, Castellano covers a different song aimed at uplifting her neighbors and passersby.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧She's played "Amazing Grace," "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "Here Comes the Sun" and "New York, New York," to name a few. When she played "God Bless America," some of her neighbors waved American flags. Dozens typically watch from their balconies or parking lot below. Her Facebook page, Balcony Ballads, collected more than 800 followers in less than a month. She posts videos of her head-nodding performances shot daily by her sister, who is her next door neighbor.
"I just realized it was more of a need than I ever could have imagined," Castellano said.
As the lockdown in Westchester drags on, Castellano has been taking song requests. She's been playing violin since the third grade and has volunteered for the Songcatchers, a New Rochelle-based after-school program, for more than 20 years. So Castellano knows the power of music.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧Through social media, people have been asking about "the violinist in New Rochelle," Castellano said.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧"I've had to change my style playing out in the elements," she said. "It's a lot more about thinking about sharing the music and the notes don't have to be perfect, the rhythm doesn't have to be 100 percent accurate, it's just really about connecting people to the music and other neighbors."