In countries around the world, music has brought momentary relief from the pall of the coronavirus pandemic. It flows in impromptu harmonies from balconies in Italy, serenades for health care workers in Spain, concerts from rooftops, terraces and apartment windows. In the Houston area, that balm came from a “quarantine flash mob,” orchestrated by Parker Elementary School teacher Lisa Vosdoganes.
The cellist wanted to find a way to help her students keep up with instrument practice and ease their anxiety. So she began coordinating social-distancing correct concerts. Every Monday morning, her students troop out to front lawns, driveways and sidewalks and play along to Vosdoganes’ direction, which she streams on Facebook Live.