Barcelona: Impromptu Balcony Jam Goes Viral During Coronavirus Quarantine

L-R Alberto Gestoso, Alex Lebron Torrent

With much of the world staying at home and/or practicing ‘social distancing,’ folks are finding ways to not only remain upbeat but in touch with their communities.

A viral video from Spain (over 9.3 million views on Facebook in just two days) demonstrates the power music has to bring people together.

Facebook user Pedrito Miguel shared the clip featuring out musician Alberto Gestoso playing the Céline Dion hit, “My Heart Will Go On,” on his piano out on his balcony in the Sagrada Familia neighborhood of Barcelona this past Sunday.

As he plays for his neighbors, saxophone player Alexander Lebron Torrent joins in for the impromptu concert.

In the video, you can see Gestoso’s neighbors leaning on their balconies taking in the open-air serenade.

“This made me cry with emotion,” wrote Miguel. “The video is from Barcelona, which is in Quarantine like the rest of Spain. Courage and strength to all.”

Gestoso shared a post on his Instagram regarding the afternoon’s musical moment writing, “Thanks to all of you who are staying at home for the good of all,”

He also encouraged others “who are going through everything” to think of others because “this is everyone’s responsibility.”

The original video appears to have been recorded by his boyfriend, Roman Santana, who shared the clip on his Instagram which has been viewed over 1.4 million times.

Saxophonist Alex Lebron Torrent shared the moment from his perspective as well.



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❤❤Stay safe people and listen to some nice live TITANIC balcony music❤❤ . . A magic moment with the amazing @albertogestoso with his balcony piano… thank you man! . . #coronavirus #quarantine #quarantineactivities #stayinthehouse #stayhome #balconymusic #balconymusicclub #pianoplayer #saxophoneplayer #alexlebrontorrent #alwaysmakethemrememberyou #avingudagaudi #musicianship #timeofcrisis #musicbringspeopletogether #tenorsaxophone #tenorsax #balconyband #staysafe #balconyshow #impromptushow #nonoisecomplaintstoday #nonoisecomplaints #neighbourhood #neighborhoodbalconyentertainment #quedateacasa #quédateacasa #quarantinechallenge #stopcovid19 #stopcovid19⛔️

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If you’ve been to Barcelona (easily one of my favorite cities in Europe), you know exactly where this is with the world-famous Basilica de la Sagrada Familia in the background.

Check out a few posts from the two musician’s Instagram accounts. Definitely worth perusing.



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YO ME QUEDO EN CASA 🏠 ⬇️⬇️ Hoy toca leer un poco⬇️⬇️ Responsabilidad individual y empatía. Todas las medidas que se están tomando no serán eficaces si no somos una sociedad madura y procuramos reducir nuestras salidas y vida social al máximo posible. No solo para no infectarnos, sino para no infectar a nuestros grupos de riesgo: nuestros mayores, pluripatologias, inmunodeprimidos… además de por todos nuestros profesionales sanitarios, que se están entregando al máximo para poder atajar esto cuanto antes. El sistema sanitario colapsará si no nos concienciamos a tiempo y cambiamos nuestra actitud. Cuanto antes nos demos cuenta de la situación, menos tiempo permanecerán las medidas y antes controlaremos el COVID-19. #yomequedoencasa

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El postureo no descansa ni en Navidad 😜

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JUBILADO MODE ON: Controlando las obras 👨‍🦳🏗

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Nueva etapa! Y con más ilusión que el primer día 🤪

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📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 . . #Repost @flowportraits with @make_repost ・・・ I’ve been always photoshooting women. This is something way different 🙃. Thanks Alex for having a great time on this photo session 🙌. Model: @alexlebrontorrent Location: park near @basilicasagradafamilia . . . #saxman #columbian #blackmodel #malemodel #afro #afrohairstyles #redshirt #sax #jeans #maleportrait #placadegaudi #sagradafamilia #barcelona #spain #modelsbarcelona #barcelonamodels #musiciansbarcelona #barcelonamusicians #tenorsaxophone #saxophone #tenorsax #saxophoneplayer #ilovesax #forestonesaxophone #afromodel #barcelona2019 #alexlebrontorrent #alwaysmakethemrememberyou #modelingchocolate

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Billy Porter Singing With These Children Is My Favorite Thing Today

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On Monday’s episode of The View, Whoopi Goldberg introduced the very well-spoken 14-year-old Harrison Fribush to help celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

It seems the seventh-grader came across the viral video of Baltimore’s Cardinal Shehan School Community choir singing with Andra Day and Common on The View two years ago and was inspired.

He approached his choir director at Krieger Schechter Day School (also in Baltimore) about uniting the two very different choirs through the power of music.

The all-Black and all-Jewish middle school choirs met up and worked on a joint version of “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman.

Goldberg found out about the teamwork and invited them on The View to sing a medley of “Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand” and “Imagine.”

I love Whoopi’s smile as young Harrison Fribush shares his story

The cherry on the top was a surprise performance by out Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award-winner Billy Porter joining the talented tykes for “Imagine.”

You may have heard Mr. Porter sings a bit…

The results were uplifting, powerful, magical, and a reminder that yes, children are the future.

“Teach them well and let them lead the way…”

Posting the clip to Instagram, Porter wrote, “Did you all see @theviewabc yesterday? I was honored to join the Cardinal Shehan School Community and Krieger Schechter Day School choirs in a special surprise performance of ‘Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)’ and ‘Imagine,’ honoring #MLKDay.”

“These children are a beautiful example of our power to change hearts and minds through the arts,” added Porter.

Take a second to feel good for a few minutes and hit the play button.

(h/t TheOUTfront)