Nashville violinist creates balcony performances during COVID-19

Posted at 10:03 PM, May 01, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen all kinds of acts of kindness across the mid-state. But a mid-state woman’s creativity amidst heartbreak has helped unite her neighborhood in a unique way.

Maria Kistner Conti is a local violinist who is out of work during the COVID-19 pandemic. That loss was compounded by the unimaginable loss of her father, Gerhard Kistner, who died from COVID-19 in New Rochelle, New York last month.

Out of that heartbreak, Kistner Conti began mini violin performances from her Lenox Village balcony, originally playing for just a few neighbors each night, but soon more showed up.

“My neighbors give me a reason to get out of bed in the morning, Kistner Conti said.

While she plays in memory of her father, she found as the concerts continued, her neighbors who were watching began to talk with each other.

“When they started coming out for the concerts, they started talking and getting to know each other and now they’re actually quite close,” Kistner Conti said.

Now, dozens of neighbors show up for her nightly performances, all while properly socially distancing. While the battle of COVID-19 continues, she’s found a way to bring hope out of grief, all while uniting her neighborhood in the process.