A particular concert on Wednesday animated hundreds of inhabitants of a Rio de Janeiro neighborhood who, confined to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, delighted in a varied repertoire of Brazilian music performed by a trumpet firefighter at 50 meters above sea level.
At the top of one of the escalators used to put out fires, Second Lieutenant Elielson Silva dos Santos performed with his trumpet works by renowned Brazilian composers such as “Samba do aviao”, by Tom Jobim, and “Aquarela”, by Ary Barroso.
The inhabitants surrounding the Largo do Machado square, located in the Laranjeiras neighborhood (south), enjoyed the music that the firefighter brought to his windows and included the notes of the national anthem.
Inspired by a German initiative during the confinement by the coronavirus, the Rio de Janeiro Fire Department decided to make presentations in some points of the city, such as Copacabana beach, the iconic Laguna Rodrigo de Freitas, the luxurious neighborhoods of Leblon and Barra Tijuca and Largo do Machado square.
Likewise, in Rocinha -the largest favela in the capital- and in other communities such as Cruzada São Sebastião and Vidigal.
The idea is that people who cannot go out into the streets enjoy a musical show 50 meters high, from the windows of nearby buildings.
“The action aims to calm the soul and lift the spirit in such difficult times and, at the same time, remember that firefighters are always close to citizens. Always ready to serve society,” said the press office.
The firefighters’ action has spread to other municipalities in the state, such as Nova Friburgo, where on Tuesday another firefighter, this time a saxophonist, offered a concert to residents of that city.
According to the latest report from the Ministry of Health, at least 240 people have died from the coronavirus pandemic in Brazil, where there are already more than 6,836 infected.