#CoronaCovers: Rice violin student practices social distancing while performing 'I Want To Hold Your Hand'

Photo credit: Allison Smith

HOUSTON – (March 26, 2020) – Hand-holding is the last thing anyone should do during the COVID-19 pandemic, but a Rice University Shepherd School violin student won’t let social distancing stop her from doing what she does best.

Photo credit: Allison Smith
Photo credit: Allison Smith

Although her university has discontinued classroom instruction for the spring semester, Allison Smith is applying her talents to a series of homebound musical performances called #CoronaCovers. In the most recent posting to her YouTube channel, the sophomore violin student and her pianist brother Nathan, a high school senior, play an instrumental version of the Beatles’ “I Want To Hold Your Hand” in their home in Dublin, Ohio.

Allison Smith is a student of Paul Kantor, the Sallie Shepherd Perkins Professor of Violin at Rice. She is a Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Scholarship in Violin recipient.

Members of the media are invited to share the video on their various platforms. The Smiths are available for interviews via Facetime or Skype. For more information, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 217-417-2901 or amym@rice.edu.


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Photo link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpgcZiGNboc

Photo credit: Allison Smith

Rice's Shepherd School of Music: https://music.rice.edu/

Allison Smith's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/allisonviolin2000/feed

Allison and Nathan Smith's cover of "I Want To Hold Your Hand": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpgcZiGNboc

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