"It's lovely to watch it unfold, to watch people stop and enjoy the music and engage with the boys," said Lori Lewis, the mother of young musicians Gabo and Zani Lewis.
Burlington Airport travelers got a regal welcome from the Lewis brothers Monday, as their proud mom looked on. Weary holiday travelers like Rebecca Boozan couldn't help but stop and enjoy the classical tunes played by the sibling duo. "It's soothing and it just really makes you feel like it's the holidays and gives you that second to relax," Boozan said.
With Gabo playing violin for the last eight years, and his younger brother Zani playing cello for the last seven, the pair says sibling rivalry drives them to improve. "Sometimes I give suggestions, maybe sometimes Gabo thinks that shouldn't be that way, and we argue about endings," Zani said.
Still the pair agree that working together they can make more beautiful music than if they were solo acts. "We have a larger repertoire because of it, most of the songs we play here we couldn't play by ourselves because it would be missing a really important baseline," Gabo said.
The Lewis brothers' regular appearances have been orchestrated by the Burlington Airport to try to make stressful holiday travel a little bit more enjoyable. "I think this is kind of the start of something bigger and we hope to have more musicians coming into the airport. This is a great fit for us right now and I think kind of testing the grounds," said the airport's Ryan Betcher.
Gabo and Zani Lewis are hoping that people will see their act and support their future music goals. The pair started out playing on Church Street and now hope to raise funds to buy full size instruments, that they say will help them to play even better music.
Their mom says the time and commitment it takes to raise two talented musicians is all worth it. "I'm so proud of them; they both work really hard and they are very dedicated musicians," she said.