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Like all of us, musicians especially have been impacted by the shut down. Whether it is a solo piece or a symphonic work, classical music relies on communities coming together to make, appreciate, and listen to music. Even though art and music have been deemed “unessential,” it is one of the most resilient communities. Adapting and thriving for hundreds of years, musicians have already shown us that they can adapt to these changing times. They’re using the internet like never before. Arguably, musicians are uniting even more people now, all under lockdown, through music’s ability to break countless barriers, such as language, culture, race, age, and now even physical distance. Orchestras and chamber ensembles are still playing “together,” by using software to compile videos. Not only are soloists giving concerts from their apartment balconies, they are also streaming live concerts from their homes, for free and giving all donations to relief funds. For example, Renaud and Gautier Capucon, brothers in different homes, post a virtual concert daily, each going on day 51. Musicians are turning to social media platforms to gather others and put together videos. Yo-Yo Ma has started an entire movement, called #SongsOfComfort, inspiring musicians everywhere to follow his lead and continue to share their music with the world. Although we are all very far apart (six feet, at least), we are still united, just in new ways. If you doubt this, here are some videos to feel inspired:
A similar video, from Rotterdam, Netherlands: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eXT60rbBVk
Cellists from around the world play Saint-Saen’s The Swan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hE1enPDh3nM
I recommend checking out this entire channel, called Playing For Change. Street musicians from around the world play Chan Chan (although it was not filmed during the pandemic, it feels so much more relevant now): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAjRmHODjyQ&list=RDWAjRmHODjyQ&index=1
ClassicFM’s compilation of musicians in quarantine: https://www.facebook.com/ClassicFM/videos/215113272888486/
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