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Top Classical Musicians Help Launch New HD Streaming Concert Service: Dreamstage

August 11, 2020, 2:09 PM · During the pandemic, both artists and audiences have been frustrated by the limitations of classical concerts streamed over social media, with disappointments such as poor sound quality, lack of a visually interesting venue, glitchy connections, and general feeling of disconnection, despite everyone's best efforts.

But imagine an online performance that feels a more like the real thing - a live concert at a beautiful venue, streamed in high definition audio and video. There's even a visual world created around the performance, with box office, a front door entrance for the audience, and post-performance green room where audience can meet and interact artists. It takes place in real time, with an option to watch it on a big TV, not just on the computer. On top of all that, the artists get paid.

Those are some of the features of an ambitious new platform called Dreamstage.live, which promises a premium experience for a paying audience. The online concert venue is the brainchild of cello soloist and Dresden Music Festival director Jan Vogler, along with entrepreneurs Thomas Hesse, a former Sony executive, and Scott Chasin, an expert in technology. Dreamstage is gearing up to start concerts later this month, with 30 live events scheduled: mostly classical concerts with top artists, with plans in the works for Latin music, hip-hop, jazz, rock and pop. Keep reading...

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Week in Review: Summer of Change, Op. 10

August 11, 2020, 5:26 AM · This week brings us some Bach in Berlin; Ray Chen making a professional recording at home; the World Bach Competition from Boulder, Colo; violinist Doori Na playing music by a Cuban composer; the Colorado Symphony's distanced concerts at Red Rocks; as well as Elena Urioste playing the beautiful "Adoration" by Florence Price, with her husband, pianist Tom Poster:

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2021 NAMM Show Canceled Due to COVID 19

August 10, 2020, 1:26 PM · The NAMM Show - the yearly gathering of the National Association of Music Merchants which typically attracts some 100,000 people from more than 120 countries and regions to Anaheim, Calif., has been canceled for 2021. It will be the first time in nearly 80 years without a physical gathering for NAMM.

The show, which was scheduled to take place at the Anaheim Convention Center January 21-24, 2021, would have featured hundreds of speakers, panels and performances -- as well as a massive showroom floor focusing on all kinds of musical instruments, products, electronics and gear. Keep reading...

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V.com weekend vote: Have you been listening to more music, or to less, during these pandemic times?

August 7, 2020, 9:27 PM · Do you feel you are listening to more or less music these days? What music are you hearing? Do you find less music in your environment, or more? Do you feel like you have more control over what you listen to? Do you find yourself listening more actively, or passively?

Please choose the answer that best fits for you, and then tell us about how your listening has or has not changed during the pandemic.


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