When the first European lockdowns began last March, the multi-talented British violinist Daniel Hope immediately sprang to action with a DIY show called Hope@Home.
Hope -- who has experience writing, producing and broadcasting - seemingly overnight created a high-production, high-quality show which he broadcast every single day for six weeks from his living room in Berlin. It's lovely to watch, and his guests included classical celebrities such as Christoph Eschenbach, Sir Simon Rattle, Christian Thielemann and Robert Wilson. He didn't stop there -- he created a sequel, Hope@Home on Tour! In all, he's created almost 70 episodes, which have been streamed more than eight million times. He's also raised tens of thousands of Euros for artists in need. (You can find these and watch them for free on Hope's Facebook page.)
So what could be next? He decided to bring the show to San Francisco, to create six new Hope@Home Next Generation shows with the New Century Chamber Orchestra, a group that has not played since January due to the ever-worsening COVID situation in the United States. Hope has served as Artistic Director of the group since 2018, following violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg's tenure. Here is the first show, which was streamed today:
The shows will be archived and available free of charge for 30 days after the streaming date. The episodes will stream daily at 10 AM PST, from today through Nov. 23, and you can Click here to see the archived episodes.
"I have had the privilege of making music in the U.S. for 20 years," Hope said. "It pains me to see such a music-loving nation practically silenced from the joy of live music-making. As Music Director of San Francisco’s New Century Chamber Orchestra, I am concerned for the well-being of our wonderful musicians. It has been my goal for many months now to be reunited with them in some form, and to make music with them in America again. I am grateful to our board for making this journey possible, and to the Arte TV channel for extending the cultural hand of friendship between Europe and the U.S. by agreeing to host six special episodes of Hope@Home from San Francisco."
The six episodes will encompass what Hope describes as a "journey through American music," including Carlos Simon’s "An Elegy: A Cry From the Grave," Philip Glass’s "Echorus" and George Walker’s "Lyric for Strings," as well as works by Aaron Copland, Gabriela Lena Frank, Florence Price and Kurt Weill. Ranging from the classic to the contemporary, other featured repertoire will include music by Edward Elgar, Antonín Dvorák, Grazyna Bacewicz and Hans Krása.
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