With symphony performances almost universally on hiatus, we are also going to put "The Week in Reviews" on hold and instead bring you a weekly roundup of performances to be found online. With so many people told to stay at home and keep a distance, artists around the world have been posting videos of spontaneous music performances and more. We invite you to also share your links to the most inspiring, comforting or humorous musical content you've found online during this time, so that we can all benefit from the power of music.
The Berlin Philharmonic is offering their Digital Concert Hall for free during this emergency stay-at-home period, if you wish to watch a symphony concert. They usually charge $170 per year, and they have hundreds of offerings. Click here to sign up for that.
Violinist Vijay Gupta has been giving us some J.S. Bach solo playing every day, click here to watch it on Instagram and follow him, it is just lovely.
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma also took to Twitter with the Sarabande from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3.:
This is for the healthcare workers on the frontlines — the Sarabande from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3. Your ability to balance human connection and scientific truth in service of us all gives me hope. #songsofcomfort pic.twitter.com/s9e35RW03N— Yo-Yo Ma (@YoYo_Ma) March 16, 2020
Jazz violinist Megan Shung has been providing some cheer with her "Tune a Day" improvisations on Instagram, click here for her Instagram.
Plus there are the images coming from Italy, of musicians playing instruments on their balconies, as in this one:
And for a little levity: two violinists play "Nearer My God to Thee" - the tune they played as the Titanic sank - in the toilet paper aisle:
If you would like to share links to performances you have found, please do so in the comments or e-mail me to include in next week's edition. Keep calm and practice and listen to good music!Tweet
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