The Week in Hope-Inspiring Spontaneous Music Online, Op. 5

April 13, 2020, 10:00 PM · With symphony performances almost universally on hiatus, we've also 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.

Here's a little something to get you dancing - violinist Paul Huang and pianist Helen Huang (not related!) posted "Jamaican Rumba COVID-19 Version."

"Remote learning" is happening at Juilliard, where violinist Nathan Meltzer and cellist Sterling Elliott found a way to perform Handel/Halvorsen's Passacaglia for Violin and Cello:.

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra concertmaster William Shaub dedicated an audience favorite, Ashokan Farewell, to his KSO subscribers. This poignant song by Jay Ungar was made famous by Ken Burns’ The Civil War miniseries.

Simple, somber Bach: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Stefani Collins Matsuo and CSO cellist Hiro Matsuo (aka the married Matsuo Duo) play Bach Invention No. 2:

Here's a song from a young music teacher named Lisa that captures a lot of the feelings that we all have about online learning and teaching. It's very short and I promise it will make you feel better:

Time for Three are finding ways to jam from afar, with Nick Kendall in Washington D.C., Charles Yang in New York City, and bassist Ranaan Meyer in Philadelphia. Here is their one-and-a-half-minute Quarantine Funk Jam:

Ahhh the Frank Sonata - here it is performed by the husband-wife team of violinistJudith Ingolfsson and pianist Vladimir Stoupel, aka Duo Ingolfsson-Stoupel.They are giving "Homeland Concerts" twice a week, on Friday and Tuesday, at 1pm EST (7 pm Berlin), at this link (click here). The music begins at 12:00:

A few nights ago violinist David Garrett posted a very simple video of himself improvising at the piano, lovely.

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, keep your distance, wash your hands, and practice and listen to good music!

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April 15, 2020 at 06:56 PM · I have a question

Is anyone else still paying fees to their brick and mortar studios?

I teach from home now but my clients used to meet at a studio. The studio owner collects the pay and is still taking the studio rental fee before I get paid'! The studio had been closed since March. I have expenses too but he is still taking 33% even though he is doing nothing? What is my right as a teacher?

I want to inform my students that I am not being reimbursed and let them decide if they want to stay with the studio or move to my personal studio where their money will support me at home.

Are music studios around the country doing this? Taking the fees even though the shop is closed?

April 15, 2020 at 09:31 PM · Loved that Laurie. What a great idea to post this. The Franck sonata is one of my favorite pieces of music. Also always wonderful to hear my friend Will Shaub play so beautifully. But I especially loved the song that Lisa sang!

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