In a world of music that none of us would have predicted five months ago, many musicians are making technology their new virtuoso skill. Others are ready to take this moment to reshape the classical canon.
Between virtual rehearsals and “concerts,” choirs and orchestras recently look a bit like they’ve joined the Brady Bunch. These videos allow students to have a fulfilling and shareable project at the end of a semester. But, behind the squares lies hours of work.
Meanwhile, students from Vanderbilt’s Blair Academy have found a grateful new audience of senior citizens for a series of virtual concerts that has reached across the country.
Classically Speaking will not ignore the cultural conversation that has followed along with protests after the death of George Floyd. This will be a topic in two upcoming episodes. But first, we want to point to two classical music podcasts with Black creators. Trilloquy, hosted by Garrett McQueen and Scott Blakenship, recorded just blocks from where protests were taking place in Minneapolis, and described what that was like in their Overture to Season Two. And Classically Black, hosted by Dalanie Harris and Katie Brown, whose Episode 85 is titled “We Can’t Breathe… Again.” Follow the links directly to these episodes, or find the shows on your favorite podcasting app.