You Can Have a Carnegie Hall Concert in Your Living Room
Times are stressful. Today, I started my day with Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra Live from Carnegie Hall—it is that much better for it.
Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, countless cultural institutions are offering ways for people to enjoy art, music, theater, and dance from their living rooms. And when you're in need of a dose of ethereal calm, you can't do much better than a symphony from the world's home for classical music, Carnegie Hall. In a recent message from Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall's executive and artistic director, he shared some ways you can keep connected with New York City's Carnegie Hall from afar. Among them, listening to their "Carnegie Hall Live" series. As Gillinson wrote, "Whether you’re maximizing work-from-home productivity with the right musical soundtrack or need a break from the news, tune in to on-demand listening of our Carnegie Hall Live series with WQXR." Listen to upcoming shows here. Or, if you'd like to listen to the full broadcast of previous Carnegie Hall concerts ranging from "Three Generations: Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, and Steve Reich" to the "National Yourth Orchestra of the United States of America," visit the archives of past broadcasts here. All concerts are completely free, but if you are able to make a donation to support the non-profit, you can make a gift here.
In Gillinson's message, he also notes that Carnegie Hall will be sharing music and learning resources on social media, via email, and on their website, along with a newly digitized Musical Explorers program for students K–2 for educators teaching remotely or parents with youngsters at home.
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Now, if you don't mind, I've got some impassioned performances of Bartók's finest Romanian folk dances to listen to—higher places, here I come. Thank you, Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra.