The Big City

”The more susbtantial an individual’s aesthetic experience is, the sounder his taste, the sharper his moral focus, the freer—though not necessarily the happier—he is.."

Everything is shut down, every place is closed, classical, jazz, you name it. It’s going to be this way for at least a couple of weeks and most likely longer—Carnegie Hall and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center have announced that they are not reopening until May 11, at the earliest.

But there is a lot of music you can stream from the comfort of your own socially distant home, I compiled a list for the Classical Review, current as of Tuesday, March 17. On it you’ll find sources for both archival and live performances, all free, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Berliner Philharmoniker, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Do try and catch one of the live streams if possible. As you will be able to read in the Brooklyn Rail next month, I watched the Chamber Music Society’s New Milestones concert, Thursday, March 12, from home. I was supposed to cover it for a live review, but they closed the doors to the live audience. The result was quite beautiful musically and in spirit, with an intimacy that exceeded any concert hall experience I’ve had. Here’s an older one from them that’s appropriate to the moment:

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