Today, March 27, 2pm EST. you can watch a streaming orchestral concert, played live.
Odd to say and see from here in New York City, where the point is no more than 10 people together at a time, but Alan Gilbert and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra are getting together to play music for the world.
Really a one-of-a-kind event in the current moment, allowed because the Swedish government is permitting gatherings of up to 500. That means no audience, but the musicians can get together (though this is a highly contagious and dangerous virus, and I hope there’s been full testing beforehand).
Two excellent pieces on the program:
- Stravinsky: L’Histoire du Soldat, narrated by Stine Ekblad
* Brahms: Symphony No. 1
This type of music necessitates rehearsals, so hopefully everyone is well. Gilbert is quoted as saying: “I was so happy to be working again so soon with the orchestra, though the circumstances were like nothing we could have imagined. All of us felt so privileged to be making music at all, and the incredible power of Brahms’s music moved everyone there.”
Good luck to all.