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.."

Let me begin with a disclaimer: I can’t take any more of the live streaming music. I wrote about this in the May issue of the Brooklyn Rail and the Red Hook Star-Revue. In short, it’s like watching practice, there’s no connection between player and listener nor across the group of listeners. It may be live, but there’s no live quality to it. I’d rather watch archived live performances, at least I know it’s history and the vibe with the audience comes through.

That’s what the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center has in their new Front Row media series, putting together their archives with visual program notes and live Q&A sessions, i.e. using synchronous, live media as a supplement to asynchronous media, which strikes me as the right combination.

I’m also personally interested because the last live performance I saw was the Canellakis-Brown duo, March 10, so I’ve been on the sidelines along with pianist Michael Brown in the video. I feel ya man.

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