Much like the music it studies, the early music community has proven to be incredibly resilient, adaptive, and thoughtful during a time filled with uncertainty and isolation.
It is important to distinguish between being not racist and being anti-racist because, as EMA founding member, board member, and gambist Patricia Ann Neely says, “We know that there are subtle forms of racism and that those who are the perpetrators may not even know they are committing the offense.”
Luthiers have so much in common with performing artists: their teachers and their entry into the profession, their incredible passion and perseverance. For the instrument and bow maker, it’s the absolute joy when they hear their creation played and loved by artists who practice thousands of hours to learn the repertoire and finally tell their own stories.
The Acapella app, which allows users to create multi-track videos, singing or playing musical instruments on their own, has recently seen a resurgence among HIP musicians, especially those craving polyphony in this increasingly monophonic world.
Apollo's Fire and Les Délices are addressing the pandemic and showing their commitment to racial diversity in their fall programming.
The trials that the Lyon Académie experienced are strikingly resonant with the onslaught of crises we face in 2020 as musicians, musical organizations, and the world at large navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, social and political upheaval, and economic recession.
“As long as I can remember, inclusion has been an important focus, but it’s come much more to the fore recently,” says cellist Kenneth Slowik, director of both the Smithsonian Haydn Academy and the Oberlin Conservatory's Baroque Performance Institute.
Christopher Macklin discovered the Marian hymn 'Stella celi extirpavit' as a graduate vocal student while delving into the idea of plague and pestilence.
My favorite part of any rehearsal process begins when the focus is on recitative. For many singers, especially those who concentrate on Baroque music, recitative is a Holy Grail of
Musicians have been hit especially hard financially by the coronavirus outbreak because many are freelancers who earn money concert by concert and cannot count on full-time salaries or benefits such as health insurance.
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