In several The Tech Guy radio shows of the past weeks, one recurring topic was that musicians were looking for remote conferencing solutions that allowed them to practice and play together.
Today, Friday, at 3 PM CET, (US: Friday early morning at 6 AM Pacific, 9 AM Eastern), there will be a very interesting combination of an international / chamber / distributed concert of Bach’s Saint John Passion, hosted in Leipzig, Germany - in the very church where Bach lived, worked, and composed the passion. The twist is: the chamber concert is played in Leipzig, but it incorporates live-contributions from choirs and solist from around the world. The article mentions something about preponing an event that originally aimed to include 5000 singers but I am not fully certain they can include that many in the preponed set-up. It is intended to also encourage and include chiming in from home (not on stream, but maybe better).
I believe it’s a great way of combining technology with culture, history, and facing a crisis. At the very least, it might be interesting to see how well it works.
This is the trailer of the concert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1ngqTRbp08
Google translated page of the publisher (German public television): https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mdr.de%2Fkultur%2Fthemen%2Fbachpassion-leipzig-stream-100.html
Now I am not too big on church, but big on music, tech, and such a community-oriented, well-spirited, and innovative approach and I think this is lovely - I’ll be certain to watch, why not tag along? Let’s go to the concert together!
That said - happy Easter, everyone! (coloured eggs and a)