Charles Wood: Lord, When We Bow Before Thy Throne
True Voices Cape Town

Thomas Tallis: If ye love me
The King’s Singers

And is it here now?

No live audience. Everyone distanced. One on a part strings. But still it’s quite beautiful.

I do wonder about those playing strings that must have opted for no mask.

From the YouTube page:
Join members of the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn and its music director, Dirk Kaftan, for a special “pandemic version” of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, the “Pastoral.” This new orchestration of the Pastoral was arranged according to social distancing guidelines aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, which meant that only some members of the orchestra could play together. In addition, the brass and woodwinds section was actually positioned outside the building where recording took place, and watched Maestro Kaftan conducting on a large video monitor.

The Beethoven Orchestra Bonn had a busy year of concerts planned to mark the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth – concerts that had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. This performance was the first time that the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn and Dirk Kaftan had been able to meet since the pandemic hit, and it was a very special and moving experience for all of them.

The location where they performed is also special: La Redoute, a sumptuous 18-century hall built for royal balls. Ludwig van Beethoven himself performed there, and it’s said to be where he met Joseph Haydn, who encouraged him to move to Vienna.

Speaking about this performance, Dirk Kaftan said, “Music is not only connected to the time in which it’s composed, but also to the time in which it’s performed.” And indeed, this special concert is very much a direct response to, and a reflection of, the time in which it was performed.
#Beethoven6 #DirkKaftan #BeethovenOrchestraBonn

Kevin Johnson conducts the Spelman College Glee Club in a powerful performance of James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson’s ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing,’ arranged by Roland Carter (recorded live Feb. 22, 2019).

From Sons of Serendip

It’s been a long time coming, but a change is gonna come. If that is your hope, please share this video.

From the YouTube channel of Demarre McGill

A month ago, my colleagues from across the USA and I decided to record Lift Every Voice and Sing to inspire young black musicians who don’t often see representation of themselves in orchestral music. Instead, here we are again mourning senseless loss of lives and fighting for justice. This recording is for every protester, every freedom fighter, everyone who needs to be lifted up, and to honor George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the numerous others whose lives have been stolen by police violence.

Arranged by Fred Onovwerosuoke aka Fredo
Executive Producer – Titus Underwood
Video production and audio engineering – Enrico Lopez-Yanez

Flute – Demarre McGill (Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Principal Flute)
Flute- Ebonee Thomas (The Dallas Opera, Second Flute/Piccolo
Oboe – Titus Underwood (Nashville Symphony, Principal Oboe)
Oboe – Geoffrey Johnson (Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Acting Second Oboe)
Clarinet – Anthony McGill (New York Philharmonic, Principal Clarinet)
Clarinet – Alex Laing (Phoenix Symphony, Principal Clarinet)
Bassoon – Andrew Brady (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Principal Bassoon)
Bassoon – Marlene Ngalissamy (Marlboro Music Festival & Curtis Institute 2020)
Contrabassoon – Anthony Parnther (San Bernardino & Southeast Symphony, Conductor)
Horn – Jeffrey Scott (Oberlin College & Conservatory Professor of Horn, Imani Winds)
Horn – Amanda Collins (University of Missouri, Assistant Professor of Horn)
Horn – Priscilla Rinehart (Sarasota Orchestra, Second Horn)
Horn – Adedeji Ogunfolu (Pacific Symphony, Second Horn)


Today will feature some important music.

From the YouTube Channel of the Sphinx Organization

Lift Every Voice and Sing
Exigence Vocal Ensemble
Arranged by Joel Thompson

With a number of concertmasters from around the US. Isn’t it amazing what can be done these days? I’m grateful.

Bach Double Concerto in D minor, Largo

Peter C. Lutkin: The Lord Bless You and Keep You
St. Laurence Catholic Church Choir

The Lord’s Prayer
The University of the Philippines Concert Chorus; Jai Sabas-Aracama, Conductor; Ray Sison, Flute