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Enjoy this beautiful rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, performed by 300 people from 15 countries.

Here are the liner notes:

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, 300 people from 15 different countries came together to participate in a virtual rendition of the beautiful song “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Carousel. Please share this video to help spread a little hope during this time!

“I left New York City on March 14, anticipating a short absence. The Brooklyn College Choir had been preparing for performances with the New York Philharmonic, and then that was gone. Arriving home in Iowa, I found comfort in playing the beautiful song from the musical Carousel, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone.’ I embarked on collaborating online like so many others are doing. What started to fill the void of music collaboration has evolved to new meaning for me with the lengthened quarantine. Hopefully, the words, ‘you’ll never walk alone,’ along with the visual of 300 people joining together offers the audience some comfort and peace during this time. Stay safe and healthy my friends!”

– Harrison Sheckler
Brooklyn College M.M. ’21 Piano Performance

Audio Mixing and Mastering:
Josh Meyer and Grant Bayer of Zated Records in Cincinnati, Ohio

Video Editing: Harrison Sheckler

Instagram: @harrisonsheckler
Twitter: @HarrisonSheckl1
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This is a special virtual performance by the New York Philharmonic, playing Ravel’s “Bolero,” to honor the city’s brave healthcare workers.


SomeDam Poet warns:

The trolls are waiting under bridge
To pounce upon the passing kids
Disguised as broads and billy goats
With candy and with diet kochs

This is another of the great Internet discoveries that everyone else in the world seems to have discovered.

A friend sent it, and I was mesmerized by the quartet of talented performers.

You will be too! I promise!

Mitchell Robinson is a professor of music education at Michigan State University. He has been remote teaching, and he is not pleased with it at all.

He begins:

A friend asked me how I was doing during this pandemic, and I thought I’d share my perspective as a teacher who has struggled to find my footing in our new reality…

How am I doing, you ask?

To be honest, not well. I’ve been a teacher for 40 years now, and I really love teaching. I love the interactions with my students, and colleagues. I loved teaching high school band for 10 years–I couldn’t believe I got paid to make music with kids–and I really get a thrill now out of helping my college students find their voices as musicians and teachers, and helping them to realize their dreams; whether that’s being a middle school chorus teacher, or an early childhood music teacher, or a freshly minted college professor.

But I didn’t go into teaching to invite students to a Zoom meeting, wear a pair of noise-canceling headphones, and talk through a mic to a Brady-Bunch-style laptop screen where my most frequent advice is to remind my students to “unmute” their microphones. It feels artificial, and stale, and impersonal. Few of my favorite teaching “moves” translate very well to online instruction–no one has figured out how to rehearse a band virtually, and I simultaneously kind of doubt they will, while hoping they won’t.

Because teaching isn’t about the mere transfer of information, like some sort of antiseptic banking transaction. The best teaching is messy, and loud, and unruly, and chaotic, and unpredictable.

And I really, really miss it.

So, not so well.

Now, if there is a silver lining in this situation, I dearly hope that everyone currently struggling with our temporary reality, juggling “homeschooling” (it’s not homeschooling–it’s emergency teaching) with working from home, and mostly failing, will somehow come to understand the real value of public education. That when done well, it’s about much more than just teaching and learning, and about a whole lot more than obsessively testing every student from kindergarten to graduate school, until we’ve beaten the very last drop of joy and wonder out of learning.

If you love Broadway shows, if you love Sondheim, watch “Take Me to the World,” a celebration of Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday, featuring great Broadway stars.

I don’t know how long it will be available—for a day, a week, or forever.

I’m watching now. Join me!

Don’t miss it.

You won’t want to miss this great show!

The celebrated acrobatic troupe Cirque du Soleil will be live-streaming a 60-minute performance TONIGHT of a show called ZED.

It was performed only in Tokyo.

I have seen this group perform twice, and each time was thrilling. Their aesthetic is dazzling. Their physical grace is astonishing.

If you tried to catch their show in Las Vegas, the ticket would cost more than $100.

Don’t miss the chance to see them tonight for free.

I was not familiar with the SGN Channel on YouTube and “Some Good News” with John Krasinski. He tells “good news” stories about people helping each other during these hard times. But in the segment noted here, he pulls off a magical experience.

Billboard wrote about this amazing show where the host talks online to a little girl who was very disappointed when her trip to New York City to see “Hamilton” was canceled.

Krasinski’s wife Emily Blunt played Mary Poppins and she may have helped arrange the great surprise at the end of the show.

Not only does Lin-Manuel Miranda appear to talk to the little girl, but he assembles the original cast of the show to sing the title song.

Please watch this clip to the end. It is thrilling!

The Port Virtual Choir from the Port Washington, New York, school district sings “Seasons of Love.”

A great way to overcome social isolation!

The Getty Museum in Los Angeles invited the public to select a favorite work of art and recreate it in their home, using familiar objects.

The results are impressive.