Orchestras and large bands are not able to perform live in the concert hall in these strange COVID19 times. However, single musicians can!
Short micro concerts. 1 musician, 1 listener, seated in front in phsyical distance, a short piece of solo repertoire opens a very intense peer-to-peer music expierience. The New York Times reports on this event from Stuttgart Airport, Germany.
Musicians from the Stuttgart Opera Orchestra and the South West German Radio Symphony startet these concerts a couple of days earlier. The Saxonian Staatskapelle Dresden offers similiar formats across the City of Dresden. More German orchestras have been encouraged to follow these good examples of community outreach avtivities.
Due to the fact that most orchestra members remain nearly fully paid during the lockdown, they may offer their 1 to 1 concerts for free. However, musicians ask listeners for charity donations in favor of the #MusikerNothilfe, the freelance musicians hardship fund, established by the German Orchestra Foundation on March 16, 2020.
This fund ist under the patronage of the Stateminister for Media and Culture Monika Gruetters and the Berlin Philharmonic chief conductor Kirill Petrenko. The fund has collected and distributed 1.6 Mio Euros to 4.000 freelance musicians in hardship so far.