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Coping with COVID-19

Making Music Together

One of the things that we can share through the internet is music. As such, here is one of the most inspiring efforts we’ve seen this week–a virtual performance of Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “What the World Needs Now Is Love” by students from Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Berklee College of Music.

Shelbie Rassler, a senior composition major at Boston Conservatory, shared a post on Facebook enticing others to take a video of themselves singing, dancing or playing an instrument to some part of the song or the whole song. Compiling these videos together made a virtual performance of the whole song!

“What the world needs now is love sweet love y’all let’s make it happen.” – Shelbie Rassler 


For Work or For Fun: Music Production

Another way of making music together is through a “multiplayer music” app called Endless. It is aimed at users who are familiar with the basics of music production and synthesis while remaining somewhat accessible to those who aren’t. Though it probably won’t become a staple of bedroom producers, it could be a fun way to pass the time while cooped up at home.

Virtual Concerts

But aren’t all concerts postponed or cancelled because of the pandemic? Not quite.

URGNT LIVE is an ad hoc crowd-funded livestream series of 19 concerts in empty venues created in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The goal is:

  • To unify the arts industry in Toronto (musicians, presenters, technicians, organizers) in a safe and creative way
  • To raise money to pay a nominal fee to all involved parties to help with lost gigs/wages as a result of the quarantine
  • To document this bizarre period in history in our city
  • To make compelling content available to audiences when we need it most

For more information, visit their Facebook page: URGNTmusic

The Burlington Performing Arts Center created BPAC at Home to bring performances, in video and audio forms, as well as interactive education and enrichment, directly to you. Find programming, downloads and activities on the BPAC website.