It’s been over a year since many concerts closed their doors. Musicians and performers were left without work and the general public and music lovers without live art and music. For many, attending concerts and performances with friends was not only an activity, but the opportunity to engage with art in a different way, to share an experience with others, to be surrounded by sound, and to escape the humdrum of day to day life.
Now, many places are cautiously reopening their doors and inviting in the public, but you may still be hesitant to venture out into crowds or unable to get out for other reasons.
Fortunately, many wonderful musical opportunities are available virtually. Check out these live virtual concerts and performances from musicians and performers around the world. This is a great opportunity to support artists during the pandemic and attend different performances (and venues) that you may have never had the chance to see.
Tip: Make the experience special! Share a live concert with your family or friends in your small social bubble. Watch outside or in a space you normally wouldn’t watch TV in. Have dinner or make snacks for the occasion. You can even dress up and take photos to share with others. The experience is what you make of it.
StageIt: StageIt is an online venue where artists perform live, interactive, monetized shows for their fans directly from a laptop, offering fans unique experiences that are never archived. Pay a small price to help musicians continue doing what they love. It’s a win win. https://www.stageit.com/
Song Kick: Live concerts from big name artists are streamed. Support your favorites even from afar. https://www.songkick.com/live-stream-concerts
Classic FM: Are you a classical music fan? Here’s your opportunity to listen to live music in some of the world’s greatest venues. Check out performances through August here. https://www.classicfm.com/music-news/live-streamed-classical-music-concerts-coronavirus/
Renee Fleming with the Philharmonic Society: Watch America’s famous opera star, Renee Fleming take the stage in this virtual concert. https://www.philharmonicsociety.org/concerts-tickets/calendar-of-events/ren%C3%A9e-fleming-soprano
Event Brite: Event Brite makes it possible to watch online concerts, lectures, and webinars about music and the music business. Watch, listen, and learn.
Voices of Hope Festival with Carnegie Hall: This online festival examines the resilience of artists and explores the works they felt compelled to create despite—and often because of—appalling circumstances and human tragedy. Catch the stream through May 31st.
Renew with Machester Camerata: A new collaboration between HOME and Manchester Camerata, designed to calm, centre, refresh and renew, this specially-filmed concert turns the usually bustling surroundings of HOME’s restaurant into a place to focus on your breath, close your eyes and pay attention to your surroundings. Available to stream through June 30th.
Live music is a part of our culture and who we are as people. It is a way for us to connect to each other in a way that transcends words. Live concerts in person will not be gone forever. Remember we will get through this pandemic together.
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