The Covid-19 shutdown devastated the entertainment world, and its effects are still being felt in the field of classical music. It was also a strangely exciting time, full of the possibilities of reinvention, in ways that resonate in the many Zoom talks and podcasts from that period, though they haven't fully come to p
Vanity Fair: "Furloughed musicians and a new digital frontier: performing arts in the Covid-19 shutdown." My article on the shutdown's effects and the prognosis for the arts. (4/20)
The David Taylor podcast: I talk to British arts entrepreneur David Taylor about music criticism, the #MeToo movement, and the arts in the time of Covid-19. (4/20)
The Next Track: On this podcast, described as "about how people listen to music today," I discuss the effects of the Covid-19 shutdown as well as my book-in-progress. (5/20)
In Series: On a shutdown-inspired webcast called "IN Conversation IN Our Pajamas," I talk to artistic director Tim Nelson about the shutdown, my book, and the role of a critic in today's music world. (5/20)
The American Interest: The magazine hosted a Zoom discussion with me to talk about my book, women in classical music, and music criticism. (5/20)
The Alma Ensemble Summer Interview Series: The three members of this piano trio ask thoughtful questions about the shutdown, my work, and my book-in-progress. (7/20)
HERstory podcast, hosted by Casidy Reed, features underrepresented voices in classical music. I talk about #metoo, music journalism, and the future of the field. (8/20)
The Everything Will Be Okay Podcast: I talk to Jenna Simeonov, creator of the webzine Schmopera, about classical music and the Covid shutdown. (9/20)
Make Monday Mine: Deborah Claire Procter is the host of this "space for joined up thinking;" we discussed creativity, criticism, and the Covid shutdown. (9/20)
The Forte Podcast: Enterprising 17-year-old clarinetist Aaron Lipsky has created an engaging podcast featuring various figures in the classical music world. (10/20)
The Spanish Orchestra Foundation (AEOS) and the Global Leaders Program: Part of a shutdown series "Resetting the stage," this international panel addressed how to get audiences back into theaters after Covid-19. (6/20)
The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) annual conference plenary session, "The Ethics of a Profession," about #MeToo, racial discrimination, and more. (6/20)
The Shakespeare Theatre Company devoted an episode of its weekly webcast to Shakespeare and Opera: I was happy to join Russell Thomas and Francesca Zambello in a lively discussion. (7/20)
Sound Lab: The composer Paul Steenhuisen interviews several people, including me, about amusing encounters with contemporary music. (6/20)
Race and Gender in Music Criticism: A panel of critics, moderated by Natasha Gauthier, convened by the Florence Price Festival. (8/20)
P&P Live: Alex Ross, music critic of the New Yorker, and I talk about his new book, "Wagnerism," hosted by the bookstore Politics & Prose and the Wagner Society of DC. (9/20)
Fall for the Book: The online book festival presents Philip Kennicott, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post critic, and me in conversation about his memoir "Counterpoint: a memoir of Bach and mourning.". (11/20)
THE SHOW: In the spring of 2020, the Pakistani artist Amin Gulgee and the curators Sara Pagganwala and Adam Fahy-Majeed teamed up to create a virtual art exhibition as a reaction to the ongoing Covid-19 shutdown. More than 80 artists from around the world contributed a wide range of videos, some made directly in response to the shutdown, some of existing works that in the current climate took on a new resonance. Scheduled as a one-off Facebook event on April 25th, the show has become a kind of virtual museum, since all of the videos are still viewable on the original Facebook page.
THE PANEL: In September, the organizers hosted a post-show discussion with seven of the show's participants about art and social justice in the time of Covid. I can't embed the Facebook video here, but the discussion between artists from around the globe is worth following, apart from the obligatory hacker intervention around 23:40 - an unplanned performance-art element. (My contribution begins at 1:14:27; other speakers are Faisal Anwar, bankleer, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Birgitta Hosea, Alana Hunt, and Lionel Manga, with an opening vocal improvisation by Aida Nosrat.)
After the show, the curators produced a beautiful illustrated e-catalogue outlining their vision for the show and a summary of its contents, with additional essays by Lionel Manga, Bina Shah, and me (see page 197).
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