It's a brave new world and I've been spending my quarantine, among other things, getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. We singers are funny in that we don't like to do anything alone. 99.99% of the time we perform alongside SOMEONE, whether it's an instrumentalist or a fellow singer. So social distancing isn't exactly on-brand for our community.
My fellow Juventas New Music Ensemble musicians and I are spending the next several weeks taking turns performing and broadcasting free concerts out of our living rooms for a new series we're calling Stay Home with Juventas. I'll be broadcasting from my home in JP on April 29th at 8PM!
As of right now, I haven't entirely landed on a program. I HATE singing along to pre-recorded tracks, because your performance ends up being entirely focused with keeping in sync with the accompaniment. So I'm exploring some other options and thinking of stepping WAY out of my comfort zone and presenting a completely solo 30 minute streaming concert of voice alone.
It could be WEIRD; it could be UN-MUSICAL; It could also be kind of fun so...TBD on that.
These streams are FREE but Juventas would love your support at this time. They've been wonderful about making sure that all of us will still be paid for our canceled concerts and for continuing to create opportunities for us musicians. You can donate at Juventasmusic.org/donate-now
In addition to Juventas,I've also been keeping busy working with Boston's Opera on Tap. Last week we kicked off a Youtube and IGTV series called Pre-Opera Cocktails. These are short videos introducing each nightly Metropolitan Opera Stream and include a themed cocktail recipe and short synopsis.
Before you go check out the video I made for John Adam's Nixon in China.