Patrick Kingsley, a global correspondent, and Laetitia Vancon, a photojournalist, are driving greater than 3,700 miles to discover the reopening of the European continent after coronavirus lockdowns. Read all their dispatches.
To bypass the restrictions enforced on society by the pandemic, cultural establishments have principally turned to the web. Museums have held on-line panels, theaters have streamed performs on their web sites, and orchestras have uploaded their again catalogs.
In Stuttgart, Germany, two state-funded orchestras — the Stuttgart State Orchestra and the Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra — try to do one thing extra private. They’ve settled on a series of one-on-one concerts through which one orchestra member performs for one viewers member, with out ever talking to them.
After making use of to attend on-line, concertgoers are then allotted a slot in one in every of 27 websites across the metropolis. They embrace Stuttgart’s abandoned airport, an artwork gallery, the backyard of a non-public villa — and the terrace beside the winery, the place Claudia Brusdeylins, a 55-year-old publicist for a renewable power analysis group, heard a rendition of “Greensleeves.”
The viewers of 1 arrives with no data concerning the music that awaits her or him, or the performer or instrument that can present it. The individual merely is requested to sit down down reverse the musician, and to lock eyes with the participant for 60 seconds.
Then the musician performs for 10 minutes — typically squeezing in two or three items. They have a tendency to reach having rehearsed a handful of potential items, however change the ultimate choice for every efficiency. Ms. Brusdeylins was subsequently handled to a part of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1.
Lastly, the concertgoer stands up and leaves with out applauding, normally wordlessly. There isn’t a ticket payment, however attendees can donate as a substitute to a fund for freelance musicians left with out an revenue by the disaster.