By Vicki Weisfeld
Performers worldwide are mining new veins of creativity to reach and engage with the people who normally would fill the seats. Theaters aren’t the only ones. Take a look at the innovative “virtual choir” Reach Project from Concora. You can see the singers, view the words and music, and you can sing along, or just listen and enjoy.
Concora is a long-established Connecticut ensemble of professional singers considered “a model of choral artistry,” directed by Chris Shepard. Shepard has combined lovely (singable) music by composer Martin Sedek with the words of Lynn Ungar’s moving poem “Pandemic” to create a Zoom concert of many voices.
That isn’t all. The project provides the musical score for the different parts and a record function, so you can sing it too, on your own or as part of a group.
My favorite lines from Ungar’s poem are “Know that we are connected in ways that are terrifying and beautiful. (You could hardly deny it now.) Know that our lives are in one another’s hands. (Surely, that has come clear.)”