In an effort to soothe and calm the community, musicians are providing opportunities for people to hear music free of charge.
Portland composer and pianist Michael Allen Harrison is offering a daily concert of "Anti COVID-19 Music" available by email to all who sign up on his website, michaelallenharrison.com. The daily offerings vary in length, from a few minutes to hours.
"(This is music) to work with, study, relax, meditate, pray, background music for your meals — whatever you would like it to be," said Harrison.
Comments Harrison receives confirm his music is needed at this time.
"Just wanted to send my thanks for your daily dose of calm in a chaotic world," wrote Daryl Smith. "I'm fortunate to be able to work from home, but a few minutes of TV news is enough to leave any of us anxious for the safety of our families, friends, country. Your beautiful music helps and I appreciate your contributing your talent freely to help the rest of us calm down a bit. Thank you!"
Another listener, Diana Harestad, shares these words: "There are no words to express how much your music means to me during this horrific coronavirus pandemic," she wrote in an email. "Time spent with your beautiful music is truly the best way for me to find peace and to relax every single day. Thank you so much for thinking of all of us who love your music so much!"
Musicians from The Oregon Symphony are presenting Minute for Music. Listeners are encouraged to tune in every Monday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. on the symphony's Facebook, Instagram and website to watch one-minute videos from Oregon Symphony musicians. You may hear them play a favorite piece, often with unexpected visitors, and they may share music that perhaps you'll enjoy as well, or it may simply be a "day in the life of ..."
Oregon Symphony's website is https://www.orsymphony.org/
Based on an extension of the CDC's guidelines prohibiting gatherings to slow the spread of COVID-19, Oregon Symphony concerts through May 11 have been canceled or postponed. The Oregon Symphony continues to closely monitor the evolving local and global COVID-19 situation, and receives updates from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, Multnomah County and Oregon Health Authority. They will continue to post updates.
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