Arkansas orchestra performs bedtime lullabies to soothe all your coronavirus anxieties

Every night at 9 p.m., members of the orchestra post videos of themselves performing on Facebook, all from the comfort of their homes in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The short performances are a way for the orchestra members to stay connected with the community while their concerts are canceled, members said.

“Music is alive, but it becomes more alive when you’ve got the audience’s energy coming back at you,” said Drew Irvin, ASO’s co-concertmaster, who came up with the idea. “So for now, we’re going to make that through Facebook.”

The orchestra’s normal concerts usually draw in about 1,000 audience members, Irvin said. The “Bedtime with Bach” series is even more popular, garnering thousands of views. Principal cellist David Gerstein’s performance of “Romance” alone racked up 10,000 views.

In his video, Gerstein performs the Georg Goltermann piece with a couple of his cellist “friends.” His dog, Phyllis, also wanders in frame, seeming to enjoy the music.

“(The audience) never sees our animals or anything and they just see us on stage,” Gerstein said. “So it’s just another little window into who we all are.”

While each video lasts just a few minutes — or even one minute, like with principal trumpet Dick Jorgenson’s performance — the musicians behind them have practiced for hours to ensure they’re delivering their best, according to Gerstein.
Many celebrity musicians such as John Legend, Coldplay and Swae Lee have performed their own home concerts.

But “Bedtime with Bach” viewers…

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