Livestream concerts pioneered 20 years ago take new meaning for Brooklyn College professor
Brooklyn College professor Jeffrey Biegel says he could have never imagined how something he pioneered more than 20 years ago would be so crucial today.
"I created what was the first classical video livestreams with the help of the director of the artist department at Steinway and Sons, and we literally turned Steinway Hall, which is now a historic landmark on 57th Street, New York into this concert hall,” said Biegel.
Little did he know that in 2020 when people wouldn't be able to go out to recitals, this is exactly what he would be doing from his home -- every Saturday at 5 in the evening live on Youtube and Facebook.
He says it's a unique audience experience and actually has some advantages to being in a large venue. “The chat is kind of like a way for people to talk about what they are experiencing while they are listening and watching the music at the same time and that's a wonderful audience interaction that you cannot get in a concert hall situation,” says Biegel.
Biegel has even composed two waltzes of hope of his own while quarantining. He says with both his original music and his weekly concerts he's hoping to provide people with some beautiful melodies and a sense of comfort.
"Just a pleasant escape from what's happening around them keeping them home, staying safe listening to music,” says Biegel.
He says especially during this difficult time, he's grateful for the technology we have and of course, music.
"We are OK if we are home and we can still do our music,” says Biegel.