A celebrated soloist, contemporary composers, and an artist-led charitable cause for musicians impacted by COVID-19 team up to present MOTO VIRTUO, an online concert with cellist Ovidiu Marinescu to benefit the New Music Solidarity Fund. The concert will be held on Saturday, May 9 at 2:00 PM EDT on the PARMA Live Stage:
The New Music Solidarity Fund is an artist-led initiative administered by the 501(c)3 non-profit organization New Music USA providing emergency grants to musicians impacted by the current health crisis, and this concert is an extension of PARMA’s ongoing MOTO series, which has been praised as “bold and expressive” (Gramophone Magazine) and “tight, musical, technically virtuosic” (The Whole Note).
Since its launch in 2012, the MOTO series has premiered works by nearly three dozen composers through its pairing of the recording of full-length albums with live release concerts at Carnegie Hall.
This live online program presents works by Nora Morrow, Betty R. Wishart, L Peter Deutsch, Hilary Tann, Dave Williams, J.S. Bach, and a premiere of one of the cellist’s own compositions.
This project and concert will be a slightly different affair than usual. “With the global challenges presented by the virus, we felt it was important to keep creating and performing in these times and hopefully do something positive for the community at the same time,” says PARMA Recordings CEO Bob Lord.
“So while it will take place from Ovidiu’s home instead of the stage at Carnegie, I think this program is a wonderful way to come together to help New Music USA’s very good cause.”
Cellist Ovidiu Marinescu
“Continuing our ongoing collaboration with a virtual concert is one small step toward manifesting the reality that we all hope for, a future return to music making in a common physical space. In the meantime, music creativity and community still lives,” says Marinescu.
“We are pleased to have PARMA’s support with this concert and hope it will help raise both awareness and funds for the plight of new musicians in today’s suddenly perilous gig economy,” says Megan Ihnen of New Music USA.
Please visit our Tip Jar for the New Music Solidarity Fund on the PARMA Live Stage page to contribute to the Fund. The Tip Jar will be open until May 15, 2020.
Visit www.parmarecordings.com and www.newmusicusa.org/content/solidarity-fund for more information.