COVID-19 update: Many singers, one song: Brooklyn College student’s virtual project brings voices together
On the front lines of the war on COVID-19, there are many civilian heroes going out of their way, as volunteers and contributors. Also, many who are elected to serve are going the extra mile. In this column the Eagle hopes to give our readers an ongoing update on those fighting in the front lines.
On Friday, Brooklyn College student Harrison Sheckler released a virtual rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” by Rodgers and Hammerstein with the help of 300 musicians and singers from 15 countries. The video can be found here. Scheckler is currently taking six classes while studying remotely from his parents’ home in Iowa. “I left New York City on March 14, anticipating a short absence,” said Sheckler, who turned 24 in April. “The Brooklyn College Choir had been preparing for performances with the New York Philharmonic, and then that was gone. Arriving home in Iowa, I found comfort in playing this beautiful song from the musical ‘Carousel,’ which coincidentally is celebrating its 75th anniversary.”
Rodgers & Hammerstein Movie Night will return on Friday, May 8th with a live viewing party of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I” at 8:00 p.m. EST. The production will be available for free viewing on BroadwayHD, and can be streamed in North America by visiting this link. The viewing party is hosted by The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, Playbill and BroadwayHD, in association with Trafalgar Entertainment. The Production will star Tony Award-winner Kelli O’Hara (Anna Leonowens), Ken Watanabe (The King),Tony Award-winner Ruthie Ann Miles (Lady Thiang), Dean John-Wilson (Lun Tha) and Na-Young Jeon (Tuptim), and will be available to view for free for 48 hours after its broadcast.
A grassroots coalition of 12 women shop owners in Brooklyn have joined forces to launch BetterTogetherBrooklyn.com, a shopping website that will function like “a miniature version of Amazon,” according to co-founder Tara Silberberg. Through the website, people can buy locally online with one-stop virtual shopping. The site is the brainchild of three Park Slope women business owners, Tara Silberberg of The Clay Pot, Swati Argade of Bhoomki, and Jennifer DeLuca of BodyTonic Pilates. “In our women’s small business group, we realized early on that we had a local audience hungry to support us,” Silberberg said. “It’s a radical rethinking of retail. Usually we are all in competition with each other, now we are supporting each other.”