The 21st Show

The show must go on


Musicians across Illinois, like those around the world, have been finding ways to adapt to life in a pandemic. Whether with masks and distancing or perfecting their virtual performances, the show has gone on. The 21st was joined by two musicians in Illinois about adapting to the pandemic and rehearsing remotely. 

This interview originally aired on May 12, 2021.


Martha Horst, Ph.D., Professor of Composition and Theory, Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts, Illinois State University and Composer of “The Universe Remembers Gravitational Waves” (for harp, violin and viola)

Benjamin Melsky, DMA, Harpist for Grossman Ensemble at University of Chicago and Executive Director & Harpist for Ensemble Dal Niente


Prepared for web by Zainab Qureshi and Owen Henderson

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