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Tunes on two continents

Updated: Jun 26, 2020

From the U.K. to the U.S., these artists don’t need a concert hall to make magic.

London’s nearly 150-year-old Royal Albert Hall shares “Exclusive Live Sessions” – at-home gigs with acclaimed artists who can’t play the hall but can liven up your living room. Check out innovative Brit singer & cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson whose classical/R&B mix Time Out said, “has to be heard to be believed.” And don’t miss Scotland’s KT Tunstall with great versions of her smash “Black Horse & the Cherry Tree” (at 24:50) and “Suddenly I See” (at 55:54), which “The Devil Wears Prada” fans will recognize.

Street in London with double decker buses and black cabs in traffic

Join Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and a star-studded line-up for a concert bringing attention to the pandemic’s impact on marginalized communities. Global Goal: United for Our Future features remote performances from Coldplay, Jennifer Hudson, Justin Bieber, Shakira, Miley Cyrus, Chloe x Halle and Usher. Beyond the music, the Global Citizen & European Commission hosted event will showcase expert panels about COVID-19.

Catch it: Sat 6/27 @ 8pm EDT on NBC, MTV, YouTube & Twitter

Maroon 5 was way ahead of the curve with a full at-home concert some years ago, which seems eerily apropos today. In an interview mid-show, front man Adam Levine says, “It’s very fun to play in the living room of a house. It makes you feel like a kid again.” Be careful what you wish for, Adam!

The American Ballet Theatre turns 80 this year and they’re sharing music and bonus content in place of their usual spring season through July 4. Each Sunday their orchestra posts new at-home music from ballet scores in bite-sized clips, including this lively piece you may recognize from your cartoon-watching days! Their Weekend Talk Series features chats with dancers like the incomparable Misty Copeland. Catch all the "ABT Offstage" content here.

Hands playing piano keys

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