World Music Day is a connected set of free public events which takes place each year on the 21st June, midsummer’s day; it’s also my birthday, but I don’t think that’s why it was chosen. Last year there were events in 108 countries and 726 cities around the world.
For Music Day 2014, medici.tv are offering its full catalogue entirely free for 24 hours!
Medici.tv broadcasts more than 100 events live from the Salzburg Festival, Operalia, Verbier Festival, Berlin Philharmonic, and many more. They also boast the largest online collection of classical music videos in the world, with 1,400 original programmes available on demand and hundreds of new films being added each year. Operas, ballets, concerts and documentaries can be seen in high-definition, and with archival footage from Callas to Karajan.
This Saturday’s event will give free access to the entire catalogue viewable from PCs, tablets, smartphones and Connected TVs. You need to register, but it’s free so that seems fair enough! Medici.tv have prepared thematic playlists for the day including Claudio Abbado, The World of Dance, Paris Opera and, intriguingly, Under-35-year-old only.
It seems a good way to celebrate the Fête de la Musique (yes, the French invented it in 1982), and while the majority of the events bring music out onto the streets, and some venues offer free concerts, to celebrate with streamed world-class events at home on the tv, or in the park with a smart phone, means that the music or dance comes to you.
World Music Day 2014 with medici.tv.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.