By Lucien Libert
PARIS (Reuters) – It is an excellent pairing for the COVID-19 period: a musician who can’t play for a reside viewers and opulent museums that can’t welcome guests. Cellist Camille Thomas has put them collectively to create what she hopes shall be a balm for troubled occasions.
She is finishing up a collection of solo performances of traditional works set in opposition to a backdrop of abandoned museum interiors in and round Paris. They’re filmed and posted on the Web.
Through the pandemic, she has carried out on the Palace of Versailles, the Institute of the Arab World and is scheduled subsequent week to carry out on the Grand Palais, an unlimited exhibition house subsequent to the Champs Elysees. All of the venues are shut due to France’s COVID-19 lockdown.
A YouTube video of her performing on the Museum of Ornamental Arts in Paris in October had been seen 36,575 occasions as of Friday.
“I needed to symbolise with these photos the loneliness of musicians with out the general public, of museums with out guests,” mentioned Thomas.
She was talking in a room of the Museum of Ornamental Arts this week the place she performed the Kaddish, a chunk written by twentieth century French composer Maurice Ravel.
“In fact folks want medical care on this pandemic time however in addition they want look after the soul,” mentioned Thomas, 32, who has a recording contract with a classical music label.
“I consider that artwork and music is therapeutic and it is important to … really feel that, after this tough time, all this magnificence is ready, it is nonetheless there and it is value combating for it.”
(Writing by Christian Lowe; Modifying by Janet Lawrence)