I'm Martin Chalifour, concertmaster of the LA Phil. Two weeks ago, I participated in my first live concert since quarantine began - a drive-in presented by Mainly Mozart. It is the first classical concert series by a major arts org in front of a l...
Edit: This was so much fun! Dr. Prokocimer and I will be signing off for now but we will try our best to check back in later today and tomorrow. Please support Mainly Mozart. These drive-in concerts are free to the public but not free to operate.
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Hello Reddit! Excited for my first AMA. My name is Martin Chalifour, I am Principal Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and teach at Caltech and the USC Thornton School of Music.
I have also performed with the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra in San Diego for the past thirty years. Mainly Mozart's orchestra is a collection of the country's top orchestral players and a true symbol of musical excellence. On July 11, Mainly Mozart put on the first live classical concert in the U.S. (presented by a major arts organization) in front of a live audience since quarantine began. It was an emotional experience to be back performing in my first concert since mid-March.
I also have infectious disease expert Dr. Philippe Prokocimer here with me (not in person!) to answer any questions you may have regarding the safety of drive-in concerts. Dr. Prokocimer went to medical school in Paris, France, and did his post-doctoral studies at Stanford University's School of Medicine in the 80s and did important work during the AIDs crisis, tuberculosis and antibiotic resistance.
The arts are so incredibly important, if you're able, please consider donating to help us Keep Live Music Alive. You can do so at mainlymozart.org/donate.
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