This Saturday at 8pm, singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer will present a concert entitled “The Age of Possibility: A Moment and Movement” online through the Ark in Ann Arbor. She will also be joined by pianist Gary Walters and violinist Allie Summers.
I’m particularly excited for this event because I attended another one of Carrie Newcomer’s virtual concerts earlier this summer, and it was an excellent experience. Her online concerts are presented through a platform called Mandolin, which is similar to Zoom, but developed specifically for music. Though I was a little skeptical of the idea of an online concert at first, the platform has a chat through which audience members can engage with the artists, and you can even react by sending different emojis (such as hearts or clapping) throughout the performance. Even though we can’t be in person, and even though the experience was definitely a new and novel one, it was a way to feel a sense of connection and community across time and space.
To purchase tickets, visit https://www.theark.org/shows-events/2020/oct/17/carrie-newcomer. Tickets are $20 for an individual and $30 for a family, and the link to the concert is sent out after purchasing. Additionally, this concert is a way to support the Ark, a local arts venue!