With a little help from science, musicians at the Houston Symphony made their return to the stage

The Houston Symphony has become the blueprint for symphonies across the U.S, as they’ve mastered how to properly social distance for live shows.

Previously the popular orchestra canceled live shows and moved to live-streaming.

SYMPHONY GOES VIRTUAL: Houston Symphony at the vanguard of live-streaming

After months of shutdowns, the company resumed weekly performances at Jones Hall back in July.

With the help from researchers at Rice University, the symphony found a solution to resuming live performances. Rice researchers used high-speed cameras to measure airflow around musicians and their instruments.


The findings from this study coincide with other coronavirus recommendations from the CDC and WHO—social distancing and wearing masks is effective.

In interview with KHOU’s Stephanie Whitfield, Rice University engineering professor Ashok Veeraraghaven explained how tiny “microparticles” are the cause of spread from performers to a larger room.

“Microparticles tend to rise up as soon as they come out of

Read More

a portable keyboard that lights the way for first-time musicians

Piano lessons for me as a child meant sitting down every Tuesday at a shiny black Yamaha upright, looking up at shelves laden with tributes to my piano teacher’s twin obsessions: busts of classical greats like Beethoven and Chopin, and copies of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, to which he contributed every year. I’d sit and play; he’d sit and criticize. And over the course of a torturous six-year education, my teacher, Mr Dyson, instilled in my grumpy teenage self a love of music I can never adequately thank him for. I did my grades, paid my dues, and I’ve played more or less ever since.



a person using a laptop: The Lumi is currently selling as a $299 bundle, which includes a carrying case and discounted subscription for extra content like songs and lessons.


© Image: Roli
The Lumi is currently selling as a $299 bundle, which includes a carrying case and discounted subscription for extra content like songs and lessons.

All this is perhaps why the Lumi keyboard — the slickest, most intriguing piece of musical hardware I’ve

Read More