This 11 June 2020 video from the USA says about itself:
Musicians perform a virtual gala in COVID-19 lockdown
Theatres around the world are closed, and there is no indication of when – or if – they will reopen.
Like many of us, the leader of the Metropolitan Opera and Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, has been in lockdown during the pandemic.
He has used his time in isolation to organize his musicians and singers to stage a touching artistic triumph, online.
Al Jazeera’s Mike Hanna has more.
RALLY AT YOUR OWN RISK Those registering for President Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, next week will notice a message on his campaign website when they sign up: You may contract COVID-19 at the rally, but it’s not Trump’s fault and you can’t sue. The legal disclaimer is the closest Trump has come in weeks to acknowledging that the coronavirus is still rapidly spreading. The number of cases leaped past 2 million this week while outbreaks grow in 21 states and more than a dozen see record surges. But that isn’t stopping his return to holding rallies on June 19, a day recognized as the end of slavery in the U.S., in a city known for the worst racist massacre in American history. Black Tulsans are calling Trump’s plan “a slap in the face.” [HuffPost]
Trump’s planned rally in Tulsa is almost blasphemous.
REPUBLICANS MOVE CONVENTION EVENTS TO FLORIDA After weeks of uncertainty about the future of this year’s Republican National Convention, the GOP said several of the convention’s major events would be moved from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Jacksonville, Florida. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) had refused to relax his state’s social-distancing restrictions for the event. But Florida has no rules — and a burgeoning second wave of coronavirus infections. [HuffPost]
FIRST KNOWN COVID-19 PATIENT TO RECEIVE DOUBLE LUNG TRANSPLANT A young woman whose lungs were destroyed beyond repair by the coronavirus received a new set of lungs at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital last week. It’s reportedly the first time a COVID-19 patient in the U.S. has undergone a double lung transplant. Dr. Ankit Bharat, who performed the surgery, told reporters that the woman — who is in her 20s and had no serious underlying medical conditions prior to contracting COVID-19 — had some of the most damaged lungs he’d ever seen. [HuffPost]
MNUCHIN SAYS BAILOUT RECIPIENTS ARE A SECRET The Trump administration said it plans to keep the identities of more than 4.5 million businesses that received a government bailout through the Paycheck Protection Program a secret. Normally, the Small Business Administration discloses the names of borrowers from the program on which it based PPP. But Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said his department considered that information “proprietary” and “confidential.” [HuffPost]
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