Global Concert Celebrates Community Health Workers

By Dr. Bethanie Hansen

Faculty Director, School of Arts & Humanities, American Public University

Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) and international advocacy organization Global Health announced an exciting concert opportunity at a WHO live press conference in Geneva. The goals of the “One World: Together At Home” concert aim to bring the world together, create awareness and combine resources to fight the worldwide pandemic. In particular, the concert celebrates “brave community health workers on the front lines.”

Idea for a Global Concert Inspired by Chris Martin of Coldplay

During the live-streamed video, Martin performed music to connect with people focused on stopping the spread of the coronavirus. At the start of his video, Martin said, “Who knows…. Maybe tomorrow someone else will take it over?”

Martin’s in-home music video began a series of at-home, live-streamed concerts presented by other performing artists, including:

· John Legend

· Charlie Puth

· Niall Horan

· Common

· OneRepublic

· Christine and the Queens

· Ziggy Marley

The movement for at-home concerts continued to grow. This week, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, World Health Organization Director-General, announced the plan for the “One World: Together At Home” concert which will be broadcast on various channels worldwide. As noted in the WHO news release, the concert will also benefit “local and regional charities that provide food, shelter, and healthcare to those that need help most.”

Concert to Be Broadcast over Several US and International Networks

Internationally, BBC One will run the program on Sunday, April 19. Additional international broadcasters include beIN Media Group, MultiChoice Group and RTE. Other venues will include online platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Alibaba, Amazon Prime Video, Yahoo and others.

Curated by Lady Gaga, the concert will be hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and Stephen Colbert, with friends from Sesame Street. Performers will include:

· Alanis Morissette

· Andrea Bocelli

· Billie Eilish

· Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day

· Burna Boy

· Chris Martin

· David Beckham

· Eddie Vedder

· Elton John


· Idris and Sabrina Elba

· J Balvin

· John Legend

· Kacey Musgraves

· Keith Urban

· Kerry Washington

· Lang Lang

· Lizzo

· Maluma

· Paul McCartney

· Priyanka Chopra Jonas

· Shah Rukh Khan

· Stevie Wonder

Music brings us people together, and this virtual concert is a great opportunity to come together as a worldwide community for some much-needed connection and relief. Music itself can elevate us. It draws out our innate creativity, emotions, and the sense of speaking and being heard in a way words alone cannot express.

As Nicholas Cords, violist for the Brooklyn Rider quartet and faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music, said, “the creative spark within [us] can never be taken away, and… it is incredibly sustaining and life-affirming.” And of course, music reassures us with the enduring hope that history confirms — we’re going to be all right.

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