One of the sectors hit hardest by the pandemic was the arts industry. By 2021, the prolonged closure cost Massachusetts close to $600 million.
Now that we’re on the other side of the shutdown, how are the arts sector and the creative ecosystem faring? Michael J. Bobbitt, head of Mass Cultural Council, joins The Culture Show host and GBH News Executive Arts Editor Jared Bowen to answer that question across the Commonwealth, from Boston to the Berkshires.
From there, a conversation about music as memory. Boston Globe classical music critic Jeremy Eichler joins us to talk about his new book, "Time's Echo," which looks at how four composers used classical music to articulate the unspeakable horrors of WWII and memorialize the victims of the Holocaust.
Finally, it’s an adaptation of "Moby Dick" — with strings attached. A new stage adaptation, titled the same as Melville's 1851 classic, is told with 50 puppets, seven actors and video projections over a mere 85 minutes. The artistic director behind this innovative show, Yngvild Aspeli, closes out the show by previewing the upcoming ArtsEmerson production.
It's all on The Culture Show — listen to the full episode above!