Michael Levin

Michael Levin is a News Columnist at Grit Daily.

From Their Kitchens And Living Rooms, The Boston Pops Thank Essential Workers

The Boston Pops released a special video tribute this morning to essential workers from hospitals to grocery stores, featuring John Williams’ classic fanfare, Summon the Heroes, originally written for the 1996 Summer Olympics. “The idea originated in the trumpet section,” says Boston Pops’ conductor Keith Lockhart. “We want to make a meaningful gesture toward the individuals on the frontlines of the pandemic, who are putting themselves at risk for the good of society.” Seventy-eight members of...

This Boston Catering Firm’s Got The Recipe For Surviving The Pandemic

You’re a small business owner and you’re wondering how you can survive the COVID-19 pandemic without losing all your employees or shutting your doors. One business owner, Victor Grillo, CEO of Cricket Café & Catering, a high-end Boston catering firm, may just have found the recipe. Cricket serves up to 4,000 catered meals a day to firms like Google, Monster, and many of the top financial firms in Downtown Boston. With catering business suddenly disappearing, Grillo knew he had to come up...

How Small Businesses Can Get Through The Coronavirus Scare

Lost in the news reports of the coronavirus scare are damaged airlines, hotel chains, and cruise lines is the effect of the pandemic on small businesses and creators around the world.   Major corporations can weather the storm, but for privately-owned companies like bars and restaurants, survival is not guaranteed.   “In the last week,” says Nelson Braff, owner of Midtown Manhattan steakhouse Hunt & Fish Club NYC, “we’ve had eleven event cancellations for the month of March....

The Temptations: Will Artificial Intelligence Ever Replace Broadway Shows?

Last week I went to the Imperial Theater to see Ain’t Too Proud, a biography in song and dance of the ultimate Motown supergroup, The Temptations. It was one of the many Broadway shows that are often overlooked in favor of heavy hitters like Cats or Wicked, but is still entertaining nonetheless. The performance reminded me of why people go to Broadway in the first place. The music, the dancing, the acting, and the story, surprisingly, are all secondary. Why We Go to the Theater The real reason...

Could AI Conduct Orchestras Better Than People?

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, under the direction of legendary violinist Music Director Joshua Bell came to Boston last week, thanks to the Celebrity Series of Boston, offering a program of Mozart, Paganini and Brahms. Its visit reignited one of the oldest questions in classical music: Who needs conductors? And even more: who needs human conductors? And now, could AI conduct orchestras better than people? Academy of St. Martin in the Fields For decades, the orchestra Academy of St....

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