All of us at Holland America Line are wishing you the best during this unprecedented time. While we dream of future travels, we’ll continue to bring the joy of the Holland America Line experience to you with our HAL@Home series.
Every day, all over the world, countless musicians have performed on our ships. We’ve always believed that music has the power to bring us closer together and we need that now more than ever. So, until Lincoln Center Stage returns to the seas, we’ll bring the music to you.
Lincoln Center Stage, part of the Music Walk venues on many of our ships, offers outstanding chamber music, from classical to contemporary, featuring world-class performers.
Scroll down below for some phenomenal “Lincoln Center Living Room” performances by our incredibly talented musicians who are still at home.
Lincoln Center Stage Pianist Mohamed Shams Performs Franz Schubert’s “Impromptu in G Flat Major”
From Cairo, Egypt, Mohamed’s musical training includes Cairo Conservatoire, Manhattan School of Music and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He played his first recital at age eight, and when not playing his own music, he enjoys Beyoncé, reading and ping-pong.
Lincoln Center Stage Cellist Qiele Guo Performs an Innovative Cello Arrangement of a Piece by English Composer Edward Elgar
Cellist Qiele Guo, whose first name is pronounced the same as his instrument, comes from Chengdu, China. Qiele trained at Colburn Conservatory, and enjoys listening to a variety of music genres, including barbershop quartets. His first musical experience was walking on his mother’s piano at age three.
Lincoln Center Stage Musicians and Married Couple Jesus Saenz and Kelly McGarry Play J.S. Bach’s “Concerto for Two Violins”
From Lima, Peru, violinist Jesus Saenz’s diverse musical study includes National Conservatory of Music (Peru), Texas Christian University, University of North Texas and Boston Conservatory at Berklee. At age 12, Jesus conducted 150 musicians playing the Peruvian National Anthem.
New York violinist Kelley McGarry’s musical training includes Boston Conservatory and Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Also a florist, Kelley’s musical path was undetermined until she participated in a reading of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 — she hasn’t looked back since.
Lincoln Center Stage Violinist Sheng-Ching Hsu Performs Bach’s Andante Movement from “Violin Sonata No. 2”
Born in Taiwan, violinist Sheng-Ching Hsu began improvising when she was three. Sheng-Ching went on to study music at Mannes College of Music, The Juilliard School and Stony Brook University.
Stay tuned for more HAL@Home videos!