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On a Positive Note: Lincoln Center Provides Comfort Through 'Memorial for Us All'

Clay McBride

As the number of lives lost to Covid-19 continues to rise, Lincoln Center and New York’s spiritual leaders came together to find a way to fill the void left by the inability to hold traditional funerals and gatherings. The result was “Memorial for Us All,” a weekly online tribute Sundays at 6 pm that combines music chosen and performed by an artist-curator, words of comfort from religious leaders, and the names of people who have died of the virus, submitted by loved ones. The first memorial on May 3, led by Jazz at Lincoln Center Founder and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, included a list of 250 names; this coming Sunday's memorial, led by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, will have about 450. On today's On a Positive Note, Leah Johnson, Lincoln Center’s Executive Vice President and Chief Communications and Marketing Officer, talks about the weekly memorial. 


Rachel Katz is the host of A Tempo which airs Saturdays at 7 pm.