Watch: ‘What the World Needs Now is Love’ performed virtually by over 70 musicians

A Boston Conservatory at Berklee student arranged the performance.

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People are finding different ways to come together, even if social distancing as a result of the COVID-19 crisis is keeping everyone apart.

For Shelbie Rassler, a composition major at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, that meant getting over 70 of her fellow musicians together virtually for a rendition of “What the World Needs Now is Love” by Burt Bacharach. The performers are all from Berklee College of Music or the Boston Conservatory, an email from the college says.

The result is a unique spin on a classic song, with video of each of the musicians playing or singing their parts, safely socially distanced, but brought together by the music. The credits at the end are accompanied by multiple dancers.

“What started as an idea on my flight home from college ended in a collaboration with some of the most incredible people,” Rassler wrote in the caption of the YouTube video. “I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Watch the full performance:


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