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Editor's Pick

Once you’ve sent out your last personal and business messages and taken the umpteenth airplane selfie, it’s finally time for some serious YouTube surfing. And as watching live shows is always a fun way to spend a few hours on a flight, especially when they’re expertly shot and produced, here are three great ones for you to enjoy

The BBC broadcast of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s New Year’s Day Concert There are always great concerts to look out for during the post-Christmas and New Year’s period. The traditional BBC broadcast of the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Day concert is definitely one of them, conducted as it is, by Maestro Franz Welser-Möst and shot in the Musikverein golden concert hall. This year was Welser-Möst's third time conducting the New Year’s Day concert, which was essentially composed of Johann Strauss pieces, and ended with his famous Radetzky March and the playful involvement of the audience. This excellent BBC production was broadcast live across 90 different countries and to millions of viewers around the world.

Simon & Garfunkel Live in Central Park Let’s go 42 years back in time and bask in the beautiful Simon & Garfunkel melodies that filled the alleyways and esplanade of Central Park for one special night. The concert completely stands the test of time, as the songs are just as wonderful to listen to today as they were then. Image and sound quality aren’t too shabby, (considering the concert was shot in 1981), and the list of songs performed that night includes all the duo’s beloved hits: Mrs. Robinson, Me and Julio, Wake up little Susie, Late in the evening, Bridge over troubled waters, The sound of silence, etc. The overall musical experience is of absolute delight and makes you wish the two had never split up, as they finally did three years later in 1985.

The BBC Proms The BBC Proms broadcasts launch the yearly summertime Britannia festival, during which more than 70 concerts take place in London’s Albert Hall, as well as in parks across the country. This series of concerts involves some of the best international orchestras and soloists working today and many of the wonderful concerts are available on YouTube. All you need to do to enjoy them, is type BBC Proms and the year you’re interested in, in the search bar. I particularly liked the concert celebrating the 50 th anniversary of the launch of the Mary Poppins movie which took place in 2014, with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and West End soloist Ruthie Henshall, who performed all the movie’s beloved songs, with the joyful participation of the crowd.

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Wishing you a pleasant flight, Tal Kalderon Head Of Inflight Entertainment & Connectivity Customer & Service Division talkal@elal.co.il

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