Gotham Early Music Scene (GEMS) presents Midtown Concerts:  Popular Consorts, Songs, and Dances
Thursday, June 24, 1:15-2pm
Livestream followed by Zoom chat and Q&A; then on demand
Midtown Concerts sponsors lunchtime performances of music of the 18th century and earlier. All concerts are free; no tickets or reservations are necessary.  View past livestreams on YouTube or Facebook.  This will be the last concert of the current season.
Watch the livestream

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Front Row Mainstage:  Bohemian Masters
Thursday, June 24, 7:30pm until Thursday, July 1, 7:30pm
Streaming on-demand
CMS has created a series of free virtual concerts featuring archival recordings and including a Q&A with the artists at intermission.  This program features several artists that have performed with CMS at The PAC.
Access CMS virtual concerts.

The Metropolitan Opera presents Verdi’s La Traviata
Sunday, June 27, 7:30pm through Monday, June 28, 6:30pm
Streaming on-demand
In celebration of Pride Month, the Met is paying tribute to some of the extraordinary LGBTQ+ composers, singers, conductors, and directors who have shared their artistry with Met audiences.  Alfredo is sung in this 2017 Live in HD transmission by tenor Michael Fabiano, a 2007 winner of the Met’s National Council Auditions, seen in the documentary The Audition.  I’m looking forward to seeing Fabiano in the same role, captured live at the Glyndebourne Festival 2014, from Sunday, August 1 until Sunday, August 29 on the Glyndebourne website and YouTube channel.
Access Met Opera live opera streams.

Aspen Ideas Festival:  American Futures
Sunday, June 27-Thursday, July 1 (check website for complete schedule)
This free digital festival includes Public Theater Artistic Director (and Aspen Institute Harman/Eisner Artist in Residence) Oskar Eustis and Saheem Ali, The Public’s associate artistic director and resident director, discussing The Performing Arts: Reopening and Returning to a Changed World.  Among the many events, the festival is also offering an on-demand special film screening of Judas and the Black Messiah.
Aspen Ideas Festival 2021

Live with Carnegie Hall presents James Taylor:  Celebrating an American Standard
Thursday, July 1, 7:30pm
More than 40 years after his debut in 1970, James Taylor curated a historic concert to mark Carnegie Hall’s 120th anniversary in 2011. Previously seen only by the sold-out audience in attendance that evening, this epic celebration is now available for music-lovers to enjoy around the world. In addition to Taylor and his band, performers include Vince Bruce, Barbara Cook, Steve Martin, Bette Midler, Kevin Pollak, Dianne Reeves, Sting, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and several special surprises.
Watch on Facebook or YouTube, and join the conversation.
Win a Guitar and LP Set Signed by James Taylor

Culture Picks is a weekly feature celebrating the performing arts. The arts are back and there is so much to take in, both live and virtual. PAC staff member Coni Guhl is here to help you sort through it all. Each week we will post her curated selection of events featuring the artists you know and love from our Center Series, plus a sampling of stellar local experiences. Enjoy!

Photo: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center musicians in rehearsal © Tristan Cook