Since this is a long holiday weekend, I plan to catch up on some favorites I’ve been looking forward to (re-)watching, on YouTube:  Wigmore Hall (so many great recitals!); Stars in the House, a marathon fundraiser for The Actors Fund; the Hans Christian Andersen Virtual Summer Series (because who doesn’t enjoy a great story, well told?); Tiny Desk (Home) Concerts; Clearwater Presents the Great Hudson River Revival (also available in one-hour chunks); and (last but definitely not least) Broadway Bares: Twerk from Home, a fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.  Have a safe and happy holiday!


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

Cocktails with a Curator:  Reynolds’s Selina, Lady Skipwith, with Curator Aimee Ng
Friday, July 2, 5pm
Livestream now, on-demand after July 16
Don’t miss the final episodes of the Frick’s critically acclaimed, award-winning online program Cocktails with a Curator. The series finale premieres on Friday, July 16.  The Frick is profoundly grateful for the enthusiastic response the series received and is proud to have provided a sense of connection for art lovers around the globe during a year of unprecedented isolation.  While Cocktails with a Curator is coming to an end, we are pleased to announce a forthcoming publication inspired by the program. After the finale, enjoy all sixty-five episodes of the series anytime on YouTube.

Aspen Music Festival Special Event: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
Saturday, July 3, 5:30 pm MT
Aspen Festival Orchestra, Robert Spano conductor, Jeanine de Bique soprano, Lauren Decker mezzo-soprano, Lawrence Brownlee tenor, Will Liverman baritone, Kantorei chorus, Joel Rinsema chorus director. The livestream will be broadcast directly from the performance and will only be available to view on the AMFS Virtual Stage while the event is live. The stream will not be available to view once the concert has ended.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in performance at Lincoln Center
For a limited time, Ailey is thrilled to share videos of the Company performing on stage. This program includes Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, Ronald K. Brown’s Grace, Robert Battle’s Takademe, and Alvin Ailey’s Revelations. An audio description version of the film is available here.
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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!

All times are EDT unless otherwise noted.

Photo: Aspen Music Festival tent © Aspen Music Festival and School