Already in a reflective mood this week because of September 11, I was very sorry to read that Phil Schaap had died.  Just last year, Jazz at Lincoln Center honored him at their gala, writing, “We could not be more excited to present this year’s [2020] Jazz at Lincoln Center Award for Artistic Excellence to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s own Phil Schaap, a true inspiration to all of us working to keep jazz alive. Through a career of broadcasting jazz on the radio for over 44 years, winning him Grammy Awards for Historical Writing, Producing, and Audio Engineering, Schaap is one of our most passionate and dedicated scholars and a staple in the world of jazz preservation.” The New York Times wrote that the Grammy-winning jazz DJ and historian’s “radio programs…were full of minutiae he had accumulated during a lifetime immersed in the genre.” Read the New York Times article here

White Plains JazzFest presents Jazz at Noon
 Reno with the Pete Malinverni Trio
Friday, September 10, 12pm
White Plains Public Library Plaza, 100 Martine Ave.
Anaïs Reno, having performed with highly acclaimed jazz artists since the age of 10, has had a rapidly growing career as a singer with a love for jazz and the Great American Songbook. Reno will attend Purchase College, SUNY in the fall as an Ella Fitzgerald Scholar. Pete Malinverni is Head of Jazz Studies at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College. He has been a fixture on the New York City jazz scene since moving there in the early 1980s and has recorded fourteen times as a leader in solo piano, trio, quartet, quintet, big band, and choral contexts. This free event will be presented live as well as live-streamed.
Watch the livestream here. Also available on YouTube and Facebook
See the complete September 9-12 JazzFest schedule here

Carnegie Hall Selects presents Mahler’s Symphony No. 4
Streaming for one week starting on Friday, September 10, 12pm
In this performance from 1973 filmed in Vienna’s Musikverein, Leonard Bernstein leads the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with soprano soloist Edith Mathis. Like other classical composers, Mahler achieved many of his professional successes in Vienna, the focus of Carnegie Hall’s 2014 Vienna: City of Dreams festival.
Carnegie Hall Selects: Vienna: City of Dreams

PBS presents Great Performances
Verdi’s Requiem: The Met Remembers 9/11
Broadcast live on PBS Saturday, September 11, 8pm
Great Performances and The Metropolitan Opera present a special live performance of Verdi’s “Requiem” commemorating the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Conducted by Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the concert features performances by the Met orchestra, chorus, and soloists Ailyn Pérez, Michelle DeYoung, Matthew Polenzani, and Eric Owens. Hosted by world-renowned ballerina Misty Copeland from nearby the site of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, the special includes footage from the archives of the museum as well as New York City’s Tribute in Light, a commemorative public art installation featuring two beams of light that reach up to four miles into the sky, echoing the shape and orientation of the Twin Towers, every year from dusk to dawn on the night of September 11. The concert will be available to stream on-demand on and the PBS Video app the next day.
Stream on-demand starting September 12 on

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 The PAC Center Series, plus a sampling of stellar local experiences. Enjoy!

All times are EDT unless otherwise noted.

Photo: Metropolitan Opera chorus and soloists © The Metropolitan Opera