Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Here are some things I’ve been thankful for these past several months, including percussion and libraries.  There will be no blog post on Thanksgiving Day, but I hope these events will keep you entertained, inspired, and uplifted until we see you in December!


The Library of Congress presents
Third Coast Percussion: Metamorphosis
Streaming now on-demand
Sean Connors, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin & David Skidmore
Choreography by Movement Art Is (Lil Buck and Jon Boogz)
Performed by Ron Myles & Quentin Robinson
Our annual Founder’s Day concert honoring Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge offers something remarkable: a collaboration between the fearless Third Coast Percussion, electronic music producer/composer Jlin, and Movement Art Is in a composed evening featuring dance and music by Glass, Jlin, and Tyondai Braxton. With the experience shaped remotely during the pandemic, this natural marriage of dance and percussion delivers a shining example of flourishing creativity in the face of daunting circumstances. Paired with this performance is a new work composed for Third Coast Percussion by Gemma Peacocke, The threshold we cross with closed eyes.
Access program information and the Founder’s Day Concert

The Chappaqua Library presents
Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis
and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra: “Untamed Elegance”
Thursday, November 18, 4pm
“Untamed Elegance” is a brand-new composition written for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, inspired by the sounds, styles, and culture of the Prohibition years.
Register to receive the concert link

Black Dance Stories presents
EVOLVE, an IABD Dance Summit featuring Maleek Washington and Tamisha Guy
Thursday, November 18, 6pm
Maleek Washington most recently worked as assistant choreographer to Camille A. Brown at the Metropolitan Opera for her directorial debut for Fire Shut Up in My Bones and Purchase alum Tamisha Guy is a dancer with A.I.M. by Kyle Abraham.
Watch Black Dance Stories on YouTube

Celebrity Series of Boston presents
Débo Ray and Trio:  Soul, Rock, and Sounds of the Heart
Livestream premiering Thursday, November 18, 8pm
Available on-demand for three months following the initial stream.
Join GRAMMY-nominated vocalist and composer Débo Ray and her Trio for a jazz, rock, and world music-inspired free concert.
Watch the digital concert with Débo Ray and Trio here

The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presents
David Shifrin, clarinet; Peter Wiley, cello; and Anna Polonsky, piano
Friday, November 19, 6pm
The Society is pleased to present these three celebrated musicians in their second PCMS appearance as a trio, performing a pair of masterworks by Schumann and Beethoven’s lyrical Trio in E-flat Major—an arrangement of the Op. 20 Septet that is regarded as one of Beethoven’s greatest early chamber works. Livestreams are pay what you wish (no tickets required) and are broadcast in real-time. The video will remain available for 72 hours after each performance, subject to the approval of the artists.
Access Polonsky Shifrin Wiley Trio in concert on the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society website

The Rye Storytellers Guild presents
Saturday, November 20, 3-4pm
Guilds and storytelling enthusiasts all around the globe will share their storytelling talents in concerts held in cities and towns to celebrate the art of storytelling. Locally, TELLABRATION!™ brings together each area’s most celebrated storytellers, to delight, captivate, and mesmerize audiences with their stories. It creates a network of storytelling enthusiasts bonded together in spirit. This year many of the events will be online – expanding the possibilities for both performers and audiences.  This event, sponsored by the Rye Free Reading Room, is one of them.
Register for the Rye Storytellers Guild “Tellabration 2021”

The Greenburgh Library presents
Opera Talk hosted by Frank De Ligio
Saturday, November 20, 3:30pm
This will be the last Opera Talk this year, and we will watch some of the most powerful and moving scenes in the canon, those that demonstrate what makes Opera so unusual an art form.
Register for Opera Talk to receive the event link

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents
Artist Series: Ayano Kataoka, percussion
Livestream premiering on Wednesday, November 24, 7:30pm
Available on demand for one week
Access Artist Series: Ayano Kataoka on CMS of Lincoln Center’s website

Downtown Music at Grace presents
New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players with Bob Sherman
Wednesday, December 1, 12:10-1:10pm
33 Church Street, White Plains, NY
A trio of stars of New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, also known as The Wand’ring Minstrels, perform an Afternoon of Gilbert & Sullivan favorites, featuring many selections from the full repertoire of Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic operas.
See event details

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents
Musical Heritage: Dorothy DeLay
Wednesday, December 1, at 7:30pm
Violinist Kristin Lee fondly remembers her teacher and legendary violin pedagogue, Dorothy DeLay, in this special program. Joining the panel are distinguished guests and former DeLay students and colleagues, Itzhak Perlman, Toby Perlman, Cho-Liang Lin, and Sandra Rivers, as they pay tribute to this great artist who mentored generations of musicians. The presentation includes rarely seen photos and videos. A Q & A with the virtual audience will follow the presentation.
To attend this free online event please register in advance.


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. Cultural connoisseur and 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: Ayano Kataoka © Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center