Hope you find the perfect pick for this wintry weather!

WNYC and the Apollo Theater in collaboration with the March on Washington Film Festival present
Apollo Uptown Hall: MLK – Activism and the Arts
Apollo Uptown Hall, the annual community celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., explores the ways Dr. King fostered unity between activism and the arts, and how that legacy continues today.  Participants include Tony Award winner and Purchase faculty member Trazana Beverley.
Watch Apollo Uptown Hall on YouTube

The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presents
Demarre McGill, flute; Anthony McGill, clarinet; and the Aizuri Quartet
On-demand through Saturday evening, January 22
Beach: Theme and Variations, Op. 80
Serkin Ludwig: Organistra World Premiere/PCMS Commission
Beecher: Song in Mistranslation
Coleridge-Taylor: Clarinet Quintet in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 10
Brothers Anthony and Demarre McGill have achieved a phenomenal level of success in the classical music world. The only siblings ever to win the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, Anthony was appointed the principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic, and Demarre is the principal flutist of the Seattle Symphony. The “elegant, inquisitive” (The New Yorker) Aizuri Quartet joins these two outstanding wind musicians for a program that ranges from Amy Beach’s Native American-inspired Theme and Variations to Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s masterful, Dvořák-inspired Quintet and the world premiere of a new sextet by David Serkin Ludwig.
Watch Demarre McGill, Anthony McGill, Aizuri Quartet on YouTube

NYC Winter Jazzfest
Live now through Saturday, January 22, with videos uploaded daily.
Closing Night Event with SummerStage broadcast begins at 8pm
Featuring: Makaya MCCraven, Samara Joy (Purchase College ‘21), Mahogany L. Browne
Since its founding in 2005, Winter Jazzfest has cemented a reputation as a hotbed of cultural discovery, presenting new and exciting sounds and scenes throughout New York.
Watch NYC Winter Jazzfest here

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents
Artist Series:  Yura Lee
On-demand starting Wednesday, January 19; available for one week
This episode of CMS’s Artist Series focuses on the work of violinist and violist Yura Lee in a variety of ensembles, complemented by a short documentary film on her life and work.  Lee is joined by a stunning cast of CMS artists in works by Bach, Mozart, Françaix, and Ravel.
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049 (1720)
Mozart: Duo in G major for Violin and Viola, K. 423 (1783)
Françaix: Trio for Violin, Viola, and Cello (1933)
Ravel: Tzigane, rapsodie de concert for Violin and Piano (1924)
Watch and listen on the CMS website

NPR and globalFEST present
Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST Music Festival
On-demand January 18-20
For the second consecutive year, NPR teams up with globalFEST for a thrilling online music festival we call Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST.  The second annual Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST concert series will run on NPR Music’s YouTube channel with our returning host Angélique Kidjo. ‍ For each of the three nights, Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST will present artists in intimate settings (often behind their own globe-topped tiny desks), some of whom are making their globalFEST debuts, while a few others are notable past performers. African pop star and four-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo is one of the greatest artists in international music today, a creative force with 13 albums to her name. She also performed at the inaugural edition of globalFEST in 2004.
Watch Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST Music Festival on YouTube

The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presents
Paul Appleby, tenor, and Conor Hanick, piano
Live stream Friday, January 21, at 7:30pm
Then available on-demand
Schumann: Selection of ten songs
Beethoven: An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98
Schubert: Selection of eight songs
Berg: Altenberg Lieder, Op. 4
A tenor with a sweet, beautifully sculpted tone, Paul Appleby has earned a strong reputation for his expressive acting, interpretative depth, and versatility. Appleby’s ability to shape phrases “with melting tenderness” (The New York Times) is sure to be on display in a program highlighted by Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98, the first of the great Romantic song cycles.
Watch Paul Appleby, tenor & Conor Hanick, piano LIVE on YouTube

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts presents
Lincoln Center Activate:  A Weekend with Hope Boykin & Friends
Via Zoom on January 22–23
Lincoln Center Activate welcomes the new year with an energizing weekend hosted and curated by Hope Boykin, celebrated educator, mentor, speaker, choreographer, and former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer. Boykin is joined by highly respected colleagues and friends—fellow trailblazers and leaders in arts and education—for virtual conversations and a dance performance, all taking place for free via Zoom on January 22–23, 2022. Register now for one, two, or all three events, each exploring the importance of acceptance in creating radically welcoming spaces.
Watch A Weekend with Hope Boykin & Friends on the Lincoln Center website


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.

Pictured: Samara Joy. Photo courtesy of the artist.