I’ve started watching the Newport Folk Festival and plan to savor more of it. I highly recommend checking it out. And after that? Venture out, or stay in – there are arts experiences of all kinds to enjoy this week.

Newport Folk Festival 2022 presents
Joni Mitchell
Also, Paul Simon.  Also, so much more. Pick your favorites!
Watch the 2022 Newport Folk Festival on YouTube

The Schoolhouse Theater presents
A Zoom Matinee:  Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet
Saturday, July 30, 3pm
“A B C…ALWAYS BE CLOSING…ALWAYS BE CLOSING!” This is the unsettling, unctuous injunction set up like a Greek Chorus to orchestrate Glengarry Glen Ross, David Mamet’s blistering drama.  “There’s a sucker born every minute,” said PT Barnum.  In Mr. Mamet’s world, it’s more like every nano-second.  Where’s Willy Loman when you need him, you ask?  The LEADS. The LEADS. He’s buried like yesterday’s Oldsmobile under a pile of useless leads…  Talk about a shoeshine and a smile?  Mr. Mamet first drew blood with this quick and deadly bullfight in London’s Cottlesloe Theatre. It’s been knocking ’em dead ever since…
Join the Zoom via the Schoolhouse Theater’s website

Lincoln Center’s Summer for the City presents
July 30, 4:30pm
Renowned music festival globalFEST joins forces with beloved NYC nightclubs Barbès and Drom in celebration of their milestone anniversaries (respectively 20, 20 and 15 years) for this mega event of musical discovery, featuring powerful artists with unique voices hailing from across the globe. Scheduled performers include soulful subversive folk-art heroes, DakhaBrakha (Ukraine); Amal Murkus & The Firas Zreik Quintet (Palestine/USA); DC’s premier Go-Go band, Rare Essence (Washington, DC), celebrating its 45th anniversary; psychedelic tropical futurists Combo Chimbita (New York/Colombia); Americana’s rising star, Amythyst Kiah (Tennessee); and Ahmad Fanoos and The Heart of Afghanistan Project (Afghanistan/USA), performing ghazals and popular songs. The evening culminates with a late-night Global Silent Disco as a celebration of musical freedom and a danceable vision of peace.
See the line-up for globalFEST at Lincoln Center’s Summer for the City

Apsen Music Festival presents
Aspen Festival Orchestra with Augustin Hadelich, violin
Sunday, July 31, 6pm
SIBELIUS Violin Concerto in D minor, op. 47
MAHLER Symphony No. 1 in D major
Hear the extraordinary Augustin Hadelich perform the Violin Concerto by Sibelius and experience the power and richness of the orchestra under AMFS Music Director Robert Spano as it takes you on two musical journeys.
Access the Aspen Festival Orchestra Livestream

Dia Beacon presents
Sam Gilliam
Through July 31
Dia Art Foundation presents an exhibition of Sam Gilliam’s early work from the 1960s and 1970s at Dia Beacon in Beacon, New York. Installed alongside Dia’s permanent collection, this presentation situates Gilliam’s practice in dialogue with that of his Minimal and Postminimal peers, such as Robert Morris and Anne Truitt, who, like Gilliam, considered painting in an expanded form. One of the most important figures in American abstract art, he emerged from the Washington, DC, cultural scene in the 1960s alongside Truitt. Setting himself apart stylistically from Washington Color School painters, with whom he is often associated, the artist incorporated a beveled edge and experimented with suspension as two distinct methods of working with canvas. Free admission on the last Sunday of each month for Hudson Valley residents.
Learn more about Sam Gilliam at Dia Beacon on DiaArt.org

WQXR presents
ECCO: East Coast Chamber Orchestra
Tuesday, August 2, 7:30pm
Live in Central Park; live broadcast on WQXR
The Naumburg Orchestral Concert series has been delighting New Yorkers with free outdoor performances in Central Park since 1905. This summer, WQXR will be broadcasting each concert live from the bandshell so you can enjoy the music wherever you are. Hosted by Elliott Forrest.
Adolph Adolphus Hailstork, (1941- ), Sonata di Chiesa, (1992)
Maureen Nelson, arr., Peruvian Renaissance Suite
Franz Schubert, String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D 810, ‘Death and the Maiden’, (1824)
Listen live on WQXR

Carnegie Hall presents
NYO2 in Miami
Webcast Thursday, August 4, 2pm
This summer, tour performances by Carnegie Hall’s three acclaimed national youth ensembles-the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), NYO2, and NYO Jazz will be broadcast and webcast to audiences around the globe, extending their music making to a wide international audience.
Kicking off the series of webcasts, Mei-Ann Chen leads NYO2 – an inspiring orchestra featuring outstanding musicians, ages 14-17 – at Miami Beach’s New World Center. The concert will be available to watch on medici.tv following the ensemble’s performance in Miami Beach. The program includes Jessie Montgomery’s Soul Force, Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, and Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F, with pianist Aaron Diehl joining as guest soloist. NYO2 is joined on stage by Fellows from the New World Symphony, who also serve as coaches during the orchestra’s summer training residency.
Watch and listen as Mei-Ann Chen conducts NYO2 on Medici.tv

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, work being done by Purchase alums, plus a sampling of arts experiences you just can’t miss. Enjoy!

All times are EDT unless otherwise noted.

Pictured: Ukrainian alt-folk band DakhaBrakha © Matthew B. Thompson