This week’s focus – free and online. Crank up the AC and enjoy theatre, jazz, and an exceptional selection of classical music.

Great Performances presents
Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya
On-demand through August 31
Tony Award nominee Conor McPherson breathes new life into Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece with his acclaimed adaptation of the drama, portraying life at the turn of the 20th century filled with tumultuous frustration, dark humor, and hidden passions.
Watch Checkov’s “Uncle Vanya” on

Roots of Latin Jazz
On-demand through August 31
Celebrate the rhythms of Latin music with the Raices Jazz Orchestra and performances by GRAMMY-winning artists including Richard Bona and Anaadi. Hosted by Sheila E. A co-presentation of Great Performances and Latino Public Broadcasting’s VOCES.
Watch and listen to “Roots of Latin Jazz” on

 Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2022
Premiering on Friday, August 26 (check local listings)
Enjoy the Vienna Philharmonic’s annual summer night concert with cellist Gautier Capuçon under the direction of guest conductor Andris Nelsons at Austria’s Schönbrunn Palace.
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Music on the Strait presents
Music on the Strait celebrates chamber music in the singularly beautiful environment of the Olympic Peninsula and Salish Sea. Founded in Port Angeles in 2018 by locally-raised musicians James Garlick and Richard O’Neill in partnership with the Port Angeles Symphony, Music on the Strait aims to share chamber music, both its traditions and its emerging voices, through community programming and educational outreach.  With 2022 Special Guest Artist Jeremy Denk.

Music on the Strait
Opening Night: Virtuoso Flautist Demarre McGill plays Debussy and Beach
Livestream on Friday, August 26, 10pm
To celebrate opening night, Music on the Strait celebrates the artistry of Demarre McGill, principal flute of the Seattle Symphony, and one of the greatest flautists of his generation. We are also pleased to welcome back Port Angeles favorites Elisa Barston and Jeremy Denk for César Franck’s fiery and tumultuous Piano Quintet.
Demarre McGill, flute / Elisa Barston, violin / James Garlick, violin / David Auerbach, viola / Efe Baltacıgil, cello / Jeremy Denk, piano
Claude Debussy — Syrinx for Solo Flute
Amy Beach — Theme and Variations for Flute and String Quartet, Op 80
César Franck — Piano Quintet in F minor

Music on the Strait
Efe Baltacıgil and Jeremy Denk play Beethoven
Livestream on Saturday, August 27, at 10pm
​Jeremy Denk leads us on a musical journey from Mozart’s inventive G major sonata for Piano and Violin (not Violin and Piano, interestingly) to Robert Schumann’s enchanting Piano Quartet in E-flat. The dynamic Turkish cellist Efe Baltacıgil joins Denk for Beethoven’s fifth and last cello sonata.
James Garlick, violin / David Auerbach, viola / Efe Baltacıgil, cello / Jeremy Denk, piano
WA Mozart — Sonata for Piano and Violin in G major, K 379
Ludwig van Beethoven — Sonata for Cello and Piano in D major, Op 102 No 2
Robert Schumann — Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op 47

Music on the Strait
Every Good Boy Does Fine: Jeremy Denk in recital & conversation
Livestream on Sunday, August 28, 6pm
Jeremy Denk shares music and words from his New York Times bestselling memoir, Every Good Boy Does Fine: A Love Story, In Music Lessons. This will include a performance of Schubert’s lyrical “Arpeggione” Sonata with Co-Artistic Director Richard O’Neill along with other solo piano works announced from the stage. This will be a musical afternoon like no other!
Jeremy Denk, piano
Richard O’Neill, viola
Franz Schubert — Sonata in A minor “Arpeggione” D 821
Additional solo piano works TBA

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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. 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: Jeremy Denk. Photo © John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation