I’ve got quite a mixed bag of virtual events this week. Enjoy as many as you can, but keep in mind that it’s also a great time of year to get out and experience your local neighborhood festivals!
Live at Wigmore Hall presents
Le Concert Spirituel: Fauré Requiem
Dedicated to the memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
French sacred music is one of the specialties of the ensemble founded in 1987 by Hervé Niquet that takes its name from an 18th-century Parisian concert-giving organization. Here, Fauré’s choral masterpiece is preceded by works by his local contemporaries.
Watch Live at Wigmore Hall on YouTube
Great Performances: Black Lucy and The Bard
On-demand through October 14
Explore Shakespeare’s love life through the perspective of the “Dark Lady” in this work from Nashville Ballet based on poetry by Caroline Randall Williams and featuring an original score by GRAMMY winner Rhiannon Giddens.
Watch “Black Lucy and the Bard” on PBS.org
Omar Apollo: Tiny Desk Concert
From September 15 through October 15, Tiny Desk is celebrating Latinx Heritage Month with an “El Tiny” takeover, featuring Jessie Reyez, Susana Baca, and more musicians from all corners of Latinidad. Omar Apollo kicks off the celebration, starting his concert with a full-band rendition of “En El Olvido.” Backed by Las Mariachis Lindas, he channels a childhood spent listening to Juan Gabriel into his performance of the Mexican corridor. As Apollo’s Tiny Desk comes to an end, he offers the audience a homework assignment for self-improvement, for putting the negative behind you, and making yourself available to participate in building community: “I want y’all to think about something,” he says. “I want you to go home, I want you to meditate and I want you to just burn the bridge.” He laughs. “I’m playing!” But as his and the band’s joyful energy attests, in the world of Omar Apollo, there’s only room for building each other up.
Listen to the Tiny Desk Concert featuring Omar Apollo on NPR.org
Emmet Cohen presents
Live From Emmet’s Place Vol. 98 – Buster Williams, Lenny White & Wallace Roney Jr.
Emmet Cohen – Piano
Wallace Roney Jr. – Trumpet
Buster Williams – Bass
Lenny White – Drums
Listen to “Live From Emmet’s Place” on YouTube
Wigmore Hall presents
Angela Hewitt, piano
Premiering on Thursday, September 22, at 8pm
Best known for her Bach playing, Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt’s repertoire is much wider and includes the majority of the outputs of both Mozart and Chopin, as reflected in a program moving from Baroque through Classical to early Romantic.
Listen to Wigmore Hall presents Angela Hewitt on YouTube
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: Black Lucy and The Bard. Claudia Monja Guedes and Owen Thorne © Nashville Ballet / PBS Great Performances