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Watch / Listen “Live” This Week:
Summerstage Anywhere: Shabaka Hutchings
Saturday, August 8, 5pm
It wouldn’t be summer in NY without Summerstage, this year being offered as series of virtual events across multiple channels. On Saturday, catch a live broadcast with jazz saxophonist and clarinetist Shabaka Hutchings from the Total Refreshment Centre in London. Click here for details about this and other upcoming events.
Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival
August 10 – 16
Drawing on Mozart’s creativity and innovative spirit, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival has been a cherished summertime tradition since 1966. This year, “Mostly Mozart Festival on WQXR” will reimagine Lincoln Center’s iconic summer series — canceled for the first time since its founding in 1966 due to COVID-19 — as a weeklong multimedia festival that celebrates Mozart’s prodigious talent along with conversations on some of the most urgent social issues of our time. Learn more here.
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Summer Thursdays
Thursdays at 12pm
Join the watch party on Facebook every Thursday at Noon EST. Each week we’ll feature a new concert broadcast, interview, or live living room concert. The videos will also be shared on The PAC Facebook page. Watch here.
Fridays at 3pm CDT
Weekly livestream. Facebook link here.
Fridays with medici.tv
Through July 11, enjoy Carnegie Hall Fridays, a new streaming series released with medici.tv. Each Friday, a new selection from their archive of live broadcasts will be made available for on-demand streaming, free of charge. Each program will be accessible for 72 hours — from Friday at 3am through Monday at 3am (Eastern). Listen here.
Gina Chavez Live(stream)
Every night, 8pm
Latin-Folk singer Gina Chavez presents nightly jam sessions and song building during quarantine. Listen here.
Dance Theatre of Harlem Dance Party
Friday, August 7, 8pm
Join us on Zoom for a Dance Party in celebration of the conclusion of the spring/summer installment of our DTH On Demand Series. The party theme is “Accessories!” Bring out your big sunglasses, fun necklaces, etc, and dance with us to a playlist by Company Artist Alexandra Hutchinson. RSVP Required.
Theater / Film
Great Performances: Much Ado About Nothing
For the first time in over four decades, Great Performances presents a Public Theater production recorded live at Free Shakespeare in the Park. After a highly successful, critically acclaimed run at the outdoor Delacorte Theater in New York City’s Central Park, “Much Ado About Nothing” is a bold interpretation of Shakespeare’s comedic masterpiece featuring Danielle Brooks as Beatrice. Available to watch until September 11, 2020.
Like Summer Sun: The Bard Meets the Beatles
Lawn Chair Theatre in partnership with Rye Arts Center
Fridays through Sundays until August 15
The LawnChair Theatre, in collaboration with The Rye Arts Center, brings its summer production, Like The Summer Sun: The Bard Meets the Beatles, to various local parks this August. The outdoor production will feature sonnets and soliloquies by Shakespeare, along with a curated collection of timeless tunes from the Beatles. Performances are held Fridays through Sundays through August 15, find times and locations by clicking here.
Watch/ Listen Anytime:
Emelin Theatre #HAPPYDISTRACTONS
Access live streaming events from Emelin artists, past and future, through Emelin’s #HAPPYDISTRACTIONS campaign. Follow them on Facebook or Instagram for what’s up next in music, dance, theatre, comedy, film, and family live streaming events. Note: while many of these streaming events are free, some have an associated fee or include a recommended donation for the artist. https://www.facebook.com/EmelinTheatre/
Gina Chavez: La Que Manda
La Que Manda (The One Who Commands) is the newest and first all-Spanish EP released by the multi-talented singer-songwriter Gina Chavez. Chavez describes this EP as “an anthem to reclaim our bodies, our hearts, our voices, and show the world what we’ve known the whole time: we are La Que Manda”. Learn more here.
Kronos Quartet Peace Be Till
Last week, the Kronos Performing Arts Association released a film of an excerpt of Oakland-based composer Zachary Watkins’ Peace Be Till. The work features the voice of Dr. Clarence B. Jones, the former personal counsel, speechwriter, and advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In this excerpt, Dr. Jones reads from Dr. King’s famous defense of nonviolent direct action – “Letter from the Birmingham Jail” (1963). Edited by Evan Neff, the film includes archival footage of the three 1965 protest marches for expanded voting rights from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Watch it here.
Richard Strauss: Metamorphosen for Two Violins, Two Violas, Two Cellos and Bass
Watch the beautiful performance of Strauss: Metamorphosen played by Bella Hristova and Arnaud Sussmann, Violin; Richard O’Neill and Mark Holloway, Viola; Dmitri Atapine and David Requiro, Cello and Xavier Foley, Bass now on the Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center Youtube channel.
Daily performances featuring new arrangements of iconic pop songs. On Instagram IGTV, click to visit.
Orpheus Songs of Comfort Playlist
Head over to the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra website to enjoy some #songsofcomfort curated by Orpheus musicians and staff. Listen Now.
Ces noms que nous portons (These Names That We Bear)
Dancer Taylor Stanley / Choreographry by Klye Abraham
Backdropped by a rainbow of light, NYC Ballet principal dancer Taylor Stanley took to an empty Lincoln Center Plaza earlier this summer to perform a new solo choreographed Kyle Abraham. The piece is set to Erik Satie’s contemplative “Gnossienne No. 3.” In their joint statement, the artists elaborated that the collaboration “aims to aims to celebrate our queerness and our color in a way that hopefully stresses its importance, its fragility and its strength.” Watch it here.
Paul Taylor Dance Foundation
Larry Keigwin 22 Rooms
This new digital creation experiments with Taylor dancers, as well as iconic songs from the mid-twentieth century, to show intimate life moments, inviting you into the living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, and corners of the dancers’ homes. At our collective moment of physical isolation and virtual ties, Keigwin’s 22 Rooms reveals and accentuates our connections amid anxiety and loneliness. Watch it here.
Miami City Ballet A Dance for Heroes
A Dance for Heroes, a new work created to honor frontline workers. Choreographed by Durante Verzola, the work is inspired by and dedicated to the first responders and essential workers that have worked with uncompromising courage and grace throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Fully produced remotely. Learn more here and click through to MCB’s Facebook page to watch the work.
Though their 2019-2020 season performance was cancelled, we hope to have them back in 2020-2021 with a new work. Learn more about this innovative dance ensemble on their You Tube channel, which features excerpts, films, interviews and more. Take a look.
Theater / Opera
The Metropolitan Opera
This week of Nightly Opera Streams offers a diverse tasting of operatic flavors. The following guide will help prepare you for the entire menu: click here.
Encores! Archives Project
Get your musical theater fix at home with New York City Center’s Archives project. Watch here.
Opera on the Couch
Opera Philadelphia has launched a You Tube playlist filled with video clips from their archive. Click to watch some of your favorite opera scenes.
Visit the Spit & Vigor website for weekly readings of the Mary Shelley novel Frankenstein. https://www.spitnvigor.com/radio-plays
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Yo-Yo Ma Songs of Comfort Project
American cellist Yo-Yo Ma began his Instagram project #SongsofComfort in order to continue sharing music that brings him comfort in times of stress. In these times of great anxiety, stay home & stay healthy with the comfort of music. https://www.instagram.com/yoyoma/
Free Paul Taylor Classes Online
Head over to the Paul Taylor Instagram page to watch or join a free live streamed dance class. https://www.instagram.com/paultaylordance/channel/
Ballet Hispánico is broadcasting dance performances and classes on their Instagram for dancers who miss the studio. Take a look: https://www.instagram.com/ballethispanico/
American actress and dancer Debbie Allen has created a series of online dance classes for those looking for a little exercise while stuck at home. https://www.instagram.com/therealdebbieallen/channel/
The Kandake Dance Theater
Follow the Kandake Dance Theater Instagram and Facebook to see vintage pictures and videos every Throwback Thursday! https://www.facebook.com/thekandake/ & https://www.instagram.com/thekandake/
The 24 Hour Plays created the hashtag #24ViralMonologues in order to keep theater lovers involved and entertained during quarantine. Check out the 24 Hour Plays Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/24hourplays/
NO I IN QUARANTEAM
The Gravity & Other Myths Circus team has put together yet another head turning social media project for their fans and fellow acrobatic community. Every week, the GOM team puts together a minute-long video full of crazy stunts done in the safety of quarantine. https://www.instagram.com/gomcircus/
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Theater / Film
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