Suffice it to say, these are unusual times. But one thing I think we all can agree on is that we need each other and we thrive when we uplift one another. The arts have always brought us together since the beginning of time, so we wanted to share some ways to experience the arts from your home. The following is just a smattering of choices going on in the world right now. If you know of more offerings that our readers would enjoy, please send them our way at Alisa@SouthPasadenan.com. Take good care, until we meet again.
The Metropolitan Opera House, New York City
“The famed opera house, a pioneer of live-streamed theatrical performances, is mining its vault to help all those Verdi and Donizetti fans cope with their cabin fever” – FastCompany.
“During this extraordinary and difficult time, the Met hopes to brighten the lives of our audience members even while our stage is dark,” the company said in a statement.
The performances go live every day at 7:30pm ET 4:30 Pacific and will remain active for 20 hours.
Vienna State Opera
“In this difficult situation, Vienna State Opera is now opening its livestream archives so that music lovers all over the world will still be able to enjoy opera and ballet” states their website. Winer Staatsoper will broadcast recordings of previous opera and ballet performances daily via its streaming platform www.staatsoperlive.com – worldwide and free of charge.
The Louvre Museum, Paris
The most famous museum in the world is offering a virtual tour through its Egyptian antiquities department and recently restored Galerie d’Apollon. https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
I recently visited this exquisite museum in the heart of Madrid and highly recommend their Rembrandt and Portraiture in Amsterdam, 1590-1670, which is now on virtual view.
Google Arts & Culture
The extensive Google Arts & Culture project features more than 2,500 spaces from around the world that are accessible online and many offer virtual tours of their holdings. Some of them include MOMA, Musee D’Orsay, Uffizi Gallery. J. Paul Getty Museum, National Museum-New Delhi, The Art Institute of Chicago, Georgia O’Keefe Museum-Santa Fe, The Guggenheim-New York, Tate Britain-London and many more.
South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa
A “softhearted comedy freckled with dark reflections” (The New York Times) by the author of Moonstruck and Doubt. Near Killucan, Ireland, Tony Reilly schemes to sell the family farm and disinherit his son, Anthony. Standing in his way is a small plot of land belonging to the neighbor, Rosemary—and her long-simmering grudge. Destiny—whether embracing or fighting it—means everything in this very Irish story told with a rich tapestry of language, compassion and a few surprises.
Recommendation: High school and above
View message video from artistic director David Ivers here.
BroadwayWorld.com is live streaming living room concerts daily at 2pm and 8pm Eastern Time featuring major Broadway stars. They also offer a free 7 day trial of the Broadway show streaming platform.
Playbill has a list of 15 offerings it says are “some of the best filmed Broadway shows to know about and where to find them.” The list includes Rent, Cats, Nicholas Nickleby and Peter Pan, which can be viewed on various streaming platforms like Broadway HD, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube, among others.
Stars in The House
Playbill correspondent and SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky and producer James Wesley will produce a daily, live-streamed concert serried, Stars in the House, to promote support for The Actors Fund. New shows will air daily at 2pm and 8pm Eastern Time, featuring performances by stars of stage and screen and conversations with Rudetsky between each tune.
Billboard.com is offering a constantly updated listing of all the Live Streams and virtual concerts to watch during the coronavirus crisis.
Another music resource is StayAtHomeFest.com that has a calendar of online music festivals and events.
If you want to learn line dancing, you can learn a new dance daily at OC Stompers taught by Marie Kelly. https://www.facebook.com/groups/400983680332740/
Dubbed the “Netflix of the Arts”, Marquee TV is a newly launched streaming service that provides access to the world’s best performances in opera, dance, theatre and more. They are offering a free 30-day trial.
the Seattle Symphony is offering free broadcasts via YouTube and Facebook. “As our community comes together in this time of crisis, the Seattle Symphony will continue sharing performances that provide strength, comfort and joy,” the symphony’s website reads.
For artists who seek assistance at this time, visit COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resource Page, an aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.
More Arts News and Offerings
South Pasadena Library features “At-Home Library” where most of their resources are available to you beyond the library walls! Most require your library card number to use and there are special sign-in requirements listed for each resource on the Online Resources page at https://www.southpasadenaca.gov/government/departments/library/online-resources Some of the services include Film Streaming with Kanopy where you may stream up to 5 films per month from Kanopy’s collection of 30,000 titles including independent, foreign language, classic, documentary and educational films. Also available are E-Books and E-Audiobooks with Overdrive for adults, teens and children.
Blue Guitar: The Wednesday Wine & Song series at the Blue Guitar has transitioned to the Wine & Song Podcast. The first episode is up now and features Ray Bonneville, Justin Farren, Kate Campbell, Todd Albright, Andy & Renee, Jackie Bristow, plus the Wednesday wine tip from Tim Fleming, and words with Chauncey Bowers. Download or stream at the Blue Guitar website https://blueguitar.club/ “Also considering a Thursday jazz podcast. Let me know if that’s of interest to you. Very best wishes to all.” -Brad Colerick, Host
A Noise Within announces new premiere dates for their production of Sweeney Todd. The message from ANW reads “We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support during these uncertain times. Our patrons and donors are as dedicated as we are to our artists and the stories we tell. As promised, we will be keeping you informed about changes to our schedule. For the continued protection of our patrons and community, we have decided to postpone our production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, with the commitment to include it in our 2020-2021 season (more details coming soon). Even though we will be doing it a little later than planned, we are incredibly excited to give Sondheim’s masterful score and our brilliant artists the chance to dazzle and delight you. We hope you can join us for this thrilling adventure.
A message from Boston Court: “If the pandemic has done nothing else, it has strengthened our awareness of how important communal gatherings are to all of us, and just how precious they are now that we don’t get to have them for a while. Because of that, it is my privilege to share that we have moved our beautiful production of PASSION, directed by our own Michael Michetti, to the Fall so that you will get to experience it. And every one of our remaining Spring concerts is also moving; Josh Nelson, Mark Robson, Element Band, Amanda McBroom, and the Harp Twins are all committed to sharing their amazing work, as is local visual artist Rebecca Bruno, whose unique and multistage installation has also moved to the Fall. Passion is a musical about the unruliness of love, “love without reason, love without pride or shame.” It’s messy, complicated, profound and unstoppable. And in this time of enforced isolation, now more than ever we need stories about connection and LOVE.” – Jessica Kubzansky, Artistic Director Boston Court Pasadena.
Centre Theatre Group announces Art Goes On, a video series showcasing personal content by theatre artists offering a glimpse of what it means to live and create in this moment. It is available to view at CTGLA.org/ArtGoesOn. “This momentary pause we all must take for the greater good is a powerful time of reflection, imagination and innovation for our staff and our family of artists,” said Center Theatre Group Associate Artistic Director Lindsay Allbaugh. “We created the Art Goes On project as a way to connect and bring our community, our audiences and our artists all together and share something we all love: the theatre. Artists involved are sharing what it means to live in this moment and that we are all in this together. We believe that theatre, and the arts, are a vital component to society and there will always be a desire to experience it live, but at this time we needed to develop something unique to remind us that art goes on, and so do we.”
Each week, new videos will be added to the Center Theatre Group website and updates will be shared through the company’s social media channels with the hashtag #ArtGoesOn. The series launched with three inspiring artists and friends of Center Theatre Group: Carmen Cusack, Bill Irwin and Jennifer Leigh Warren. Other artists whose work will be featured include Hugo Armstrong, Kyle Branch, Kate Burton, Maria Dizzia, David Henry Hwang, Alan Mandell and Dominique Morisseau, among others.
The National Theatre in the UK is now streaming one of their productions every Thursday, available to stream on YouTube for seven days. Check the website at https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/nt-at-home Coming up will be “One Man, Two Guvnors”, “Jane Eyre”, “Treasure Island” and “Twelfth Night”.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre will be streaming performances for free beginning with the critically acclaimed “Revelations”. https://www.alvinailey.org/ailey-all-access