As New York steels itself against the coronavirus—namely, by shuttering schools, clubs, restaurants, and banning gatherings of 500 people or more in the spirit of social distancing—the performing arts community is replacing the in-person audiences of Broadway theaters and concert halls with virtual ones.
Here, a selection of concerts that you can watch from home this week, as well as tips for supporting local arts organizations.
Living Room Concerts
With Broadway dark until at least April 12, Broadway World has partnered with Jagged Little Pill’s Kathryn Gallagher, Dear Evan Hansen’s Andrew Barth Feldman, and a bevy of other actors to present “Living Room Concerts,” a daily series of (very charming) mini-performances. And while you’re swooning to Gallagher’s rendition of “You Learn,” consider supporting struggling artists through a donation to The Actors Fund or Broadway Cares.
Nightly Met Opera Streams
Capitalizing on its Live in HD program, last Friday the Metropolitan Opera launched a nightly series of full-length works, available to stream online from 7:30pm ET. (Today’s offering is a 2010 performance of Bizet’s Carmen; tomorrow’s, a performance of Puccini’s La Bohème from 2008.) Elsewhere at Lincoln Center, the Chamber Music Society has also opened its archives, making a large number of its previously recorded concerts available to stream for free.
Fleur Barron at the 92nd Street Y
Tomorrow at 7:30pm, the 92Y will live-stream a program of works by Beethovan and Mahler performed by mezzo-soprano Fleur Barron.
Jeremey Denk at WQXR
On Friday, New York’s premier classical music station will stream selections from Bach’s “The Well-Tempered Clavier,” as performed by pianist Jeremey Denk at The Greene Space in Lower Manhattan. (Denk’s other forthcoming engagements at The Greene Space, on April 7 and May 11, will also be available via livestream.)