As we all hit pause and hunker down, we at the Flynn still want to brighten your day and enrich your life with art and entertainment. Each week, we’ll update this post to highlight up-to-date happenings from all over, as well as from the Flynn, that you can access from home. We hope you enjoy this curated resource.
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JANUARY 30, 7 PM
ON DEMAND THROUGH FEBRUARY 6
In this duet, Vermont dancers Christal Brown and Lida Winfield explore their similarities. Even as they recognize their differences—some superficial, others deeply-rooted—they keep an unwavering focus on how their individual paths led them to this point of collaboration and connection. Both artists are 41 years young. Both recently lost their mothers. Lida grew up in the North, Christal in the South; both come from small towns. Lida is white; Christal is Black. They’ve both lived the rigor of being artists, educators, and survivors.
Same But Different is presented by the Flynn and was created with support from Middlebury Performing Arts Series. This performance will stream through the Flynn website and is available January 30 at 7 pm through February 6. Tickets can be purchased and redeemed any time within that period.
CLASSES START JANUARY 11
VACATION CAMPS RUN FEBRUARY 22-26
JANUARY 13: A JAZZ IMPROVISATION MASTERCLASS with Tom Cleary for teens & adults
FEBRUARY 22-26: TEEN SHAKESPEARE INTENSIVE VACATION CAMP with Marisa Valent for ages 13-18
FEBRUARY 22-26: A RIFF ON THE WIZARD OF OZ VACATION CAMP with Tray Vicory-Rosenquest for ages 8-12
MORE STARTING NEXT WEEK!
Tap, Burlesque, Musical Theater Dance plus pre-recorded Mini-Dancers and Hop-Hop for Kids
MORE STARTING IN TWO WEEKS!
Music Together, Show Choir, and Movement for Parkinson's
As long as you can stream at home, you can take these online classes with the Flynn! Find out more online or email Sarah and Deirdre with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Sarah at 781-718-8185 & Deirdre at 845-596-2250 (these are not Flynn phone lines as we are currently working remotely).
Choreographer Christal Brown presents segments of her in-progress work What We Ask of Flesh, co-presented by The Flynn and the New England Foundation for the Arts, as part of the Kennedy Center’s Arts Across America series. This epic work has seen many variations over the years, exploring the distance between our aspirations and reality. The work was going to premiere at The Flynn in 2020/21 season, though Covid-19 has wreaked havoc with that.
For the Arts Across America performance, Brown and her company perform excerpts from the work, including a solo by Brown. She and Flynn Artistic Director Steve MacQueen also discuss the piece and offer context throughout the hour.
From June 4-14, in partnership with Vermont PBS, Vermont Public Radio, and Burlington area restaurants, we streamed a wealth of jazz videos from the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival archives and featured talks with artists about their experience at the festival and their current view on their artistry during the pandemic. All the videos from the virtual festival are available on the Flynn’s YouTube channel.
TURNmusic, Vermont’s leading champions of contemporary chamber music, held a number of livestream concerts to support local musicians and celebrate living composers and songwriters.
Flynn Artistic Director Steve MacQueen sits down with a variety of artists and figures in the region's arts community to discuss how the pandemic is affecting them, their work, and their vision for what the future holds on the other side of this global crisis.
Llamadoll is a Vermont-based project that melds silent film and original music in ways that are utterly magnificent and revelatory, charming and hilarious, entertaining and thought-provoking.
Five-strong troupe Le Patin Libre use the ice in daring and dazzling ways to present a completely new perspective in the full length 20-minute film, Vertical. The Flynn presented the group’s performance of Vertical Influences at Burlington’s Leddy Park in January 2017.
In 2015, Christian McBride, five-time Grammy winner and the preeminent jazz bass player of his generation, was the artist-in-residence for the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. He was out in the public, giving lectures, workshops and master classes, as well as performing with his trio and being a jazz ambassador to the town. This film, produced by Vermont Community Access Media in partnership with the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, chronicles his time in the Queen City and showcases his expertise, not only as a jazz musician and historian, but as an educator.
Jazz saxophonist Brian McCarthy’s nonet, recorded live in Flynn Space on November 8, 2019, draws inspiration from the history of jazz while maintaining a modern awareness. McCarthy’s compositions consider the arising of a giant stellar dust cloud, the Primordial Nebula. Out of stars, planets, order, and chaos emerges all that connects and shapes the world we live in.
JANUARY 18, 4 PM
Through the art of storytelling, Ferene Paris Meyer shares her lived experiences as a Black womxn to engage folx on anti-racism, equity, empathy, and more. Join her for this heartfelt offering on MLK Day in collaboration with the Melrose Human Rights Commission.
Also on MLK Day: The ECHO Center for Lake Champlain and other community distribution sites will be giving out free, family-friendly MLK-themed art activity packets. Choose a time to pick up your FREE packet.
And the Woodstock Vermont Film Series is playing John Lewis: Good Trouble, the acclaimed documentary chronicling the life of the late civil rights icon, through January 17.
JANUARY 16, 10 PM
Royce Hall and UCLA hold a special history for legendary saxophonist Charles Lloyd. In the 1960s he sold out two nights in the famed concert hall with his quartet featuring Keith Jarrett, Ron McClure, and Jack DeJohnette. This year, he returns with an equally astonishing group of musicians featuring pianist Gerald Clayton, guitarist Anthony Wilson, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Justin Brown to perform from his most recent album, Kindred Spirits.
What connects all of Charles Lloyd’s work over the past 60 years are his unforgettable two-bar and four-bar phrases and his focus on the spiritual quality of sound. Melody, rhythm, and emotion are bonded so tightly in these musical molecules that the elements can’t be separated. This is particularly evident in Kindred Spirits. CAP UCLA is honored to bring back one of our favorite musicians to perform at Royce Hall once again.
JANUARY 16, 8 PM
Wild Horses is the show where four best friends sit down with someone wonderful and have a fun, loose, dinner-party-style conversation where they ask hard-hitting questions like "have you ever seen a ghost?" After the chat, the horsies do an improv set inspired by the conversation.
Wild Horses is: STEPHANIE ALLYNNE (One Mississippi, L Word: Generation Q), MARY HOLLAND (Happiest Season, Veep), LAUREN LAPKUS (The Wrong Missy, Jurassic World), and ERIN WHITEHEAD (Craig of the Creek, Animals). With special guest NAOMI EKPERIGIN (Broad City)!
THROUGH JANUARY 16
Art is how we process the world around us. It opens up avenues of thought, imagination, wonder, and reckoning. PROTOTYPE presents MODULATION, a creative investigation on the strands that weave together our lives over this past tumultuous and revelatory year. A digital, self-guided exploration of these distanced times created by thirteen of the most provocative and diverse voices in the contemporary music idiom; MODULATION leads you through the themes of ISOLATION, IDENTITY, and FEAR, with the connection of BREATH.
An electrifying auditory and visual journey of new creations awaits. As our society, country and world continue to exist in a form of suspended animation, we persevere through distance in search of humanity. We reflect on the long days behind us and reveal some answers through this creative effort. The voices of artists—including Flynn Creative Chair Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)—show us the hope and the irrepressible power of music to provide comfort and instigate contemplation of ourselves, our art, our world.
JANUARY 20, 8 PM
The Oregon State University College of Liberal Arts (CLA) presents a conversation and live remote performance with "The American Songster" Dom Flemons. The webcast event is hosted by OSU Director of Popular Music and Performing Arts Bob Santelli and is part of CLA’s American String Series. This segment of American Strings is comprised of a conversation and solo performance by Flemons, a Grammy Award-winning songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, actor, music scholar, historian, and record collector. He has received two Emmy Award nominations and in 2020 was selected for the prestigious United States Artists Fellowship Award for the traditional arts category, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
With a repertoire covering over 100 years of early American popular music, Flemons has branded the moniker "The American Songster." He is considered an expert player on the banjo, guitar, harmonica, jug, percussion, quills, fife, and rhythm bones. His latest project, first released in February of 2020, is titled Prospect Hill: The American Songster Omnibus on Omnivore Recordings. The two CD albums feature three parts: the original Prospect Hill album, the 2015 EP What Got Over, and The Drum Major Instinct which includes 12 previously unissued instrumental tracks.
THROUGH JANUARY 16
New York’s only music and dance festival of its kind celebrates 36 years of music and dance. For the first time, live-streamed worldwide from our homes to yours. Join us for two nights of great Balkan Music, Dance, and Arts online. Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band headline, along with 40 bands and performers over two nights. Enjoy live-streamed cybercast concerts on both nights from across the US on our stages. Live-streamed dance instruction on Friday evening! Great live and pre-recorded music videos both nights. Profits from the festival will be donated to charitable or educational organizations related to Balkan cultures and communities.
For the first time in its 17-year history, NYC Winter Jazzfest will not be presented in person due to the challenges of this pandemic. However the commitment to showcasing talent and lifting concerns of our community has not wavered. This season will feature artists across disciplines in performance and conversation about the issues of our time. Programs will be presented in partnership with the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice, The New School, SummerStage, and Voices of a People's History of the United States. All programs are FREE and open to the public.
SHOWS THROUGH JANUARY 29
Backstage with a Magician is a virtual magic show featuring interactive tricks that occur in your home, elegant sleight-of-hand, and startling optical illusions. With a desk as a stage, Noah Levine shares his love for his craft while you watch from the best seat in the house. Recommended for ages 16 and up.
The Ambler Theater usually offers Hollywood classics in person, on the big screen. They are keeping the tradition alive by streaming some of Hollywood's best public domain titles right into your home. Join them for free YouTube Live streams every Thursday night at 7:30 pm (EST) and chat with everyone during the show.
Until MMDG can share the joy of dance with patrons in theaters again, they continue to Dance On! (online). Dance On! Video Vault is a series of curated archival collections that provide a rare chance to rediscover dances from the earlier years of the Mark Morris Dance Group with lively introductions by Mark Morris himself.
SUNDAYS, 3 PM
The Silent Comedy Watch Party is a weekly live-streamed silent film show with live piano accompaniment. The show is co-hosted by film historian Steve Massa and silent film accompanist Ben Model. The shows streams live on Sunday afternoons at 3pm EDT on YouTube, free of charge (donations welcome).
Each episode of The Silent Comedy Watch Party is live about 5-10 minutes prior to 3 pm on YouTube and then archived there for viewing after the livestream ends.
SUNDAYS, 8:30 PM
Recorded remotely from locations around the world, Arturo O’Farrill and the mighty Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra are continuing their Sunday night Birdland residency in an online setting. Please join every Sunday at 8:30 pm ET.
The 2017 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival premiered this documentary at Merrill's Roxy Cinema and now you can watch it on Netflix.
On a snowy night in February 1972, the 33-year-old jazz trumpet star Lee Morgan was shot dead by his common-law wife, Helen, during a gig at a club in New York City. Years later, she gives a remarkable interview that acts as a refrain throughout the film, which draws together a wealth of archival photographs and footage, notable talking heads and incredible jazz music to tell the ill-fated pair’s story.
FIRST FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH
This free monthly series of virtual mini-concerts features brand-spanking new, recently new, and kind of new music for solo double bass—streaming from Black's home studio in Connecticut.
Every day, 7:30 pm
Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 pm until 6:30 pm the following day.
Tuesdays, 4 pm
CyberTank is an e-home for e-merging artists. The CyberTank Variety Show is The Tank’s FREE virtual gathering place, hosting dozens of artists every week on Tuesday at 4 pm EST.
Renée Fleming held weekly webinars that explored the powerful impact of music and arts on human health and the brain.
Live with Carnegie Hall is a new online series designed to connect world-class artists with musical lovers everywhere, featuring live musical performances, storytelling, and conversations that offer deeper insights into great music and behind-the-scenes personal perspectives.
Natalie & Nathan chat with celebrity comedians, local heroes, strange characters, talented musicians and other fun people in their series Talk to Us (please)!. The club also has a number of other streaming options across their channels including family-friendly and archival videos.
AAADT is thrilled to share full-length videos of the company performing on stage, streaming free online, directly to your living room!
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has a bevy of archival performances and tributes streaming on their site. Additionally, holding regular youth-oriented concert streams and educational programming, including Pop-Up Classroom and Pop-Up Concerts for Kids.
Thursdays, 7 pm
Caramoor, a summertime classical-music destination housed on a verdant estate near Katonah, New York, inaugurates a boldly reconceived festival, featuring both online concerts and outdoor events that allow for social distancing.
Every other Thursday
Joshua William Gelb is a theater director, performer, and librettist based out of New York’s Lower East Side. He is currently in residence in his 4x8x2 closet, which he has converted into a white box for the duration of this quarantine. His Theater in Quarantine (TiQ) series features new works posted every other Thursday. Any money raised will go to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 8 pm
While Joe’s Pub is temporarily closed, they are hosting a free series of live-streamed and archived performances from their iconic stage in New York City.
Fridays, 2 pm
Andrew Lloyd Webber is streaming of one of his Broadway musicals every Friday at 2 pm (available for 48 hours).
Fridays, 8 pm
SFJAZZ has launched a weekly series called Fridays at Five, featuring archival concerts from amazing musicians live from the SFJAZZ Center.
Each Saturday through the end of May, Ghost Light Opera will celebrate Western Australian singers performing gorgeous arias spot lit on a darkened stage.
Each sunday, ALJA hosts a Digital Village event with Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orquestra, playing Virtual Birdland live on Facebook at 8:30 pm. Their site also features a bunch of new performances and talks with a variety of jazz musicians.
Sundays and Wednesdays
Hang out with 2019 Burlington Discover Jazz artist, Canadian singer, trumpeter, songwriter, arranger, and bandleader Bria Skonberg as she hosts Facebook Live chats every Sunday and Wednesday. It’s lighthearted fun—songs, stories, even singalongs!
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays
Three days a week, at 8 pm EST, Chicago’s funniest comedy talent joins forces with Second City alumni from across the country to bring you an interactive Improv House Party. Plus, every Thursday at 2 pm EST, The Really Awesome Improv Show offers family friendly, high-energy fun for all ages, and relies on audience suggestions and participation.
Every three days
Ryuichi Sakamoto has launched a new series called Incomplete via his YouTube account. Incomplete pairs new compositions with video art by Zakkubalan, with a new video released every three days. Sakamoto also shared a new concert film, Playing the Piano for the Isolated, which features Hidejiro Honjoh on shamisen, recorded in Tokyo in April.
In addition to frequently releasing archival concerts on their website, BBC SSO recently held a virtual Tectonics Festival, featuring performances of new and experimental music from their archives, all available to replay.
The Dark Theatre mixes classroom drama techniques with an interactive comic book, framing you and your students as detectives trying to answer the question: who killed playwright Nathan Page? You just need a smartphone or tablet for personal reading, or PC, Mac, or Chromebook for a big screen read! Issue 1 and issue 2 are available now; issues 3 and 4 are coming soon.
The Sydney Opera House is holding a Digital Season series with new videos available daily. This weekly program features unmissable full-length performances, live recordings, and never-before-seen footage from the Opera House archives.
Bolero Juilliard is a complex online puzzle with many components being conceived, rehearsed, and produced simultaneously. Directed and choreographed by Larry Keigwin with associate Nicole Wolcott, featuring a reimagining of Ravel’s score, conducted by David Robertson, and produced by Kurt Crowley. The short film features Juilliard dancers, musicians, and actors, with alumni Christine Baranski, Jon Batiste, Renée Fleming, Isabel Leonard, Laura Linney, Yo-Yo Ma, Andrea Miller, faculty member Itzhak Perlman, Bradley Whitford, and many more.
VSF is responding to this crisis of isolation with what it does best: spreading joy and connection through performance! Shakespeare To You is an opportunity for you to send a 2-3 minute performance to family, neighbors, or friends via front yard delivery, Zoom, or telephone. It’s kind of like a live telegram! Shakespeare To You is free, and is a fantastic way to send a unique birthday wish, celebrate a graduation or anniversary, or simply offer a connection to someone who needs a pick-me-up
Our friends at Spruce Peak Arts in Stowe streamed local artists for eight weeks as part of their Wednesday Night Music Series. Now you can catch them on demand on YouTube: Daniel Rodriguez, Myra Flynn, John Fusco, Patti Casey, Dave Keller, Dwight & Nicole, Michael Mwenso and Members of the Shakes, and Christine Malcolm and Rudy Dauth.
The Joyce Theater in Chelsea is curating a recurring archival series, Joycestreams, featuring full performances and artist talkbacks, a discussion series with choreographers and collaborators moderated by Joyce staff.
The Living Collections Catalogue—Creative Black Music at the Walker: Selections from the Archives focuses on a select group of influential black artists who came to the fore in the ’60s and ’70s, and appeared at the Walker multiple times, each having an indelible impact on US musical culture. Archival material not before available for public view is at the center of this publication, including rare audio and video recordings, photographs, posters and programs, and correspondence. The volume also features commissioned essays and interviews.
An extensive library of COVID-era sound art has accumulated at amplify 2020: Quarantine, an online festival headed by Jon Abbey, of Erstwhile Records. Culled from experimental composers around the world, these projects conjure sonic otherness from the constricted, mundane circumstances of lockdown.
Interior Listening Protocol 01 attempts to recuperate liveness and spatially dynamic, embodied listening back into our mediated moment. It functions as a participatory listening score that’s has to be done to be heard. You’ll miss the phenomenon entirely if you sit back and watch the video like Netflix. Think of it like a quartet for your skull, with you as conductor, shaping the temporal unfolding of the whole experience.
Every week, VTIFF streams exclusive new movies as part of their Virtual Cinema series, plus they feature live Q&As with filmmakers, discussions on specific topics, and showcases of local short films.
Online publication Hyperallergic compiled a watchlist of essential Black documentaries, including links where these works are available to stream or purchase. Collectively, they illustrate both the undeniable threat of white supremacist capitalist patriarchy and the incomparable strength of Blackness.