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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This season, the two famous fiddlers and their family are inviting the world into their home, to witness their life, music, and preparation at Christmastime. Joined by familiar friends, they'll play many favorite numbers, and let viewers in on candid moments around the kitchen, decorating the tree, and other bits of holiday chaos!
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.
Pay-what-you-can online dance, theater, show choir, and storytelling classes. Simply click "REGISTER" and fill in the amount you wish to pay. Come fuel your imagination while supporting the Flynn and our incredible teaching artists.
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.
SATURDAYS THROUGH DECEMBER 19
Popular local kids' music program Music for Sprouts is offering a subscription-based video series for families. Subscribers (sliding scale $0-50) will receive an email with a link and the password to access new videos of Mister Chris & Miss Emma co-teaching in the Music for Sprouts classroom every Saturday morning. You can subscribe at any time to gain access to all previously released videos (there will be six total). And with every video you’ll find lyric and chord sheets to play along at home.
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.
MONDAYS THRU NOV. 30 AT 10 PM
Join in on this late-night comedy quiz show extravaganza...it's like an inclusive and intersectional Jeopardy with a healthy dose of dank comedy club vibe. Facts are thrown down! Songs are sung! Grab a pen and paper, be a #streamqueen and see how you fare against our cast of contestants in this cornucopia of 1960s' bossa nova, gold glimmer, classic cocktails, and killer questions.
NOVEMBER 21, 7 PM
This year, Ragas Live Festival, a 24-hour, 24-set celebration, will be online from November 21 at 7 pm (EST) to November 22 at 7 pm (EST). Now in its ninth year, the immersive experience has expanded to include over 90 artists from 13 cities, including the major torchbearers of traditional and new genres of music, such as Terry Riley, Toumani Diabate, Zakir Hussain, and Betsayda Machado. Register to watch.
NOVEMBER 22, 3 PM
This puppet show for young audiences explores themes of refugees, inclusion, and respectful curiosity. Rock the Boat aims to get young audiences thinking about relocation and displacement by addressing attitudes about acceptance of those who come from other countries and cultures. The production—telling the story of a poet in a boat, alone at sea, who suddenly finds his home filling with new characters seeking shelter and safety—provides a narrative in which there is room for everyone in an inclusive society. Available on demand through 11/28.
PLUS Sandglass Theater offers Livestreamed Shadow Puppet Build-Along Workshops 11/27-29.
NOW THROUGH DECEMBER
Produced by Bismillah, LLC and the Fisher Center at Bard, Meshell Ndegecello's Chapter & Verse: The Gospel of James Baldwin is a project inspired by Baldwin’s truth-telling treatise on justice in the United States, The Fire Next Time, and our endlessly changing world. Chapter & Verse is a 21st-century ritual tool kit for justice. A call for revolution. A gift during turbulent times.
From September to December 2020, Meshell offers gifts—music, thoughts, meditations, and visual testimonies of resilience—on her website.
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.