With the Friday Five, we bring you our weekly choice of the top five events to check out in the near future. And as you enjoy, please consider supporting these artists and arts organizations. Every donation counts.
In addition to these weekly selections, we also keep a more comprehensive rolling list of ongoing and upcoming happenings at our ONLINE ARTS GUIDE.
Summer camp registration is open for ages 4-18! The Flynn remains fully committed to accessibility and will continue to offer camps and classes on a pay-what-you-can basis with some summer camps offered in-person and others virtually.
Plus, don't miss our pay-what-you-can, online, April vacation camp—Bandlab and Multi-Track Recording 101—offered in two sessions for ages 8-12 and 13-18.
The Vermont Symphony Orchestra's March offering is a unique combination of classical and jazz music, visual art and poetry by BIPOC artists. Reuben Jackson, known for presenting VPR’s Friday Night Jazz and curating the Smithsonian Institution’s Duke Ellington collection, serves as the host and fellow poet alongside readings by US Poet Laureate Rita Dove. Two new commissions receive their world premieres by prominent composers and musicians Ray Vega and Carlos Simon, performed alongside music by Florence Price, Matthew Evan Taylor, Dorothy Rudd Moore, Scott Joplin, and more.
The 2021 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition will be held in a new format that combines online competition with live performances. Stages I & II (the recitals) will be recorded in five venues around the world: Beijing, London, Potsdam, New York, and Tel Aviv, and will air on the competition website, on April 1 through 10. The final stage will take place in the halls in Tel Aviv between April 29 and May 3, with the Israel Camerata Jerusalem, a String Quartet, and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
Williams College presents Choreographer Raphael Xavier in an online lecture demonstration which covers his philosophy behind his choreography and teachings of the Breaking art form. Attendees will get a chance to participate in the movement concepts he builds from to experience his connections of thought process and physical practice.
To find out more about Sassafrazz, Xavier's most recent work, check out Michigan Tech's free virtual residency activities: Behind the Scenes: Sassafrazz from Roots to Mastery on April 8 at 7:30 pm EST and Creative Jam Session followed by a live Q&A on April 13 at 12 pm EST.
In October 2020, Lonnie Holley—the essential visual and performing artist—came to Knoxville to record with a series of musicians from across the region. Big Ears captured Lonnie's Knoxville sessions for a series of streaming films. This new 70-minute streaming film—the second coming out of those sessions—shows Lonnie making music with an expert ensemble of collaborators outdoors at the Southern Railroad Depot and inside at The Mill & Mine.
The Monster in the Mirror Musical is a comical but touching 90-minute original pop musical film that aims to empower the youths of today by addressing important and relevant issues like self-love and identity-building. An insecure teenage girl uses a magic mirror that extracts all her insecurities into a monster girl in order to win a boy’s affections, only to learn the true value of self-love and compassion.