An assortment of free or low-cost online entertainment available during the covid-19 crisis.
Click on the highlighted links to access the digital media.
-COCKTAILS WITH A CURATOR
A delightful set of free 15-20-minute talks, released on most Fridays at 5pm, on famous paintings and
art objects (and their backgrounds) in the Frick collection, with an accompanying cocktail recipe.
More than 50 are available for streaming; including these recent ones:
Veneziano's "Coronation of the Virgin" Chinard's "Etienne Vincent de Margnolas" (bust)
Whistler's "Lady Meux" Sangallo's "St. John Baptizing"
Saint-Porchaire Ware Laurana's "Bust of a Woman"
Rosalba Carriera's Portraits Rembrandt's Self Portrait
Houdon's "Comtesse du Cayla" Cimabue's "Flagellation of Christ"
-TRAVELS WITH A CURATOR
A fascinating set of free 15-20-minute talks, produced for only a few months in 2020, on historically,
architecturally, and artistically important destinations, usually associated with artwork
in the Frick collection.
Travel talks available for streaming:
Charterhouse, Bruges Genoa
Grasse, on the French Riviera St. James's Park, London
Ca' d'Oro, Venice Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome
Lazienski Palace, Warsaw Westminster Abbey, London
Mount of Quarantine, Jericho Santa Maria delle Caarceri, Prato
Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon San Severino Marche, Italy
Valenciennes, France Japanese Palace, Dresden
Santa Maria della Scala, Siena Villa Barbaro, Maser
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
-Large set of Art restoration & appreciation and performance videos.
-Monika Weiss on
Francisco Goya, in conjunction with the exhibition Goya's Graphic Imagination (36min).
-Audio/video music event (recorded Apr. 20, 2021) set in the Met's Temple of Dendur,
Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time,
Inspired by texts from the Book of Revelation, the work was composed during Messiaen's
internment in a German prisoner-of-war camp and was first performed by and for fellow prisoners in 1941.
Our Labyrinth, Live Performance 1, strange but compelling movements of Egyptian-like figures in an empty Metropolitan Museum,
Live Performances 2 and 3 also available on this web page.
-The Camel at the Cloisters, "a 12th-century Spanish painting of a camel, an animal not native to Europe,
suggests medieval Spain's connection to the world beyond its borders", 21min
-Alien Property, Rayyane Tabet tells the story of the ninth-century B.C.E. stone reliefs excavated
in the early 20th century at Tell Halaf, Syria 25min
-Inca tunic, 7.3min
-Curator's Cut-The Tomb of Meketre, ca. 1981-1975 B.C., 10.5min
-Cups from ancient Iran, 7min
-Henri Riviere's Visit to Brittany, 6.5min
-Chinese hardstone carvings, 6.5min
-van Vianen's Ewer, 7min
-Nancy Wu on The Cloister from St-Michel-de-Cuxa. 6.75min
-"Self-portrait with two pupils" by Labille Guiard (1785), curator's discussion, 7.5min
-Digital Premiere-The Ninth Hour-The Beowulf Story, a rock noir performance (48.5min).
-Insider Insights - A Closer Look at Winslow Homer, 24min.
Insider Insights - The Unicorn Purifies Water from the Unicorn Tapestries, 30min.
-Life and work of Alice C. Morse, 1863-1961, book cover designer, 39 min.
-Insider Insights - Facing the Unknown in Ancient Mesopotamia
The Artist Project, very brief talks by artists about their favorite art and culture topics, including Precolumbian Gold,
the harpsichord, Jacques de Gheyn II's "Vanitas Still Life", Jan van Eyck's "The Last Judgment" and many, many more.
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (MoMA)
-Anny Aviram on
Marc Chagall's "I and the Village"
-Metropolitan Opera nightly opera stream, scroll down to "Nightly Free Opera Stream",
a different opera every day. Each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day.
Friday, May 7: Berg's "Wozzeck"
Saturday, May 8: Puccini's "Madama Butterfly"
Sunday, May 9: Handel's "Agrippina"
Monday, May 10: Puccini's "La Boheme"
Tuesday, May 11: Mozart's "Don Giovanni"
Wednesday, May 12: Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde"
Thursday, May 13: Strauss's "Der Rosenkavalier"
Friday, May 14: The Audition"
Saturday, May 15: Rossini's "Il Barbiere di Siviglia"
Sunday, May 16: Donizetti's "Roberto Devereux"
National Council Auditions, young singers show their best.
Free, but must register. Two livestreamed events:
National Semifinals - Sunday, May 9, 2021 at 11am EDT
National Grand Finals Concert - Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 3pm EDT
LINCOLN CENTER AT HOME
Jessye Norman: "Women of Legend, Fantasy, and Lore", 1994 program of wonderful arias for soprano, with Ms. Norman
accompanied by the Orchestra of St. Luke's. Available through May 28, 2021. Free, but donations are requested and
you must register with Lincoln Center (or login if you are already registered with them).
CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER
CMS Front Row, 7:30pm: Some programs require min. $15 donation.
Recordings seem to be available after the initial streaming date.
May 3 Faure "Trio in D minor for piano, violion and cello"
May 6 (free) Ida Kavafian (violinist) & others play Beethoven and Dohnanyi.
May 13 (free) Works by Ibert, Janacek, Rachmaninov.
May 17 Debussy's Quartet in G minor for Strings, Op. 10
May 20 Emerson String Quartet playing Mozart and Shostakovich ($25)
National Radio Series, a
wide variety of audio only performances.
Bach Brandenburg concertos:
Brandenburg Concerto no. 2
Brandenburg Concerto no. 4
Brandenburg Concerto no. 6
-YouTube Weekly Chamber Music Videos
Archive of chamber music videos updated each Tuesday. Archived and playable videos include:
Beethoven: Variations on "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen" from Die Zauberflöte for Cello & Piano
Beethoven "Serenade in D major for Violin, Viola, and Cello"
Bach "Musical Offering"
Ysaye "Sonata in E minor for Violin"
Faure "Sicilienne for Cello and Piano"
Brahms "Quartet in C minor for Strings"
Bach Aria No. 1 "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen", beautiful
"Throw Bach", a selection of numerous works by Bach and other baroque composers.
Lecture on famed Viennese composer and violinist Fritz Kreisler, with excerpts from his recordings. 1hr 18min.
JUILLIARD LIVESTREAM CALENDAR, student and faculty performances.
Live streamed events (will be archived for later retrieval on the YouTube channel):
See also the Juilliard YouTube Channel
OTHER STREAMED MUSIC
-Bob Marley's Three Little Birds and other classics on YouTube.
-Beethoven Violin Concerto played by Itzhak Perlman with Daniel Barenboim and the Berliner Philharmoniker,
filmed 1992, 47min.
Gotham Early Music Society Midtown Concert, each Thursday, livestreamed 1:15-2:00pm.
Click Past Midtown Concerts for earlier concerts.
These are exquisite performances of Baroque and earlier music. Some examples are:
ALBA Consort's "Dancing over the Caucasus to the Sea...", oud, lute, guitar, voice.
Couperin and Vivaldi
Vivaldi vs. Bach (both Johann Sebastian and his cousin Johann Ernst)
Antonio Soler, newly discovered Sonatas from the Morgan Library & Museum
Elena Zamolodchikova, harpsichord, Music of the English Virginalists
Gabrielli and Bach: The Scordatura Connection
Filament Performs "Harmony of Nations", beautiful
Ten-course lute, music by Robert Ballard and Michelangelo Galilei
Burning River Baroque - Eccles, Finger, Purcell, Blow
Abendmusik, NY's Period Instrument String band-
The Italianate Englishmen and other baroque composers, several videos.
Artek Early Music Music for Three Violins, Early
Baroque works by Castello, Fontana, Buonamente, Uccellini and Gabrieli by group
composed of three violins, viola da gamba, theorbo, harp and harpsichord.
-NY Philharmonic, video of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue".
-NY Philharmonic, video of Copland's "Appalachian Spring".
video of Mahler's "Symphony no. 1".
-Andres Segovia, 48min classical guitar concert at the Alhambra, 1976.
MOVIES STREAMED ON YOUTUBE OR OTHER SERVICE (No memberships needed. May need to click on "buy or rent".)
Typical cost $4 for HD quality. View on laptop/pad or on TV via HDMI cable from laptop.
Sita Sings The Blues, wonderful modern cartoon analog of the Ramayana. Free.
Burning, hypnotic Korean movie about a Gatsbyesque love triangle. $4 rental.
True Romance, Tarantino' violent but touching 1993 story of a quirky young couple
mixed up with the mob. $4 rental.
M, marvelous 1931 Fritz Lang thriller starring Peter Lorre. Free.
Citizen Kane, Orson Welles' 1941 classic film about William Randolph Hearst. $4 rental.
Blood Simple, Coen Brothers, striking 1985 film noire, $4 rental.
Europa Report, Sci-Fi movie (with good science and good ratings) about an expedition
to a moon of Jupiter.
Select "$2.99 rent" then "$3.99 HD". Free, but with ads.
Solaris, famous 1972 Soviet Sci-Fi film by Andrei
strange psychological phenomena among astronauts in a space station around another planet.
Select "$2.99 rent" then "$3.99 HD". Well worth the trouble.
There Will Be Blood (2007), Early 20th Century oil industry in California,
Parasite, Surprising, somewhat shocking, Korean 2019 film, $4 rental.
Election, 1999 black comedy
about a high school election, $4 rental.
Cafe Society, Woody Allen 2016 love triangle film in 1930s setting, excellent
Jesse Eisenberg role, $4 rental.
Israeli Leaders on Film - Series, $12:
"Menachem Begin: Peace and War"
"Honorable Men: The Rise and Fall of Ehud Olmert"
"King Bibi", the story of Benjamin Netanyahu's rise to power.
"Ben Gurion, Epilogue", interviews with David Ben-Gurion in his retirement years.
Virtual Programs include:
-Daily Drop-In Meditation
Zoom classes, $5 donation encouraged.
JASA (JEWISH ASSOCIATION SERVING THE AGING)
Online lectures and classes in Poetry, Art (Drama, creative arts, painting, drawing), Music,
Health (ie: nutrition, diabetes support, falls prevention), Fitness/Exercise (ie: Latin dance, Belly Dancing, Tai Chi, Yoga, Zumba,
chair exercise) and Current Events. Requires personal registration.
DOROT (Hebrew for "Generations")
Wide range of online educational and recreational activities for older adults. Current calendar here. See also
Dorot's University Without Walls.
Requires personal registration.
ISRAEL FILM CENTER STREAMING
Full-length films available for streaming, at a cost of $4-12 each, include:
Wedding Doll [Mother and young adult daughter when daughter's factory job disappears], 82min
Zaytoun [Israeli pilot shot down over Lebanon and Palestinian boy], 110min
The Kind Words [Family confronting paternity issues], 118min
One Day After Peace [musings on South Africa-style reconciliation], 87min
The Other Story [rebellious young women from orthodox community], 112min
Seven Days (Shiva) [family in wartime situation], 103min
Tuviansky [Israeli army major unjustly executed in 1948], 84min
Kippur [Helicopter rescue crew in Yom Kippur war], 110min
Unsettling [talks with residents of a West Bank settlement]
Beaufort [IDF troops prepare to abandon the fort and return home at the end of the South Lebanon war], 131min
The 90 minute war [mock Israeli-Palestinian soccer game]
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