Our latest round up to support and enjoy Downtown and our partners virtually features ways to enjoy the arts from home. Whether you are already a fan of the arts or want to take advantage of the opportunity to experience something new while social distancing (or realize maybe it’s time take a break from Netflix), this roundup will give you lots of options.
While live performances aren’t possible, the Virginia Opera is encouraging everyone to enjoy the free nightly Metropolitan Opera streams. They have also teamed up with WHRO to broadcast the audio from previous productions and stream previous education tours, and will present Giacomo Puccini's 'La Bohème' on April 30, starting at 7pm. The production (available on YouTube, Facebook, and Virginia Opera's website). Explore the articles and resources found here to expand your knowledge and enhance your experience.
Now is your chance to have a personal mini-concert from some of the talented musicians from the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. They are posting inspiring messages, updates and performances on the symphony’s Facebook page on a regular basis. Not only do you get performances, but you get to hear how these musicians are coping and still bringing their talent to the community.
WHRO is also teaming up with Virginia Symphony Orchestra and broadcasting archived live recordings of Virginia Symphony Orchestra concerts. These archived concert recordings will be available each Friday at 9pm for the next several weeks by tuning in to WHRO Classical Music at 90.3 FM, or by streaming online.
The Virginia Symphony Orchestra has also launched the Music Learning Lab, expanding free access to educational and enrichment programming through a series of videos designed to serve all ages and levels of playing ability. Videos will feature the professional musicians of the VSO in short segments about everything from introducing young children to the instruments of a symphony orchestra to addressing more advanced level musical skill-building, including playing technique through virtual master classes. Check it out here.
Unprecedented times call for innovation, and the Virginia Stage Company has created their own Virtual Stage experience featuring workshops, interactive performances and more. They recently featured a Meet Mark Twain live event on their Facebook page, and more experiences will be posted regularly. Check out their Virtual Stage page to keep track of all of their events.
Join TRDance for virtual adult classes. Starting on April 2nd, TRDance will offer classes in modern, ballet, Broadway jazz and Pilates mat. Classes are an hour and fee is $10. Click here for class schedules and to register.
In need of a laugh? Push Comedy Theater is hosting live streaming performances on their Facebook page. They are also hosting their Open Gym online via Zoom video conference, allowing you to practice sharpening your improv skills while still practicing social distancing.
The Hurrah Players are participating in their Together at Home Academy with Zoom dance and voice classes, regular updates from Hugh, and theater class assignments. Hurrah is keeping everyone’s spirits up with funny video clips and sharing links to free streaming theater performances for the family to watch together. They are also hosting a Story Book Reading every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, which they are sharing on their Facebook page.
Arts for Learning, Young Audiences of Virginia, has initiated a new program called Take Ten! to make the arts virtually accessible to youth and families through live and recorded performances and workshops. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm, a ten minute live stream of #ArtsforLearning content will stream on their Facebook page, including a variety of music, dance, and storytelling, and on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, they will be sharing videos on demand as well on their YouTube page. Be sure to check in each week for new content!
Be sure to follow all of these arts organizations on their social media channels for updates on what they are sharing to keep you educated, entertained and inspired during this time, as well as information on how you can help support these valuable organizations.