Pacific Northwest Ballet Will Stream Three Ballets for Free to the Public

Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) has announced that they will be releasing video recordings of three ballets from their repertoire for free: One Thousand Pieces (2020), Swan Lake (2018), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2019). The entire run of One Thousand Pieces was unfortunately canceled earlier this season due to COVID-19, so this recorded performance is entirely new to the public.

In addition to the three ballets that will be released for anyone to view for free, PNB will be releasing two more ballets—Giselle (2014) and Waiting at the Station (2013)—to donors, subscribers, and ticket purchasers of the respective ballets. The videos will be released over the next two months, beginning this evening, May 1 with One Thousand Pieces. The videos will be available on PNB’s Facebook page and their YouTube channel.

Over the past month we have seen numerous organizations move from the stage to the screen, doing everything they can to stay connected to their audiences during these tumultuous times. PNB Artistic Director Peter Boal spoke to our new reality, saying, “It’s hard to imagine a ballet company that doesn’t offer live performances, but in this new world we live in, we adapt as best we can. At PNB, we keep dancing, making music, creating choreography and lifting spirits. We see ballet as an essential art form and we know our audiences do too. How proud we are to share these inspired rehearsals and performances with you.”

Pacific Northwest Ballet earns over 75% of its funding through ticket sales and the PNB School tuition, much of which has been lost. So as you tune in, consider donating to the wonderful dancers, musicians, administrative and artistic staff that are bringing the ballet to your home. Donate to Pacific Northwest Ballet.  

One Thousand Pieces

May 1–6, 2020 (available to the public)

This ballet by Seattle-favorite Alejandro Cerrudo (Little mortal jump, Silent Ghost), was to be a Pacific Northwest Ballet premiere. The large-scale ensemble work is inspired by artist Marc Chagall and features the music of Philip Glass. This video was recorded at the final dress rehearsal on March 12, 2020.


May 8–13, 2020 (available to donors, subscribers and Giselle ticket holders)

Giselle, the story of a young woman who dies of a broken heart, is famous for the Wilis—a sisterhood of ghostly maidens who call Giselle’s spirit from the grave to take revenge on the nobleman who betrayed her. This production uses the choreography of Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, Marius Petipa, and Peter Boal, with music by Adolphe Adam. This is an archival video from opening night on May 30, 2014, featuring Kaori Nakamura and Jerome Tisserand.

Company dancers in Kent Stowell's Swan Lake
Swan Lake

May 22–27, 2020 (available to the public)

Ever since Kent Stowell’s stunning new production of Swan Lake marked the grand opening of McCaw Hall, audiences have been awestruck by its transcendent beauty and power. This most famous of classical ballets is a tour de force on all levels: Tchaikovsky’s glorious score, spectacular costume and scenic designs, plus a ballerina’s hallmark achievement, the dual role of Odette/Odile. This video was recorded at the final dress rehearsal on February 1, 2018, featuring Noelani Pantastico and Seth Orza.

Waiting at the Station

June 5–10, 2020 (available to donors, subscribers and Pite-Tharp-Liang ticket holders)

Waiting at the Station is a short narrative ballet choreographed by Twyla Tharp and set to a collection of compositions—both old and new—by R&B artist Allen Toussaint. Scenic and costume designs by Santo Loquasto set the scene in 1940’s New Orleans. This video was recorded at the final dress rehearsal on September 27, 2013.This video release will also include tributes to departing dancers Benjamin Griffiths and Margaret Mullin.

Jonathan Porretta in George Balanchine's Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

June 24–29, 2020 (available to the public)

A garden of delight for all ages, PNB’s production of George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream—Shakespeare’s comic tale of romantic confusion—charms all who wander into its enchanted realm. Set deep in a lush Northwest-inspired forest, the ballet follows the quarrels of the King and Queen of the Fairies and mayhem of mismatched lovers, abetted by mischief-maker Puck. This video was recorded at the final dress rehearsal on April 11, 2019, featuring Laura Tisserand and Kyle Davis.

‘Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin’ Live From Italy

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and Seattle Rep are providing tickets to their audiences for a one-night-only musical event that will be live streamed on May 10 from Florence, Italy.

Hershey Felder will give a one-time-only performance this Mother’s Day as “the immigrant songwriter who gave America a voice.” The event, live streamed from Florence, will be presented and hosted by Hershey Felder Presents, but tickets are being sold by regional theatres across the country, including Seattle Rep, TheatreWorks and Berkeley Rep. A portion of the ticket sales will go back to the regional theatres, so theatres are asking patrons to purchase from the theatre they’d like to support.  

Hershey Felder has found himself quarantined in Florence during these unprecedented times. In a letter to audiences he said, “As otherworldly as it is here, I am still drawn to the many theatres that have given me homes over the years, and so together we have created a nationwide event paying tribute to America’s greatest songwriter, Irving Berlin. Proceeds from this event will benefit each of the many participating theatres throughout the nation.”

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin, which has been performed in theatres nationally and internationally, features beloved songs such as “God Bless America,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “White Christmas” and more. They will be performed on a set created as Irving Berlin’s home on Beekman Place in Manhattan, safely in a quarantined space.

Hershey Felder stated that in addition to the original performance he will be performing, “new additional material that speaks to our times, as well as a few surprises.” Also, audiences will be able to ask questions, sent in by text, which he will answer live.   

Tickets for the event are available for $50 per household through Seattle Rep, TheatreWorks and Berkeley Rep. The event will be streamed on May 10 at 5 p.m. PST, 7 p.m. CST, 8 p.m. EST. The performance will be available to view for 72 hours after the event and runs for 1 hour and 45 minutes, plus a 10-minute talkback.

Updated May 4, 2020: Updated to include Seattle Rep as an additional theatre which is selling tickets to the performance. Previous versions only included TheatreWorks and Berkeley Rep.

Keep the Kids Busy: Activities and Educational Resources From Performing Arts Organizations

Are you at your wits end trying to come up with ways to keep your children occupied during the shelter-in-place order? With many people in the country social distancing for the past month, and facing a few more weeks, finding new activities for kids may seem impossible.

Local arts organizations understand the difficulty and are offering a myriad of ways to help. We’ve assembled a list of performing arts organizations from the Greater Seattle Area and San Francisco Bay Area that are providing both educational and fun resources for toddlers to teens. These range from arts and crafts, to sing-alongs, to reading resources. So grab those kids and embrace the home life.

Literary Study

California Shakespeare Theater is offering its library of in-depth study guides to support students, teachers, and parents during school closures. Dive into MacbethA Midsummer Night’s Dream, black odyssey, and many more. View full guide list.  

This Friday and the following week, you and your teen can join Seattle Rep on Zoom for their book club on Jane Austen’s Emma. The book club will discuss themes, characters and adapting the story for the stage. Plus, they will host a teens-only discussion following the general public portion of the book club where they will host activities like chapter discussions and writing exercises. Join now.

Music and Sing-alongs

Every Saturday morning, Seattle Opera presents Opera Time, a musical storytelling program lead by a teaching artist. Opera Time is appropriate for children in pre-K through 2nd Grade. This week’s installment features an easy at-home craft (make your own shaker instrument—out of an empty toilet paper roll!) and an interactive, sing-along reading of children’s book Mortimer. View videos all on YouTube.

Every week, Seattle Symphony presents new family programming videos for young ones. Meet the Instrument teaches children about orchestra instruments by musicians of the Symphony. Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots is hosted by John Turman (read our interview with him here) and includes sing-alongs and musical clips shared by members of the orchestra. This week’s focus is on percussion. View all videos on YouTube.   

Arts, Crafts and More

Seattle Children’s Theatre is offering daily activities as part of the SCT @ Home program. With an aim of keeping small hands and minds busy, the activities include games, coloring pages, drama activities, crafts and more. The range from fun to educational, including subjects like social and emotional learning from The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane or puppet building from PinocchioView all activities here.

Seattle Children’s Theatre is also presenting Ghost Light Stories every Friday evening. These 15-minute episodes take a look at things that scare us, thrill us, and ignite courage. The stories are hosted by Kathryn Van Meter, interim artistic director. View videos here.

California Shakespeare Theater is challenging all K through 12th Grade students to perform their favorite 90-second Shakespearean monologue and to upload it to social media as part of #ShelterHereabouts K–12 Edition. When uploading the video, use the hashtags #ShelterHereabouts, #Calshakes, and #CreateAtHome, and tag @calshakes and @calshakesconservatory. Cal Shakes will repost on their social media platforms and website for all to enjoy.

Seattle Shakespeare Company is inviting you and the kids to participate in a Shakes-bear Hunt. As part of a nation-wide effort to provide a bright spot during this time, people are placing bears in their windows for children (and adults!) to find as they spend time outside. Seattle Shakespeare is inviting you to join in with Ruffles Shakesbear. They’ve created their own bear that you and your kids can print out and place in the window of your home for others to find. And if you happen to see Ruffles when you are out and about, be sure to take a picture and tag @seattleshakespeare.

Six Ways to Celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday

This week, we celebrate William Shakespeare’s birth. While the exact day of the Bard’s birth is contested, it is generally observed on April 23, which is also the day he died 52 years later. With social distancing, stress and sickness affecting our everyday lives, it is the perfect time to lose ourselves in the Forest of Arden, or get swept up in the passion of young lovers. Even losing our minds along with a young prince may seem preferable for an afternoon. So to help lose ourselves in the worlds and words of the Bard, and to honor his life, we’ve compiled a list of ways to celebrate.

Romeo and Juliet

Former Shakespeare’s Globe Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole’s 2009 production brings refreshing clarity to one of Shakespeare’s most famous and best-loved tragedies, drawing out the contemporary relevance of this passionate teenage love story. This production from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is streaming for free through May 3. Watch on YouTube.

Much Ado About Nothing

For the first time in over four decades, Great Performances presents a Public Theater production recorded live at Free Shakespeare in the Park. After a highly successful, critically acclaimed run at the outdoor Delacorte Theater in New York City’s Central Park, Much Ado About Nothing is a bold interpretation of Shakespeare’s comedic masterpiece featuring Danielle Brooks as Beatrice. This recording is available through March 26. Watch now.

Run the Canon

A 10-minute weekly video lecture series with Resident Dramaturg of California Shakespeare Theater Philippa Kelly. Covering every single one of Shakespeare’s 37 plays over 37 weeks, Kelly will bring the same breadth and insight that she does to her famous pre-show Grove Talks. Watch on Youtube: The Tempest and Love’s Labour’s Lost.

Ruff Reads

Seattle Shakespeare Company will host a free live stream reading of Romeo and Juliet with the cast of the company’s spring touring production. The live stream event will be hosted by Artistic Director George Mount with Education Director Michelle Burce serving as moderator. A brief Q&A session will follow the reading. The event will take place on April 25 at 7:30 p.m. Watch on YouTube.

Interactive Study Guides

California Shakespeare Theater is offering their library of in-depth study guides for teachers, students and Shakespeare enthusiasts everywhere. The study guides include plot summary, character descriptions, histories of the plays, study of Shakespeare’s language and more. View the full archive.

Encore Arts Programs

Explore our archive of programs for productions from Seattle Shakespeare Company and California Shakespeare Theater to dive deeper into the shows they’ve produced in the past. Programs include notes from the dramaturg and creative team, information on the play, and other articles.

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Bay Area Artists Participate in Play at Home Project

Julia Cho, Min Kahng and Peter Sinn Nachtrieb are among a growing list of playwrights who are contributing to Play at Home, a new project that commissions playwrights to write a short play that becomes available to the public via a free download.

As many theatres around the country have been canceling performances, and entire seasons, a group including Baltimore Center Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, The Public Theater, Repertory Theater of St Louis, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company began a project to help keep people connected through live theatre. Since starting, more theatres around the country have joined in. Through these micro-commissions, the group aims to support freelance artists, to get people offline and immersed in live theatre, and to inspire joy, imagination and connection.  

Today, Berkeley Repertory Theatre announced that three Bay Area writers have joined Play at Home and will each be writing a 10-minute play that can be performed by people in their own homes. Each play, written over the course of 3-5 days, is intended to be imaginative, playful and joyful.

Johanna Pfaelzer, the artistic director of Berkeley Rep, looks forward to the collaboration, stating, “We are thrilled to participate in Play at Home and to be able to include three Bay Area writers who have each previously participated in Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor Summer Residency Lab. In a moment in which we are all longing for connection, this initiative allows us to connect artists we believe in with audiences who we know will welcome the gift of these writers’ imaginations. I hope people will create something from the artists’ work that will amuse and delight them, and that they will then share that work with us via their own social media platforms.”

In addition to Julia Cho (Aubergine), Min Kahng (Where the Mountain Meets the Moon) and Peter Sinn Nachtrieb (Fall Springs), participating playwrights include Lauren Yee, Michael R. Jackson, Aleshea Harris, Anna Ziegler, and Heather Raffo, among others.  

With the list of theatres and playwrights involved growing, Play at Home offers a fantastic library of short plays for anyone and everyone to enjoy. They can be read and acted alone or with friends and family (virtually or in-person). So get up off the couch for 10 minutes and be a part of live theatre from your home. And don’t forget to share and connect via social media by tagging #PlayAtHome.

View the collection of plays and playwrights here.

ArtsFund Names Michael Greer as New President and CEO

The Seattle-based non-profit has appointed Michael Greer as their new president and CEO after an extensive national search. He will assume leadership from the interim CEO Susan M. Coliton on June 8.

Michael Greer has been executive director of Oregon Ballet Theatre since 2017 and his experience spans both for-profit and non-profit sectors. Greer was selected for the position after a national search conducted by a committee comprised of ArtsFund trustees and external cultural and civic partners including Michael Brown (Seattle Foundation), Bernie Griffin (The 5th Avenue Theatre) and Beth Takekawa (Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience).

Discussing the selection, Griffin stated, “As a candidate, Michael stood out with his unique combination of the passion and creativity of the artist and the business acumen and political sensitivity of an executive. As a dynamic new leader in the Puget Sound arts community, Michael’s deep understanding of the value organizations large and small contribute to a healthy arts ecosystem will be vital to crafting innovative partnerships and strategies to help our sector, and our community at large, recover and rebuild.”

Before serving as the executive director of the largest professional dance company in Oregon, Greer was the executive director of the Portland Ballet in Maine. Greer also has experience in advocacy positions, serving as a Trustee on the Oregon Arts Commission, Cultural Advocacy Coalition, and the United Way of Greater Portland.

In addition to his previous executive positions, Greer was a dancer with Ballet West in Salt Lake City, where he was the first black dancer in company history. He danced professionally for six years before retiring at 24.

Greer looks forward to the future and his new position, stating, “King County, and the Pacific Northwest more broadly, is at the forefront of the next generation of global leadership. The industries represented in this community have an amplified voice on the world stage and will be instrumental in shaping our future. I want to ensure that arts and culture are part of that conversation. The institutions that ArtsFund supports represent a diverse, inclusive, and truly world-class cross-section of what King County has to offer. I want to be a part of supporting those institutions as they share those values with the world.”

Performing Arts Podcasts and Playlists to Stream

We’ve gathered some of the best performing arts podcasts and playlists to stream this week at home. Dive deeper into opera and theatre productions with podcasts, or listen to symphony and musical recordings. Whether you need some new background music for working from home or you just need to escape for a few minutes, we’ve got you covered.

Repisodes: The Berkeley Rep Podcast

Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Repisode series focuses on the mainstage plays in their season. The podcasts are conversations with artists and experts around the shows to give listeners a more in-depth look at the performance and background of the play.

The guests of the podcast vary widely from Jocelyn Bioh, playwright of School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play, to local Wiccan priestess Carolyn Hunt who was a consultant for Berkeley Rep for the production of Becky Nurse of Salem.

Repisodes cover performances from the end of the 2017-18 season to the current season. Listen on iTunes or SoundCloud.   

Opera for the Soul

In addition to posting daily videos of resident artists performing uplifting songs from home (Odes to Joy), San Francisco Opera has a variety of playlists available to stream. The curated playlists feature beloved San Francisco Opera performers and range from upbeat to personal staff favorites. Listen on Spotify.

Seattle Opera Podcasts and Playlists

With 47 episodes available, Seattle Opera’s podcast offers hours of listening material with a variety of focuses. The topics range from “Opera and Literature” to “Opera 101.” Each episode gives listeners insight into the music and drama of beloved operas. Listen on iTunes or SoundCloud.

Get ready for Seattle Opera’s 2020-21 season with their new playlists. You can listen to the highlights of the whole season, or choose one opera to delve into. Upset that La bohème was cancelled? Listen to playlist to help fill the void. Listen on Soundcloud.

Seattle Symphony Playlists

Seattle Symphony has many recorded performances available to stream. A few favorites include John Luther Adams’ Become Desert, conducted by Ludovic Morlot with the Seattle Symphony Chorale; The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky, conducted by Gerard Schwarz; or the complete symphonies of Tchaikovsky. Listen on Spotify.

Theatreworks Silicon Valley: The Prince of Egypt

Stream the original London cast recording of The Prince of Egypt musical, which had its world premiere at TheatreWorks in 2017. Inspired by the DreamWorks Animation film and featuring a score that includes the Academy Award-winning “When You Believe” by the composer and lyricist of Wicked, Stephen Schwartz. Listen to full musical recording on Spotify and watch TheatreWorks’ performance of “Through “Heaven’s Eyes” below.

Online Theatre Classes for Kids and Teens

With schools all over the country closed, some for the rest of the school year, many parents are looking for new ways to keep their children occupied. And even though many schools are offering online classes with video chats between teachers and students, your child may be missing the more engaging and social aspects of school.

To help fill this deficit, many theatres are offering classes online. Amid the shelter-at-home and social distancing orders, performing arts organizations have been particularly susceptible to financial loss and were among the first institutions to close their doors. But even though times are tough, they are finding new and inventive ways to connect with the youth. Because their usual acting classes have been canceled, they have moved online, offering everything from monologue preparation, to dance classes, to vocal lessons.

By signing up your child for one of these classes, not only are you providing them with a creative and social outlet, but you’re also supporting these Greater Seattle Area and San Francisco Bay Area theatres during their most vulnerable time. Registration is now open for classes that begin as soon as next week, so take a look at the wide variety of offerings for kindergarteners to high schoolers.  

A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory

American Conservatory Theater is offering virtual classes for ages 8 to 19 through their Young Conservatory, an internationally recognized professional theatre training program.

Options include private coaching or group classes, which are divided by age range. The courses include workshops focusing on acting, movement, monologues and more. Classes meet twice a week for four weeks via Zoom.

Spring classes: April 13–May 8; $175

Private coaching: Start anytime; $115 per hour

Berkeley Rep School of Theatre

Berkeley Repertory Theatre is offering online theatre classes for young adults in grades 6 to 12 taught by reputable theatre artists, many of whom have performed on Berkeley Rep’s stage or worked behind the scenes. Available for grades 6–8 is an on-camera acting class. For grades 9–12 they offer musical theatre audition prep, play analysis, and a monologue workshop. Each course is taught once a week for five weeks.

Also available from Berkeley Rep is Family Comedy Zoom: A Long Distance Variety Show. Together with the whole family, learn a new technique and make a performance piece. Use items from your closet, kitchen and garage to create a fun and inventive performance. All the pieces will be put together to create the variety show “Funny Comedy Zoom!” The performance will be Zoomed live by Berkeley Rep to family and friends and all families will have their own recording for future family functions. This is a weekly course for five weeks.

Youth On-Camera Acting: April 14–May 12; $110

Teen Monologue Workshop: April 14–May 12; $110

Teen Play Analysis: What Makes a New Play “Good”?: April 15–May 13; $110

Teen Musical Theatre Audition Preparation: April 16–May 14; $110

Family Comedy Zoom: A Long Distance Variety Show: April 11–May 9; $140 per family

Studio East’s Remote Learning

Studio East’s Remote Learning programming will connect students and teachers through video conferencing and other digital materials. Classes are available for grades K to 12. Course subjects include: play creation, creative movement, playwriting, vocal lessons, character development, radio drama, musical auditions, understanding Shakespeare, dance workshops, and drama book club.

Tap Dance Workshop: Thursday, April 16; $10

Combinations Dance Workshop: Thursday, April 23; $10

Drama Book Club: Wednesdays, join anytime through June 17; $150

All other classes: Monday–Friday, April 13–17 OR April 20–24; $75–100

Fridays @ The 5th

The 5th Avenue Theatre is hosting a weekly online event for high school students. Workshops are taught by a range of musical theatre actors and artists, and discuss topics such as comedic relief, building blocks for healthy singing, and pursuing theatre in college.

Fridays @ The 5th: Every Friday; Free, but please consider donating

Playwright Danielle Mohlman Announces ‘Nexus,’ a Live Theatre Project Performed by Quarantined Couples

Nexus will run April 17 to May 17, with a different couple performing the play each night.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Seattle-based playwright and Encore Spotlight contributor Danielle Mohlman is bridging the digital divide with a three-week run of her two-character play Nexus, with a different quarantined set of actors performing the play live from their living room each night. Nexus, which was developed at Arena Stage from 2013–2014 before premiering at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, NY in 2015, is a modern love story that explores what transpires when two people become addicted to each other. It’s a play about two people who can’t stop seeing each other, a theme that’s become increasingly literal in the age of self-quarantine.

Tickets to Nexus are pay what you can, with ticket sales going directly to the artists involved. The play will be performed on Zoom, with a different set of performers broadcasting live from their living room each night.

Nexus features actors from across the country, representing Seattle, WA; San Diego, CA; New York, NY; Washington, DC; and Jersey City, NJ—among others. Performers include Erika Vetter and Adam Fontana, Jenna Berk and Danny Cackley, Alia Thomaier and Ricky Spaulding, Keiko Green and MJ Sieber, Corinne Magin and Andy Buffelen, Emily Huntingford and Mike Lion, Mariella Klinger and Dave Seamon, and Noelle Viñas and Kevin Vincenti, with additional performers to be announced.

About the Play

When two iPhone-armed strangers meet at a bus stop in Washington, DC, they’re entirely unprepared to spend three years falling in and out of love with each other. But, of course, that’s exactly what happens. This unexpectedly honest and refreshingly modern love story explores what transpires when two people become addicted to each other — putting them metaphorically on display at the Museum of Broken Relationships.

About the Playwright
Playwright Danielle Mohlman. PHOTO BY KATIE GULLICKSON

Danielle Mohlman is a nationally produced playwright based in Seattle, WA. Her plays have been developed or produced at Arena Stage, the Kennedy Center, the Cherry Lane Theatre, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, Rorschach Theatre, Forum Theatre, dog & pony dc, Hubbard Hall, Pinky Swear Productions, Dreamwell Theatre, and Field Trip Theatre, among others.

Her plays include Stopgap (Field Trip Theatre, DCCAH Larry Neal Award finalist); Nexus (Hubbard Hall, Dreamwell Theatre, Kilroys honorable mention, DCCAH Larry Neal Award finalist, Woodward/Newman Award finalist); Dust (Dacha Theatre, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center semi-finalist, Finish Line Commission); Halcyon (Seattle Public Theatre, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center semi-finalist); Rushing (The Scratch, Umbrella Project Writers Group); Voyagers (ACT Theatre, ART/New York); and Frankenstein.

Danielle is an alumna of Playwrights’ Arena at Arena Stage, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship, and the Umbrella Project Writers Group. She is a proud graduate of both Cal Poly Pomona and Emerson College.

Updated May 4, 2020: Nexus was originally scheduled to close on May 3, after a successful three-week run. The production is now scheduled to run until May 17. The extension week will include performances from Claire Idstrom and Dylan Zucati, Leah Sainz-Jones and Ben Swenson-Klatt, Kathryn Metzger and Rob Hille, and Julia Holden-Hunkins and Spencer Funk.

Tickets and more information can be found at

Stanford Live Introduces a 2020 Digital Season

Stanford Live has canceled all performances through May 15, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the shows. Although it may not be quite the same as sitting in a venue, Stanford Live is bringing many of their canceled performers to your home with their 2020 digital season. We fully endorse Stanford Live’s advice: “Pour yourself your favorite beverage—no protective lids required—and enjoy the show.”

Included below is a selection of Stanford Live’s digital offerings; their full options can be found on their website.

Concerts and More

Sounds of Cuba: Bobi Céspedes

Gladys “Bobi” Céspedes has been at the forefront of representing and promoting Cuban music in the Bay Area and the United States for over 40 years. Boldly celebrating the strength acquired through her rich familial and cultural legacy, Bobi pays tribute to the forces that sustain her music and nourish her spirit. See her perform two songs, “Obatala” and “Rezos,” in this recording of a 2014 show at Mills College in Oakland. Mills College-8 minutes

Van-Anh Vanessa Vo

While Vân Ánh (Vanessa) Võ is one of Vietnam’s most celebrated traditional artists, she revels in the freedom she’s found in the various musical styles surrounding her in the Bay Area. An award-winning traditional performer and virtuoso on 16-string dan tranh (zither), she’s also an Emmy Award-winning composer who has collaborated with Kronos Quartet. We will miss her performance in the Bing Studio, but we hope you enjoy this intimate Tiny Desk performance. NPR Tiny Desk Concert-18 minutes

Gong Linna & Bang on a Can All Stars: Tan Te

Chinese vocalist, Gong Linna, joins New York’s electric Bang on a Can All-Stars. Weaving together ancient Chinese storytelling and Western songwriting, Cloud River Mountain honors the “sound worlds” of both China and the West, fusing texts sung in both Mandarin and English with sophisticated chamber music, rock, folk, and jazz. Cantaloupe Music NYC-4 minutes

Daniel Caesar

Caesar’s work blends R&B with electronics and includes critically-acclaimed Eps Praise Break, Pilgrim’s Paradise, and Freudian, which won the 2018 Juno Award for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year. NPR Tiny Desk Concert-16 minutes

Lectures and Conversations

Neil Gaiman and Margaret Atwood

Neil Gaiman converses with Margaret Atwood to celebrate her 75th birthday and explores the prescience of “The Handmaid’s Tale” among other topics. 92nd street Y-43 minutes

Oskar Eustis: Why Theater is Essential to Democracy

Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of The Public Theater in New York, speaks to the importance of dialogue in theater to give perspective and empathy, that truth is not held within one person, but by the conflict of various points of view. TED Talk-13 minutes

Lang Lang Up Close

Lang Lang is a leading figure in classical music today – as a pianist, educator and philanthropist he has become one of the world’s most influential and committed ambassadors for the arts in the 21st century. Heralded by the New York Times as “the hottest artist on the classical music planet,” Lang Lang plays sold-out concerts all over the world. The Green Space at WNYC & WQXR-42 minutes

Bruce Cockburn on Crowing Ignites

One of Canada’s finest lyricists has decided to lose the words—at least for the moment. Bruce Cockburn joins Tom Power to discuss his new instrumental album, “Crowing Ignites.” This is Cockburn’s 34th album and is made up of eleven new compositions. q on CBC-58 minutes