Top Performing Arts Streams
Musical choices range from classical to pop and rock, some presented via live streams and others as broadcasts of pre-recorded concerts. Adding to the experience, documentaries highlighting notable musicians include performances along with an insight into their background with interviews, photos and archival video.
With a diverse program of classical music premieres, the 92nd Street Y begins their winter and spring season with a pre-recorded, streamed concert by the New York Philharmonic String Quartet and world-renowned pianist Emanuel Ax. Featured pieces are Beethoven’s F-minor Quartet, “Serioso,” and Dvořák’s exuberant Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major.
Celebrating its 100th anniversary, The Town Hall has morphed its calendar of concert performances into a series called Preformances. Concerts are offered online, some free and others for a small ticket fee, featuring noted singers and musicians. Highlights include soprano Allison Charney and the Ark Trio in a free program of compositions by Michael Ching and Kim D. Sherman. As a bonus, the program includes a talkback session with the composers.
Shifting genres, on January 29, Portuguese singer Mariza celebrates the centenary of the late Queen of Fado, Amália Rodrigues. On February 12, musical superstar Judy Collins performs a recreation of her 1964 concert hall debut at The Town Hall with music by Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton and Billy Ed Wheeler among others.
If you loved the play Beautiful, you won’t want to miss this documentary celebration of the life of Carole King. Beginning January 29, Broadway on Demand presents Carole King: Natural Woman, the life and career of the artist from 1960’s New York to the music mecca of 70’s Los Angeles through the present.
Livestreamed by The Tarrytown Music Hall on January 23, the new documentary Please Call Home showcases the early days of the Allman Brothers Band. The film is followed up by a live Q&A moderated by Allman Brothers Band Museum board member Mark Franzoso. The event will be available for viewing for 48 hours.
For six days from January 19-24, theater lovers have another opportunity to hear the cast reading of Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins’ funny and powerful play Gloria. Presented as a benefit for the Vineyard Theatre, Gloria follows an ambitious group of assistants at a notorious Manhattan magazine, each of whom hopes for an editorial career and a book deal before he or she turns 30. The play moves from ordinary to extraordinary, chronicling the changing lives of each of the protagonists.
Home to the beloved Encores! musical theater series, now on pause, New York City Center has created programs to tide you over until the next season. Their re-imagined Encores! Inside the Revival presents snippets of musicals deemed worthy of revival along with behind-the-scenes conversations for each upcoming show. Just released, the 1983 Tony-nominated The Tap Dance Kid with Dulé Hill (The West Wing) is especially timely with a storyline about America as a place for everyone where every kid can and should dream. Also available for viewing are The Life with Billy Porter, Love Life with Victoria Clark, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Into the Woods.
For full-length Broadway shows on video, Broadway HD is the ticket. A yearly or monthly subscription allows access to their full library of recorded Broadway productions and more. Fan favorites are there as well as oldies that are pure magic. A sampling of shows available includes Kinky Boots, Jersey Boys, Forever Plaid, Godspell, She Loves Me, Into the Woods and Show Boat.
Broadway, television and music fans have a nightly treat with Stars in the House hosted by Sirius XM’s Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley. Streamed live Tuesday-Saturday at 8pm, Stars in the House has raised more than $650,000 in this series begun March 2020 in support of The Actors Fund. Programming changes nightly ranging from a full hour with stars from Broadway productions to reunions of casts from TV shows such as Desperate Housewives and current hit Grey’s Anatomy. All shows are archived online.