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By Mary Lathem
We’re not leaving our houses as much these days, but when great classical music and educational opportunities are a click away, there’s no need to distance ourselves from the regional arts and culture scene. Mark your calendars and settle in for the top 5 virtual events we’re looking forward to this week.
1. DavidsonLearns’ “Living Room Learning” Series: Dive into Chamber Music
Wednesday, July 29, 4:30 p.m. ET
WDAV and DavidsonLearns are teaming up to present a special installment of the “Living Room Learning” Series: Deep Dive into Chamber Music. Watch a trio of stellar performances from our Young Chamber Musicians Competition at this link before the event, then join a free Zoom discussion with Davidson College Music professor Mauro Botelho.
2. The Brevard Music Center’s Janiec Opera Company presents Zoom Speed Dating Tonight!
Saturday, July 25, 8:00 p.m. ET
The Janiec Opera Company of the Brevard Music Center premiered Michael Ching’s opera Speed Dating Tonight! in 2013 – and now the company is sharing a new version updated for the Zoom era. Conceived and created by Dean Anthony, the virtual production of Zoom Speed Dating Tonight! features 56 alumni performers alongside special guests Carolina Worra and Reginald Smith, Jr., with several other alumni contributing to video production and editing. Learn more about the show and how to watch at this link.
Find more online offerings from the Brevard Music Center Summer Festival here.
3. Eastern Music Festival’s Behind the Baton
Fridays, July 24 and 31, 1:00 p.m. ET
The 59th season of the Eastern Music Festival has shifted to an online format and continues to provide opportunities for musical enrichment throughout the month of July. Each Friday during the festival, music director Gerard Schwarz hosts “Behind the Baton” conversations with EMF faculty artists offering insights on past performances. These events and more are accessible live via the Eastern Music Festival’s Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube channels.
Find more online offerings from the Eastern Music Festival here.
4. An Appalachian Summer Festival: Emerson String Quartet
Sunday, July 26, 2:00 p.m. ET
After hosting an online event nearly every day in July, An Appalachian Summer Festival in Boone is wrapping up their virtual season with one more week of engaging arts and culture. This Sunday, the Emerson String Quartet will join AASF for a Q&A session and preview their scheduled appearance as part of the 2021 season via YouTube Live.
Find more online offerings from An Appalachian Summer Festival here.
5. CSO al Fresco: Brass
Wednesday, July 29, 7:30 p.m. ET
Charlotte Symphony al Fresco is a new, free virtual concert series featuring CSO musicians. Every Wednesday, principal cellist Alan Black has hosted performances from his backyard in Charlotte, where guests from the CSO perform a variety of works and provide a glimpse into their lives as performing musicians. Featuring a quintet of CSO brass players, the final CSO al Fresco concert can be accessed via Facebook and YouTube Live.
Find more digital content from #CSOAtHome here.