Well, if there’s one positive to virtual programming, it’s that it’s less likely to be cancelled in the event of bad weather. Less likely, but not impossible. With that in mind, check out our list of this week’s best bets, most virtual and a couple you can attend in-person, rain gods be willing.
If you’re interested in or open to learning more about composers like Chevalier de Saint-Georges or George Bridgewater, both named to a list of “Black composers whose works deserve to be heard more often,” then join the Galveston Symphony Orchestra tonight, Thursday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m. when they host 500 Years: Musicians and Composers of African Descent in Classical Music and Opera – A Music History Lecture presented by mezzo-soprano Givonna Joseph. The multi-hyphenate (performer, educator, music therapist and founder/artistic director of New Orleans' OperaCréole) will lead the free virtual presentation, which you can view on Zoom here or on the Galveston Symphony Orchestra’s Facebook page.
Last Friday, Classical Theatre Company premiered their first episode of their new virtual radio play, J.M. Synge's The Well of the Saints. Synge's tragicomedy, arranged as a radio play by CTC Artistic Director John Johnston, is set in a rural Irish village around the 1900s where an older blind couple (played by Rutherford Cravens and Holly Haire) are met by a saint who restores their eyesight. The only problem is that their fellow villagers have long lied to them about their “beautiful” appearance. You can catch up on episode one of the farce on CTC’s YouTube channel while you await the premiere of episode two on Friday, May 21. The third and final episode will debut on Monday, May 24.
If not for the special interest guitarist and lutenist Arash Noori took in Polish lute music, Ars Lyrica might not be presenting a program, Cantio Polonica, completely dedicated to early Polish music on Sunday, May 23, at 6 p.m. Noori curated the concert, for which Ars Lyrica has partnered with the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Houston and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, to feature lesser known but important composers Marcin Mielczewski, Adam Jarzebski and Wojciech Dlugoraj. You can purchase a single event pass to view the virtual broadcast, which is also the finale of Ars Lyrica’s Side by Side concert series, here for $10.
Want to see sexagenarians try online video dating for the first time? Visit a world where everyone is a remote worker and physical touch is a no-no? Meet a woman who specializes in peddling doomsday wares stuck in her own doomsday bunker with only a sex robot? If so, you’ll want to join Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company this week for the fourth edition of the FEMFEST HOUSTON reading series, FEMFEST HOUSTON: VIRUS EDITION. The three pandemic-inspired plays will be streamed consecutively starting with Brandy C. Carie’s dark comedy Everybody’s Dead from Monday, May 24, to June 3. Lia Romero’s Sitting and Talking will follow from June 4 through 13, and HiTouch by Amy Gijsbers Van Wijk from June 14 to the 24. You can register for free here, though donations are appreciated.
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