Following the chilling performances of Things That Go Bump in the Night, Main Street at the Mic is back with Cabaret & Cocktails. Main Street’s Associate Artistic Director Andrew Ruthven returns to direct a cast that includes Amanda Carlson, Chelsea Lerner, Scott Lupton, Chaney Moore, Briana Resa, and Taelon Stonecipher taking on a program that’s a throwback to Main Street’s cabaret series. The hour-long program, filmed on the Main Street stage, will feature songs from West Side Story, Waitress, The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, In the Heights, Funny Girl, and more. Cabaret & Cocktails will premiere tonight, November 19, at 7:30 p.m. on YouTube, and will be available on demand through the weekend. You can register here for free (though donations are appreciated).
Last weekend, Musiqa opened their season with the world premiere of composer Trevor Weston’s “Stars,” a Musiqa-commissioned, five-movement piece based on a poem of the same name by American poet Robert Hayden. James Templeton filmed an ensemble of five musicians performing the 15-minute work, which imitates the sound waves found in seismology recordings, while soprano Karol Bennett interprets Hayden’s words. A reading by poet Donika Kelly, written for the season opener, accompanies the piece, as do a mix of conversations that enhance program from an astronomer, professor of religion, and literary scholar. The virtual concert will be available from 5 p.m. to midnight the next two Saturdays (November 21 and 28) and Sundays (November 22 and 29). Pay-what-you-can tickets can be purchased here, with a suggested ticket price of $25.
One thing to know about Romantic era composer Carl Maria von Weber is that he had big hands. Enormous hands, really. His hands not only made him a “formidable pianist,” but make some of the chords in his Grand Duo Concertant, Op. 48, which will be featured during the DACAMERA presented recital with clarinetist Anthony McGill and pianist Gloria Chien, unable to be “played by normal human beings.” Chien will put that to the test during the concert with McGill, principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic as they play three pieces for piano and clarinet. The other two are Johannes Brahms’ Clarinet Sonatas, Op. 120, Nos. 1 and 2. The performance, which was filmed at Mechanics Hall in Massachusetts, will be available Saturday, November 21, at 7 p.m. for free with registration here.
If you’re familiar with Cone Man Running Productions, then you definitely know Spontaneous Smattering, their 24-hour race to the stage, where theater folks create and perform a short play in a day. But this weekend you can see a first: Spontaneous Scattering. The basics are the same – about 10 playwrights get a theme, they randomly draw actors, and write overnight. The next day, the actors receive their scripts, “frantically memorize like the wind and try to find costumes and props in time to perform that night.” All the same except that for Spontaneous Scattering, the medium will be Zoom and the actors will be “scattered” all around the country. The results will then be streamed this Saturday, November 21, at 7 p.m. A donation of any amount will get you the link and at the end, you can vote on some fun audience awards.
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