Culture To Do From Your Couch

Though many favorite events have been cancelled, there are still ways to enjoy the things you love! Check out this list of programming, exhibits, virtual events and concerts you can enjoy from the comfort of your home.

And as some live events are now emerging — with careful safety protocols — we’ll let you know about them too! NEPM's got you covered to keep your life filled with the arts and culture you crave.

This newsletter is sent out on the first and third Wednesday of every month.

PVMA Memorial Hall Museum, Deerfield
Tuesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 15 at 7 p.m. on Zoom

Every other Tuesday at 7 p.m., the PVS Summer Singalong Series offers virtual singalongs of beloved pieces from the choral cannon and extraordinary contemporary pieces, led by acclaimed music leaders. Each singalong event will be interwoven with conversations that provide a behind-the-scenes look at the process of understanding, preparing and presenting the music. First up — PVS Chorus Director Sarah Paquet leads a singalong of José Maurício Nunes Garcia's Requiem.

Outdoor Concert at the Florence Congregational Church
Friday, June 11 at 5 p.m.
Ravid Kahalani’s Yemen Blues project begins and ends with the singer’s rhapsodic voice and a Yemeni accent acquired from childhood religious singing — but everything in the middle is global, funky, and outrageous. Kahalani’s music reaches into Moroccan gnawa, Nigerian afrobeat, ecstatic jazz, and global soul.

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The Clark
"The Rhinoceros, from Every Angle” Virtual Lecture by Kathleen Morris
Saturday, June 5 at 2 p.m.

The rhinoceros has been called a surrealist animal due to its associations with the work of Eugène Ionesco, Salvador Dalí, and François-Xavier Lalanne. Exhibition curator Kathleen Morris explores the ways these artists used the captivating mammal in their work. She focuses particularly on François-Xavier Lalanne, who repeatedly employed the animal as a subject, including mounting an exhibition in 1980 called “Le Rhinocéros dans tous ses états.”

Lake Street Dive

Jun 2, 2021

Signature Sounds Livestreams
Lake Street Dive
June 5 & 6, June 10 & 11

Lake Street Dive is a multi-genre band that was formed in 2004 at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. The band's founding members are Rachael Price, Mike "McDuck" Olson, Bridget Kearney, and Mike Calabrese. Keyboardist Akie Bermiss joined the band on tour in. The band is based in Brooklyn and frequently tours in North America, Australia, and Europe. Lake Street Dive released their first Signature Sounds Recordings album, in November 2010.

Friday, June 4 at 8 p.m.

Berkshire Playwrights Lab and the Mahaiwe co-present an encore YouTube screening of James Anthony Tyler’s Some Old Black Man, starring Wendell Pierce and Charlie Robinson. The performance will be followed by an encore conversation with the actors, the playwright, and director Joe Cacaci. The play was first presented by Berkshire Playwrights Lab in 2015 as a staged reading at the Mahaiwe.

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Springfield Science Museum
Open Now through September 12, 2021

Plan a trip to the Springfield Museums for an extraordinary adventure! Kids can step into the world of Wild Kratts® to explore the secret lives of amazing creatures in this special exhibit. Families will have fun learning about animal habitats from around the globe, discover incredible creature powers and go on a mission to foil the villains’ nefarious plans. PLUS! Watch Wild Kratts on NEPM TV weekdays at 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.


May 21, 2021

Audio-Guided Theater by John Bechtold

Promenades is a series of audio-guided theater works by John Bechtold, designed to be experienced at various outdoor public spaces in the Pioneer Valley. For each Promenade, you download an app-based "walk,” put your headphones on, and walk through outdoor spaces, letting your imagination weave a relationship between the audio from your headphones and the beautiful environment around you. Promenade #1 is at the Larch Hill Conservation Area in Amherst and features the words of Robert Frost and Louise Glück.

Ellen Cogen and John Mason

May 21, 2021

Live from the Sanctuary
Sunday, May 30 at 7 p.m.

Musical and real-life partners John Mason and Ellen Cogen have been performing together since 2009, when John invited Ellen to sit in with him on a gig. They collaborate in a variety of styles, from classical to jazz and rock, and also enjoy improvisational explorations. Both are also professors of music and met as colleagues at Holyoke Community College.

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Outdoor Live Concert at MASS MoCA
Saturday, May 29 at 9 p.m.

MASS MoCA offers an evening with two young luminaries working at the intersection of ambient and electronic music. Vocalist Julianna Barwick and harpist Mary Lattimore share a love for looping and layering – prepare to be transported by their dulcet tones.

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Online May 26 – June 1

This spring’s Paradise City Northampton is a virtual event. While nothing could compare to attending in person, you’ll be able to visit exhibitors’ online booths and take virtual studio tours. We’ll just have to wait until next year for the fabulous food and music!

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Premieres Tuesday, May 25 at 8 p.m.
Streaming through July 31

The UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center joins with a group of arts institutions across the nation to premiere the short film about a new aria by composer and activist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR). Directed by filmmaker Yoram Savion, the film features mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges performing DBR’s new aria written to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

Lawrence Brownlee

May 21, 2021

Virtual Recital from Music Worcester
Saturday, May 22 at 7 p.m.

Acclaimed classical vocalist Lawrence Brownlee will present “Songs Of My Youth” as a community benefit concert via live stream from Worcester’s BrickBox Theater at the JMAC.  All ticket sale proceeds from this virtual concert will be passed on to several programs and organizations addressing systemic racism and racial injustice in the Greater Worcester community.

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Simultaneously formal and lyrical, constructed and poetic, Don Gummer’s three-dimensional works explore ideas about balance, stability, energy, and space. Best known for abstract, large-scale sculptures that seem to reach, swirl, or expand upward, Gummer has long been invested in creating pieces with presence. Influenced by the structured beauty of floorplans, the artist began a series of large, wooden wall reliefs in the early 1970s.

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Starts Sunday, May 9

The Festival de Jerez is the foremost Flamenco and Spanish Dance Festival in the world.  In 2021, it celebrates its landmark 25th edition. This year, Third Row will bring performances from Spain’s historic Villamarta Theatre to a global audience through a collection of festival live streams. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to see some of Spain’s finest performers and their newest masterworks from the comfort and safety your home.

Saturday, May 8 at 5 p.m.

Opens Saturday, May 8
It has been more than forty years since an American art museum has shown the work of sculptors Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, and the Clark’s exhibition this summer provides a fresh perspective on these innovative artists. Their imaginative and powerful sculptures have long delighted international audiences and collectors. During their remarkable careers, the married artists worked and exhibited together, often under the joint name “Les Lalanne,” although they seldom collaborated on objects.

Tune Yards at MASS MoCA

Saturdays, May 8 and May 15

Saturday, May 8 at 7 p.m. on Zoom

Join the Pioneer Valley Symphony for a virtual event marking a year of collective grief, resilience and hope with a unique virtual performance of the Fauré Requiem interspersed with video stories from local community members reflecting on the tragedy and triumph they have experienced during the pandemic. Music lovers, singers and musicians are invited to listen, sing, or play along with the beloved work.

World Premiere of Written-for-Zoom Play by Steve Wangh
March 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m.
March 28 at 3 p.m.
April 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m.
April 4 at 3 p.m.

Rhiannon Giddens’ lifelong mission is to lift up people of color whose contributions to American musical history have previously been erased, and to work toward a more accurate understanding of the country’s musical origins. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied opera, Giddens has been Grammy-nominated six times, and won once, for her work with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, a group she co-founded.

Hosted by MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Rhiannon Giddens, the Aria Code podcast pulls back the curtain on some of the most famous arias in opera history. Each episode explores how these musical moments have imprinted themselves in our collective consciousness. For the Season 3 premiere, Metropolitan Opera Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin joins Giddens and other guests to explore “Nessun dorma,” a hopeful declaration of love and victory from Puccini’s Turandot.

Phase 2 Now on View at the Springfield Museums

Inspired by the special exhibition The Outwin: American Portraiture Today, "This Is Us" showcases local portraiture and highlights the rich artistic talent of our region. Drawn from a relatively small geographic area, the works on view – produced in a range of media including painting, printmaking, drawing and sculpture – represent diverse methods and viewpoints. Created within the last two years, many submissions respond to current events such as the COVID-19 pandemic and calls for social justice.

Friday, April 2 at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Saturday, March 27 at 7 p.m.

By honoring the blues harmonies and swing rhythms of the African-Caribbean-New Orleans music lineage within his own genre-bending style, Jazz pianist Zaccai Curtis has earned fans from multiple musical backgrounds and interests. For this virtual concert, Curtis is joined by the knockout percussionists in his Afro-Cuban Jazz Quartet and his brother, acclaimed bassist Luques Curtis, for a program ranging from Dizzy Gillespie to Machito.

Friday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Live on Jorgensen Digital Stage from Germany, Munich’s own Arcis Saxophone Quartet will show their charismatic and authentic stage presence that sets audiences aflame burning passion for this rare form of chamber music. In their highly professional, exact interpretations, they explore the relationship between individual expressivity and artistic collaboration, captivating listeners with their joy for playing and emotional depth.

Sunday, March 21 at 6 p.m.

Join this live, online discussion with Nora Valdez, a sculptor from Argentina, and Silas Kopf, award-winning furniture maker specializing in the art of marquetry. Learn how their perspectives on transforming materials like stone and wood into masterful creations inform insights into nature and community engagement. The artists will be in conversation with artist and WHMP Artsbeat Report radio host Donnabelle Casis.

Thursday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Listen Thursday, March 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on NEPM 88.5

Wednesday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m.