Lockdown reminds us Beethoven’s chamber music isn’t only for professionals
Beethoven and the amateurs
The COVID-19 pandemic halted not only the celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, but also music-making within the amateur community. Public concert series are unlikely to be rescheduled, but David W. Webber promises that amateurs will take up the celebration again.
Three Bollywood movies shaped who I am today—and they’re ready to stream
Growing up in Bollywood
Christina Anthony grew up renting a Bollywood movie with her family every weekend. She looks back on three films—which you can now stream on Netflix or Amazon Prime—that shaped who she is today.
The Metropolitan Opera offers free streams of its ‘Live in HD’ series
Three things I learned from Wagner
For Kile Smith, the quarantine was well timed: just as he’s working on his first commissioned opera, he took in a Wagner marathon thanks to the Met’s nightly stream.
Let’s be honest: Do we really seek out art when we’re in pain?
Beauty and affliction
We always say that art matters, but what value does art really have when we’re living through the worst of times? Artist Treacy Ziegler goes beyond the platitudes.
National Theatre Live presents a free stream of Charlotte Brontë’s ‘Jane Eyre’
Taking Thornfield home
National Theatre Live delivers a fresh production of Jane Eyre as bold as the heroine of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel, streaming free on YouTube through April 16, 2020. Melissa Strong reviews.
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People’s Light joins the digital life of American theater with Jeanne Sakata’s ‘Hold These Truths'
How one local theater streamed its shows after the shutdown
As many theater companies throughout the country begin offering streaming content to offset closures, People’s Light releases a filmed version of Jeanne Sakata’s ‘Hold These Truths,’ a production that was canceled due to COVID-19. Cameron Kelsall watches and considers.
In the pandemic shut-down, Philly's musicians find creative ways to keep playing
The gigs we lost
Philly's music scene has taken a hit as clubs and restaurants have shut down and gigs have been canceled. John Morrison speaks with a few local artists on how they are coping, how they are adapting creatively, and what this means for the future of music in the city.
Philly’s jazz community is still playing, and lifting each other up, in the pandemic
COVID-19 won’t cancel Jazz Appreciation Month
Local musicians had their calendars wiped clean as the COVID-19 pandemic descended. But they’re streaming and supporting each other. Suzanne Cloud stays connected so you can, too.
‘Dishing with Julia Child’ premieres on WHYY
Feasting on the past and present
Today’s top culinary stars view a past master on PBS’s ‘Dishing with Julia Child.’ Gail Obenreder reviews.
‘Dispatches from Elsewhere’: Seeing Philadelphia while you’re stuck inside
Philly gets its TV due
The locally shot 'Dispatches from Elsewhere' has established itself as a first-rate mystery, making better use of Philadelphia locations than any movie or show in memory. Stephen Silver reviews.