Once again this week, we stay-at-homes have many choices for FREE virtual Broadway shows, opera, concerts, virtual walks in NYC parks, a special evening with the one and only Harvey Fierstein, and more.
Grab your favorite beverage and snack and settle in for these virtual events on the calendar this first week of June.
Even though these virtual events are FREE, you are encouraged to make a donation to support the group offering the free stay-at-home diversion
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Free events today through Wednesday
This special streaming schedule of performances recorded over 40 years continues with performances by the New York City Ballet, including a tribute to works choreographed by legendary ballet co-founder George Ballanchine, and a performance by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Because everything is beautiful at the ballet.
Free events on Wednesday
Join the NYC Ballet for Wednesday With Wendy, a series of ballet-inspired movement classes taught by New York City Ballet Associate Artistic Director Wendy Whelan
The virtual classes are suitable for people of all ages and levels of dance training.
Classes are on Instagram Live, and each class will also be available after the livestream concludes on NYCB’s IGTV channel.
- Every Wednesday at 5pm.
Can’t get to Central Park these days? No worries. Let park docents and other experts bring the world-famous park to you, with a different walk each Wednesday.
These virtual insights into Central Park showcase some of the flowers and trees currently in bloom, share Park history, and give you the mid-week recharge that we all so desperately need.
This week’s Wednesday Walk is a 15-minute virtual stroll through Central Park’s Shakespeare Garden, planted with flowers and herbs, shrubs and trees popular in the time of Shakespeare, including those named in his plays and sonnets.
Sign up now to access this FREE live Zoom program that will explore the Garden’s spring blooms and Shakespearean influence.
- Wednesday, 12:30pm.
This week it’s The Reservoir. renamed for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
This week, June 3 it’s The Maill, pictured above.
Next Week, June 10, it’s the Hallett Nature Sanctuary
Free events on Thursday
Unabashedly gay, unabashedly proud and unabashedly talented, in the early 1980’s Harvey Fierstein burst into the national consciousness as Arnold in Torch Song Trilogy and has remained there ever since.
He brought Edna Turnblad, Tevye and Bella Abzug to life on Broadway, and wrote the books for La Cage aux Folles, Newsies, Kinky Boots and Casa Valentina.
In the process, he won four Tony Awards and three Drama Desk Awards for performance and writing, a Hollywood Star, an Emmy nomination – and is still a nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn, with a great gravelly voice.
Join Harvey for a schmooze with Academy Award winner Elinor Burkett in this FREE event from Temple Emanu-El Streiker Center
- 6pm to 7:30pm.
- Registration required for Zoom code.
Carnegie Hall Fridays
Each week for the the forseable future, Carnegie Hall is streaming a concert from its archived recordings.
- Watch it Friday 3am through Monday, June 1st at 3 AM EDT
- Watch here on medici.tv
Every Night this Week
Metropolitan Opera Nightly Opera Streams
Every night of the week, the world-famous Met Opera is streaming a different performance from its repetoire of recorded performances, including operas by Puccini, Verdi and Mozart, and legendary stars including Luciano Pavarotti and Renée Fleming.
Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day. The schedule will include outstanding complete performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions, starring all of opera’s greatest singers.
The streams are also available through the Met Opera on Demand apps for Apple, Amazon, and Roku devices and Samsung Smart TV.
Monday, June 1
Bellini’s I Puritani
Starring Anna Netrebko, Eric Cutler, Franco Vassallo, and John Relyea, conducted by Patrick Summers. From January 6, 2007.
Tuesday, June 2
Starring Marlis Petersen, Susan Graham, Daniel Brenna, Paul Groves, Johan Reuter, and Franz Grundheber, conducted by Lothar Koenigs. From November 21, 2015.
Wednesday, June 3
Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice
Starring Danielle de Niese, Heidi Grant Murphy, and Stephanie Blythe, conducted by James Levine. From January 24, 2009.
Thursday, June 4
Starring Shirley Verrett, Luciano Pavarotti, and Cornell MacNeil, conducted by James Conlon. From December 19, 1978.
Friday, June 5
Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel
Starring Audrey Luna, Amanda Echalaz, Sally Matthews, Sophie Bevan, Alice Coote, Christine Rice, Iestyn Davies, Joseph Kaiser, Frédéric Antoun, David Portillo, David Adam Moore, Rod Gilfry, Kevin Burdette, Christian Van Horn, and John Tomlinson, conducted by Thomas Adès. From November 18, 2017.
Saturday, June 6
Starring Sonya Yoncheva, Aleksandrs Antonenko, and Željko Lučić, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. From October 17, 2015.
Sunday, June 7
Starring Renée Fleming, Michael Schade, and Thomas Hampson, conducted by Jesús López-Cobos. From December 20, 2008.
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