Live and filmed streaming of performances by the best of artists are ongoing gifts to our world. On February 24, The Kennedy Center provides a free live stream of The ScottClark4tet’s performance of its new suite, Bury My Heart, which is partially inspired by Dee Brown’s book Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, as well as Clark’s own research into his Native American ancestry. The group is originally from Richmond, Virginia. It is led by drummer Scott Clark.
Then next up, February 25, in ongoing free performance streams, The Kennedy Center presents Meena’s Dream. Anu Yadav weaves a tale of nine-year-old Meena who wishes her mother could afford the medicine she needs. The play creates a magical world through storytelling and South Indian classical to indie folk music. February 26, The Kennedy Center presents Alexander Claffy of the New York jazz scene. This young bassist from Philadelphia just finished writing, recording, and producing his self-titled debut album, CLAFFY, which introduces many of New York’s unheard young talents, including vocal powerhouse Michael Stephenson, Part of Elijah Jamal Balbed’s new Rising Stars Series. February 27, The Kennedy Center provides a free live stream of a performance of songs by Aaron Livingston, who goes by the stage name Son Little. This rhythm and blues musician, the son of a preacher, is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Son Little is also known for his work with The Roots and RJD2.
On February 28, The Kennedy Center presents a live, free stream of The Clara Barton Sessions. These have been recorded by a group of D.C.-based musicians in one night on March 14-15, 2015 in Clara Barton’s Missing Soldier’s Office located at 7th and E Streets, Northwest. Each musician has chosen a song from the Civil War era that could have been heard in these rooms. Each musician has also composed a new song, which addresses the personal stories of soldiers and civilians alike. This is a demonstration of the living tradition of music that transcends through time, as authentic now as it was 150 years ago. Then on February 29, The Kennedy Center presents a live stream of the Spencer Branch, a collaboration of siblings Martha and Kilby Spencer from Whitetop Mountain, Virgina, along with North Carolina native Kelley Breiding. The trio plays music from their mountain heritage in addition to traditional country, bluegrass, and original songs. Their vocal harmonies and exciting fiddle tunes are a powerful combination. Kennedy Center performances like these are also filmed and archived for future viewing.
Other great American performing arts facilities provide free, live, performance streaming. The Metropolitan Opera provides free, live, audio performance streams. The Metropolitan Museum of Arts also provides free, live, and filmed streams of performances in real time and/or archived for future viewing. Museums around the country, such as the Cleveland, Ohio, Maltz Museum provide fine musical streaming, such as that of the Violins of Hope from the Holocaust.
On February 24, Your Classical.org announces its curated music streams that include: Classical Music with Elena See; Finding the Art Within our Own Bodies; Antonin Dvorak – Violin Concerto: Finale; New Classical Tracks, Helene Grimaud, Water; Handel Meets Streisand; Aaron Dworki and more. On February 24 and for the rest of the month Your Classical.org provides free streaming of musical performances in the following categories: Energy, Relaxation, Choral, Movies, Symphony and more.
College and university music and performance programs also provide free, live, performance streaming. For example, on February 24 and for the rest of the month, St. Olaf College provides fine live, filmed and archived musical performance streams. On February 24 and for the rest of the month, The University of South Carolina at Greensboro’s School of Music, Theater, and Dance presents live performance streams. Further, the University of Texas at Austin’s Butler School of Music on February 24 and for the rest of the month provides live streams of musical performances.
Find and enjoy online with the rest of the world live streaming of fine, beautiful, uplifting performances. Happy February!