These online concerts give you the best seats in the house, guaranteed

You cannot go to them, so they will come to you.

As performing arts centers across the state have had to lower their curtains during the duration of the COVID-19 lockdown, more and more are redirecting their spotlight to online programming.

Today, Friday April 10, for example, the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown will broadcast a live concert by New York-based jazz duo Acute Inflections at 12:30 p.m. on their Facebook page. The Union County Center for the Performing Arts at Rahway will present an un-canceled music festival with a lineup of four live musical acts starting at 5 p.m.

Other major entertainment sources, such as the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, tap into their archives to post past shows for your viewing / listening comfort at home.

Here’s a look at some of the online entertainment on offer:

Jazz pianist Chick Corea’s trilogy is one of the performances published on the online portal “NJPAC in Your Living Room”.Courtesy of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark launched “NJPAC in Your Living Room,” an online portal that promises to provide original live content and a curated collection of past performances, children’s programs and workshops.

“You can’t come to NJPAC because you are staying at home to ‘flatten the curve’ and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” NJPAC Executive Director David Rodriguez notes on the site’s website. . “All of us who work at the arts center do the same. I am currently sitting in my family room with a laptop, diet Coke and three rescue dogs, trying to figure out our next steps. And here’s the first one: you can’t come to NJPAC right now, but we can bring you the magic of NJPAC right here.

The site publishes daily new dance and music shows, children’s shows and video versions of its various educational programs – as well as offers “from our partners”, a set of links to other entertainment sites, such as as Ailey All Access, WBGO Jazz Radio and NPR Tiny Desk Concerts.

Daily updates can be found on NJPAC’s social media channels.

The Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown encourages patrons to “stay engaged in the arts through the power of technology” and has created “Virtual Arts” to provide concerts and live performances from its archives. Today, Friday April 10 at 12:30 p.m., there will be a live performance by Acute Inflections, a New York jazz duo. On Friday, April 17, country music singer-songwriter Lauren Davidson will perform a live concert.

“Virtual Arts” also offers a comprehensive catalog of links to events and online dissemination resources from other artistic and cultural media.

Arts centers offer home entertainment

Mile Marker Zero is one of four groups performing live on April 10 as part of the Union County Performing Arts Center’s Uncancelled Music Festival.Courtesy of Union County Performing Arts Center

The Union County Center for the Performing Arts in Rahway took a somewhat different approach, partnering with the Uncancelled Music Festival initiative, a live virtual stage platform “that brings together musicians, fans and venues from around the world affected by the Covid-19 for a virtual concert experience to help support the music industry during this trying and unprecedented time.

“Concert performers” sign up, create an account with a balance of at least $ 5, then choose and “buy tickets” for one of the shows they want to watch. Each stage costs a minimum of 10 cents to participate, but the suggested donation is $ 5. There are chat sessions with the musicians after their performances and you even have the option of feeding their tip pot.

Today’s poster will feature progressive rock bassist and songwriter Julie Slick at 5 pm; indie acoustic group Between Dreams at 6pm; blues artist Cristina Perruccio at 7 p.m. and progressive rock band Mile Marker Zero at 8 p.m.

Uncancelled Music Fest concerts are also scheduled on the UCPAC site on Saturday and Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

Arts centers offer home entertainment

Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn has started the weekly live broadcast of its “Humanities Symposium” series.Courtesy Paper Mill Playhouse

Paper mill play house in Millburn on Thursday opened the first act of what will be a weekly live broadcast of select episodes from his “Straight from the Paper Mill Playhouse Vaults” symposium series on the Paper Mill Facebook page.

Scheduled to be webcast at 7 p.m. on Thursdays through June 11, the first installment offered a retrospective of Stephen Schwartz’s career with performances by Stephanie Mills, Adrian Zmed, Capathia Jenkins and members of the cast of ” Children of Eden ”.

The topic for April 14 will be “The Applause Makers on Set 1996,” featuring Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Charles Strouse and Lee Adams with performances of the musical highlights.

The arts center offers home entertainment

“Jazz 101: Jazz for Beginners” is one of the courses offered as part of the McCarter @ Home program at the McCarter Theater.Courtesy of the McCarter Theater Center

McCarter Theater Center at Princeton has set up “Mcarter @ Home” on its website to host “classes, conversations, interviews and participation opportunities.” Today, Friday April 10th at 12:30 pm there will be a class on “Jazz 101: A Beginner’s Guide” taught by the Director of Educational Resources at Jazz at Lincoln Center. A new session of the theater’s Shakespeare Kids Reading Group is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7 and run for five weeks. “The Princeton and Slavery Plays,” a study of seven short commissioned plays examining how the history of Princeton University relates to the institution of slavery.

The Bergen Performing Arts Center in Engelwood, the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, and the Grammy Museum Experience Prudential Center in Newark have also stocked their websites with virtual classes and arts-themed workshops for aspirants. homebody artists.

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra must have spent most of its current season when the coronavirus crisis hit, but urges classical music fans to visit the special ‘Watch and listen’ section of its website to tune in to archived concert broadcasts. Viewers can watch performances and other video features and listen to archived WQXR and WWFM broadcasts of archived orchestral concerts.


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