Dear Jorgensen Patrons,
We have been keeping you in our thoughts as we navigate through this global health crisis that continues to impact our lives. We realize the heavy toll it continues to take on all of you, and many of you have turned to the performing arts through livestreaming and online platforms to entertain you through this challenging time.
We just wrapped up our inaugural Midsummer Music series on the new Jorgensen Digital Stage. Several hundred viewers signed on to see three performances by the world-renowned Dover Quartet, live from Vail, Colorado; all curated exclusively for our Jorgensen audience and featuring live Q&A’s with the ensemble.
We’ve typically mailed out our season brochures by this time each summer, giving you a full preview of the many events scheduled for the next performance season on our Jorgensen stage. However, given the pandemic and efforts to ensure the safety of both our campus and greater community, Jorgensen will not be hosting any live events on stage during the fall semester. The main hall will be used for hosting lectures, allowing for our UConn students and faculty to spread out safely and socially distance in their new, and temporary, learning environment.
Rest assured though – we are committed to adding more livestream events on Jorgensen Digital Stage this fall! We’re still in the planning stages but we expect to announce them soon. We’re also planning a couple of live, outdoor events here on the Storrs campus. We’ll be in touch with you as soon as we can with more information.
In the meantime, as the leaves are slowly changing colors and we prepare for fall to arrive, here are a few more streaming recommendations for you in September.
- Connecticut Folk Festival & Green Expo : CT Folk Fest will be hosting their 28th festival as a multi-day virtual event from September 9-12. Viewers can tune in using either Facebook Live or YouTube Live to hear a fun variety of folk singers, including Keller Williams and Buffalo Rose. (Free to $10)
- Met Stars Live in Concert - Joyce DiDonato : As part of the Metropolitan Opera's virtual performances, American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato will be singing some classic arias live from Bochum, Germany on September 12 at 12:30 PM EST ($20)
- Studio 5 Great American Ballerinas
: New York City Center's Live @ Home is pairing former and current American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet dancers to perform iconic choreography. Performances can be viewed on their website or City Center's YouTube page up to a week after the original air date.
- Tiler Peck with Stephanie Saland - September 16 at 5 PM
- Sara Mearns with Pam Tanowitz - September 23 at 5 PM
- Misty Copeland with Alessandra Ferri - September 30 at 5 PM
- Dear Soul Music Co. Presents the Unplugged+Live Virtual Concert Series! : Dear Soul Music Co. works to feature solo-acoustic and duo-acoustic singer-songwriters. Their 2020 lineup goes from July to December. On September 17 from 7-9 PM EST, Curt Keyz and Nathan Storey will perform.
- Monterey Jazz Music Festival : The 63rd Monterey Jazz Music Festival will be streaming new and archival performances on their YouTube channel on September 25-27 from 5-7 PM PST. One hundred percent of online contributions will be donated to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and to all the artists featured in the festival.
- Dragons Love Tacos : From children to adults alike, the whole family will be entertained by the unlikely trio of a boy, a dog and their taco-loving dragon. The adaptation of The New York Times Best Selling Book Dragons Love Tacos will available to stream until Dec. 31 from the Magik Theatre.
- Dinner with the Gaffigans : Since March 13, the comedian Jim Gaffigan has been inviting people to dinner with him. Instead of pulling up a chair at his dining room table, viewers can tune into his almost daily YouTube livestream at 6 PM (EST).
- New York Philharmonic Virtual Walking Tour - Walking Mahler's New York : The New York Philharmonic and Google Arts & Culture created a virtual tour where travelers can see an early 1900's New York through the lens of Gustav Mahler, former music director of the New York Philharmonic. The tour is narrated by New York Philharmonic musicians.
- Dance Theatre of Harlem on Demand Virtual Ballet Series : Even though the Dance Theatre of Harlem's live streaming full-length ballets does not resume until October, ballet lovers can view all of their supplemental on demand videos at any time, including a quarantined version of Giselle’s variation from Act 1.
- Chicago Symphony Orchestra from Home : Chicago Symphony Orchestra has a wide range of digital content from videos of former concerts to radio broadcasts and to even remote learning resources for students.
So stay safe, stay home, and stay entertained while staying tuned for what's coming this fall!
All the best,