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No venue? No problem: A sampling of local musical livestreams

From the ongoing Fringe Festival to the new RPO @ Home series to a duo's nightly virtual jazz shows, there's plenty of local live music to enjoy from the living room

L. David Wheeler
dwheeler@messengerpostmedia.com
"Shotspeare presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare ... sort of," an online, interactive production of Matt and Heidi Morgan's Bard-based drinking game, premiered Sept. 19 during the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival, with a second show coming up at 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. For ticketing and more information, go to rochesterfringe.com.

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So you’re nestled at home amid the early-autumn chill, hoping for an evening of streaming — and, a bit weary of the Netflix and Hulu offerings, you’d rather enjoy (and maybe support) the work of local artists and entertainers.

Not to worry: The coronavirus pandemic has had performing artists everywhere brushing up on their streaming skills, pivoting their performances — in some cases an entire festival’s worth of them, as with the ongoing KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival — to online.

Here’s a sampling of streaming fare (live and prerecorded) of interest to locals in the Finger Lakes and Rochester regions (and, of course, beyond):

• There are still a few more days left to the all-virtual Fringe Festival, an extravaganza of shows and events encompassing the broadest spectrum of the creative arts — theater, storytelling, music, visual arts, comedy, magic, circus arts, spoken-word, improv, film, interactive and more, plus interdisciplinary hybrids of genres. There’s pretty much something for everybody, whether they’re looking for side-splitting farce or insightful glimpses of the human condition, everything from a one-woman show about the aftermath of a horrific schoolhouse slaying (“The Amish Project”) to a drunken, cockeyed exploration of the Bard (“Shotspear presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare … sort of”). Or card tricks.

The festival continues through Saturday, Sept. 26, with a listing of shows available at rochesterfringe.com. By clicking on the “Find a Show” link, you can find what shows are keyed to each day, as well as access several dozen on-demand events.

• Ward Stare will conduct the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra on Thursday, Sept. 24, for the premiere concert of the RPO @ Home series. Digital access for the 7:30 p.m. concert is $10; go to rpo.org and click on “Get Tickets” for access. Thursday’s concert includes Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite in its original version written for 13 instruments, and Mozart’s Symphony No. 29.

Upcoming concerts in the RPO @ Home series include Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony directed by Stare at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 (also featuring works by Wagner and Jessie Montgomery); “Ragtime Kings” (the music of Scott Joplin, W.C. Handy, Jelly Roll Morton and more, directed by Jeff Tyzik)) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24; “Beethoven, Fauré + Bizet,” conducted by Stare, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5; and “Mosaic: Sounds of the American Experience” (works by American composers, conducted by Tyzik) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 — plus chamber ensemble at 2 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 27 and Oct. 4 and 11.

• Blackfriars Theatre hosts a digital series of “BT House Concerts” every Tuesday on its YouTube channel, short segments from a different artist in Blackfriars’ orbit each week singing theatrical music from their homes. Recent performers have included such Blackfriars veterans as Allie Perine, Janine Mercandelli, Canandaigua native Carl Del Buono, Nick Rogers, the daughter-father duo of Amanda Meldrum-Stevenson and Steve Valvano, and renowned drag queen Mrs. Kasha Davis. A new Couch Concert is presented each Tuesday at 7 p.m.; the previous installments can be viewed on the YouTube channel.

• Eastman School of Music faculty members will perform Oct. 6 for a virtual, livestream Jazz and Contemporary Media Department Showcase concert at 7:30 p.m., performing in Kilbourn Hall to be streamed online at https://www.esm.rochester.edu/live/. The stream will start approximately 15 minutes before the concert.

Performing will be Jeff Campbell, bass; Bill Dobbins, piano; Clay Jenkins, trumpet; Mark Kellogg, trombone; Charles Pillow, saxophone; Bob Sneider, guitar; Dariusz Terefenko, piano; Rich Thompson, drums; and Gary Versace, piano. The repertoire will be announced during the concert. All the performers have been highly active performers as well as educators.

• While the Little Theatre in Rochester has been able to open its café four days a week with some live music to accompany indoor and outdoor dining, it’s also continuing its “Virtual Little Café” online shows at its Facebook page. Coming up are: Rosa Boemia at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, playing classic Brazilian choro; Sally Louise, a singer-songwriter whose influences range from folk to R&B to jazz to opera — at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29; and The Janus Duo, featuring Eastman graduates Tom Torrisi and Ken Luk — at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30.

• Pianist Laura Dubin and drummer Antonio Guerrero present a nightly “Laura & Antonio’s Virtual Jazz Club” at 8:30 p.m. on Facebook (facebook.com/lauradubinjazz) and YouTube (Laura Dubin Jazz).

• Pegasus Early Music will present world-renowned lutenist Paul O’Dette of Rochester — professor of lute and director of early music at Eastman School of Music — on Sept. 25 and 27 in the first event of Pegasus’ fall 2000 online season. O’Dette’s program, titled “Dowland’s Grand Tour,” includes music by John Dowland, the most famous English lutenist of the Elizabethan era, as well as by Italian, French and German composers who influenced Dowland during his travels through Europe.

The concert will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, and is free (with a request for donations to support Pegasus’ programs and the musicians). For information on how to access the event, go to www.pegasusearlymusic.org.

Ashley Jones and Heather Stevenson are seen in "PUSH Physical Theatre's Trunk Show," available on demand throughout the duration of the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival. Go to rochesterfringe.com for information.