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The great mezzo-soprano Susan Graham brings glamour and brilliance on May 11 to a recital with pianist Bradley Moore for the Phila. Chamber Music Society, in person and steaming, in works by numerous  composers all meant to highlight Schumann's eight-song cycle "A Woman's Love and Life".

Lantern Theater Co. continues its streamings of new plays from their archives with Shakespeare's "The Tempest", one of his sweetest and most romantic comedies, now through May 30, directed by Charles McMahon and featuring a cast of Lantern favorites:  Chris Anthony, Peter DeLaurier, J. Hernandez, Dave Johnson, John Lopes, Bi Jean Ngo, Ruby Wolf and Frank X. Ticketed. 215-829-0395 or  • 

Here's a chance to sing your way to learning the Italian language, thanks to the America-Italy Society of Phila., now offering a ten-week course at 5:30 p.m. every Thursday from May 6. Beloved Neapolitan ditties, Rap Italian style and important singers and songwriters add to the musical merriment. Ticketed. or 215-735-3250.  •

The Rotunda in University City presents Bowerbird's Eminent State Series featuring Variant 6 performing drone and early music inspired vocal works. Free; pay what you wish. May 6 at 10 p.m. Then on May 10 et 6 p.m., the Rotunda presents a free two-hour Vision Driven Consulting Workshop on Social Media & Marketing. Information and links at 267-934-3705.  •

The Phila. Chamber Music Society has choice items in the days ahead, beginning on May 6 at 6 p.m. with the Parker Quartet at 6 p.m. in works by Dvorak and Bartok, plus Dvorak's Quintet in E Major with guest violist Kim Kashkashian. Then on May 11 at 6 p.m., triumphant international mezzo-soprano Susan Graham is joined by pianist Bradley Moore in Schumann's "Frauenliebe und Leben" with related works by Grieg, Strauss, Mahler, Debussy, Tchaikovsky and others. Both events are available streaming pay what you wish and also in person, limited to 25 attendees, at the Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut St. Tickets at 215-567-8080 and at • 

Trinity Center for Urban Life's series of Performances for Young People in Virtual Programming presents soprano/actor/teaching artist Carline Waugh with pianist Henning Vauth on May 6 at 10:30 a.m. Information at 215-732-2515 and at  •


Eddie Palmieri's Afro-Caribbean Jazz Quartet is streaming live at the Annenberg Center on May 7 at 7 p.m. with bass, alto saxophone and drums in this legendary bandleader's Grammy Award winning takes on Latin jazz.  On May 8, the film selection is "Calle de la Resistencia", a 79-minute musical drama spotlighting the culture and heritage of Puerto Rico and is a collaboration with guest curator Maran Rabell of AFROTAINO and Director of the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival. and 215-898-3900.  •

Mother's Day at the Museum of the American Revolution begins on May 7 from  1 a.m. to 5 p.m. with pop up talks in the galleries about American women who aided the American Revolution followed by the chance to have a discounted lunch or dinner across the street at chef Jose Garces' Amada restaurant. On Sunday, May 9, Museum visitors will be offered a carnation.  3rd and Chestnut. or 215-253-6731.  •

Bartram's Garden also celebrates Mothers with two open-air socials. On May 7, a happy hour runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and on May 9 a Mother's Day Brunch is from 10 a.m. to Noon, both featuring live music on the riverfront and Bartram Quizzo.  54th St. and Lindbergh Blvd, reachable by auto with lots of free parking. 215-729-5281 or  •

Anyone who has stopped by Fitler Square at 23rd and Pine, falls in love with this very English garden open to the public and filled with ancient trees, much greenery, many comfy benches, handsome animal sculptures,  and a drinking fountain  Current members and those who want to become members are invited there on May 8 from 10 a.m. to Noon for a raffle and a chance to renew or join in this gentle park filled with photo ops. No rain date.  •


The always-anticipated Farewell Graduation Recital at the Academy of Vocal Arts streams from 7 p.m. on May 8 through 11:59 P.M. on May 12 and stars two young singers headed toward operatic careers at a time when at last such hopes and dreams once again seem possible. Mezzo-soprano Pascale Spinney is from Montreal; baritone Daniel Gallegos is from Chihuahua, Mexico and both have won numerous awards. Jose Melendez is Musical Director and Pianist. Program details and tickets at 215-735-1685 or at  •

Flower lovers will want to join in Garden Days on E. Passyunk Ave., May 8 to 31,  a tie-in the annual Phila. Flower Show which this year moves from the Convention Center to the vast open-air spaces in FDR Park which is also the site of the American-Swedish Historical Museum near the Sports Complex. Event will include food and drink sales, dance performances, a weekly raffle, scavenger hunts, a selfie station at the Singing Fountain and more. Sponsored by the EPA Business Improvement District.  215-336-1455. •

The Preservation Alliance is thrilled to announce that their beloved Architecture Walking Tours are back. On May 8 at 11 a.m., the program will show first-hand "the transformation of our city from America's 19th century engine to a 21st century capital of business and culture". On May 9 at 2 p.m., Chestnut Hill gets the full treatment, a leisurely stroll through this suburban "Garden City".  Details and tickets at or at 215-546-1146.  •

Astral Nova presents the last of this year's virtual series of young artists as they embark on major musical careers. Trombonist Brittany Lasch appears on May 8 at 7 p.m. in a streaming program of works written especially for her including composers Weaver, McComas, Davern and others, accompanied by pianist Thomas Weaver. Ticketed and available for one full week after the event. Details at 215-735-6999.  •


"Fanfare for the Future" on May 13 at 8 an online Gala celebrating the Academy of Music with Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin as conductor and pianist with selected members of the  Philadelphia Orchestra. Whoopi Goldberg is host of this spectacle which also includes soprano star Renee Fleming. The program includes works by Montgomery for string quartet, the first movement from Mozart's piano concerto No. 12, and Johan Strauss Jr.'s "On the Beautiful Blue Danube" waltz. Available through May 20 at 11 p.m.  and 215-893-1999.  •

STREAMING FROM AFAR: "Met Stars Live in Concert" unites four acclaimed vocal artists in works by Wagner and R. Strauss, live from the Hessisches Staatstheater in Wiesbaden, Germany: sopranos Christine Goerke and Elza van den Heever, tenor Andreas Schager and baritone Michael Volle.  Tickets and details at

212-362-6000 and . •

The traditional Mexican art of creating stunning and brilliantly-hued flowers from crepe paper and other materials steps into your own home on May 8 at 2 pm. from the Santa Monica, CA. 18th St. Arts Center., taught by artisan Carmela Morales.  Free, in Spanish with English translations. .

The Met Opera's powerhouse nightly free streaming of major works from the current repertory and archivescontinuesMay 6, Bellini's "Norma", Sondra Radvanovksy, Academy of Vocal Arts' Joyce DiDonato, Joseph Callea;  May 7, Berg's "Wozzeck", Elza van den Heever, Peter Matthei;  May 8, Puccini's "Madama Butterfly", Patricia Racette, Maria Zifchak, Marcello Giordani; May 9, Handel's "Agrippina", DiDonato, Brenda Rae, Kate Lindsey, Iesten Davies. And three oldies: Puccini's "La Boheme" from 1988, Renata Scotto, Jose Carreras, AVA's James Morris; May 11, Mozart's "Don Giovanni', 1990, Carl Vaness, Karita Mattila, Jerry Hadley, Samuel Ramey;  May 12,  Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde", 1999, Jane Eaglen, Ben Heppner, Rene Pape. These brilliant performances with great vocal artists, spectacular costumes and sets, a magnificent orchestra and chorus, start every evening at 7;30 p.m. and are available through 6:30 p.m. the following day.  •

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