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The much-admired Duo Parisienne returns to the German Society of Pennsylvania. on March 21 at 3 p.m. in a  socially distanced concert of music by Piazzolla, Corelli, Debussy and Massenet for a limited audience of 25. The Duo's artists (above, l. to r.) are Nancy Bean, violin and viola, and Anne Sullivan, harp. Photo: Submitted by the German Society of Pennsylvania

Lyric Fest's "The Nightingale" is currently streaming through 7:30 p.m. on April 18 starring soprano Maeve Hoglund and pianist Laura Ward,  directed and edited by Suzanne DuPlantis, 25 minutes of visual fantasy highlighted by the Nordic music of Karol Szymanowski, Jean Sibelius, Ture Ranstrom and Carl Sjoberg. On demand free; request tickets at or further details at 215-438-1702.  •

"Tea With Mimi" is a regular fun event featuring flutist Mimi Stillman , founded of Dolce Suono Ensemble with occasional guests from her group and others. Beginning on March 18, Mimi invites all to the first Composerlab masterclass "Flute: Young American Composers", providing  a global online audience for developing artists to enrich their professional experiences.  Information at or 267-252-1803.  •

Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presents violinist Alexi Kenney and pianist Anna Polonsky on March 19 at 6 p.m. in works by Dvorak, Ko, Dancigers, Poulenc and Clarke for a very limited audience and by live streaming. Details at or 215-569-8080.  •

Angelica Negron's "The Island We Made" premieres on March 19 on the Opera Philadelphia channel based on the memories of individual relationships of its collaborators:  drag superstar Sasha Velour, composer Negron and  filmmaker Matthew Placek, the third world premiere in OP's Digital Commission. or at 215-893-3600.  •

11th Hour Theatre Co.'s next Quarantine Cabaret is set for March 20 featuring long time friends musical theatre artists Rob Tucker, actor/musician/educator and Billy Bustamante, performer/director/choreographer/photographer. 7:30 p.m. and streaming  for two weeks after the original date. or 267-987-9865.  •

            Up next at InterAct Theatre Elaine Romero's "Revolutions" directed by Orlina Ortz from March 20 at 8 p.m., a mother searches for her missing son  against the backdrop of a totalitarian regime with J. Hernandez, Frank Jimenez and Anjoli Santiago. A free reading presented over Zoom. or at 215-568-8079.  •

The Academy of Vocal Arts' celebrated program of sacred choral music is a virtual experience this year on March 20 featuring AVA's exciting young resident artists, a string quartet and all of it organized and conducted by David Anthony Lofton. On the long list of composers are Handel, Bach, Mozart, Schubert and others, available for two weeks after the launch time until April 3 at 11:59 p.m. For tickets and information, or 215-735-1685 after11 a.m. M/F.  •

            The German Society of Pennsylvania offers the return of the Duo Parisienne on March 21 at 3 p.m., Nancy Bean, violin and viola;  harpist Anne Sullivan in works by Piazzolla, Corelli,  Debussy and Massenet, followed by a coffee and cake reception in the Society's ratskeller to meet the artists.  611 Spring Garden St. 215-627-2332.  •

It's Women's History Month at the Free Library of Philadelphia celebrating monumental women through a number of programs, exhibitions and resources, among them "Making Her Mark",  a show telling the stories of women who fought against disenfranchisement  and voter suprression from the 1700’s up until today, the Voices of Change Podcast, and the Rosenbach's "I Am an American: The Authorship and Activism of Alice Dunbar-Nelson". Check out many exciting events at info@free or 215-567-7710.  •

A trip to Venice might be a nice break in this month of March and the America-Italy Society offers a virtual journey on March 23 at 1:30 p.m. when Bernard Aikema, prof. of art history in Verona, talks on "The untold story of the old Church of San Zaccaria, Venice,  in the 15th century". Free, but donations to further the restoration of Venice are most welcome. Details at or 215-735-3250.  •

            The sturdy and esteemed string ensemble 1807 & Friends announces the final virtual concert video of their 40th season, released on March 15 and featuring the Smitholm String Quartet//Quintet featuring Nancy Bean, violin l; Nancy Bean, violin ll; Nancy Bean, viola l; Nancy Bean, viola ll; Lloyd Smith, cello in Sir Edward Elgar's "Nimrod" from "Enigma Variations";  Samuel Barber's String Quartet in B Minor, op. 11;  and Antonin Dvorak's String Quartet in B Minor, op. 96 ("American").   This collection of beloved works honors  1807 & Friends' Davyd Booth, violinist, who lost his husband Christopher Carlos Perez after a long and valiant battle with lymphoma. "We dedicate our virtual concerts this season to the memory of  Carlos, one of the kindest, most generous souls we have known". All the group's virtual concerts are posted on You Tube available day and night anytime through May 31.  Details at 215-432-4027. •

STREAMING FROM AFAR:  The MetropoliTan Opera's generous nightly free streaming of brilliantly sung, beautifully stageD and decorated opera videos have helped make life much easier for lovers of opera and vocal dexterity. These continue every night at 7:30 p.m. and are available until 6:30 p.m. the next evening. Here is the current schedule:  March 17, Donizetti's "Anna Bolena", Anna Netrebko, Ekatarina Gubanova and Academy of Vocal Arts tenor Stephen Costello;  March 18, Glass's "Akhnaten", Anthony Ross Costanza, Disella Larusdottir, J'Nai Bridges;  19, Rossini's "Barbiere di Siviglia", AVA alumna Joyce DiDonato, Curtis's tenor Juan Diego Florez and Curtis's bass John Relyea;  March 20, Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin, Rene Fleming, Dmitri Hvorostovsky;  March 21, Handel's "Agrippina,  Joyce DiDonato, Brenda Rae, Curtis's Matthew Rose. or 212-362-6000.  •

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