Image: Notes 4/21/21

The Academy of Vocal Arts' next free virtual performance is on April 24, streaming through April 28, "Verlaine, Le Voyage Humain",  with Audrey Saint-Gil(above) as Music Director and Pianist, a semi-staged  concert featuring soprano Aubry Ballaro, mezzo-soprano Pascale Spinney, baritone Benjamin Dickerson and bass Peter Barber.

The Rotunda in University City has a full program of online events for the months ahead, beginning on April 22 at 6 p.m.  "!00,000 Folds:  A Collaborative Sculpture Project to Commemorate Those Lost by the Coronavirus Pandemic" is a community project folding 100,000 pieces of paper with artist/sculptor/crafter Joanna Hutchinson which will be assembled  into larger sculptures  to be displayed locally. Free but donations are welcome. On April 24, a kid friendly last event in this series is from 2 to 3 p.m., free, and  is a Yes We Can Zoom Family Workshop.  Details at  •

A new theatre company, Crossroads Comedy Theater, the brainchild of entrepreneur/producer  Mike Marbach will combine humorous Philadelphia favorites under one roof, creating "an online home for comedy shows and podcasts" featuring performers from our city and beyond. Performances will begin  later this month.  Further information at •

Philly Theatre Week runs from April 22 to  May 2 with more than 75 shows from theatres and artists across the region, a series of virtual and non-traditional productions by 64 companies, outdoor events, audio plays and more. Other events include  a pay what you can Opening Celebration, a murder mystery/walking tour of Peddler's Village, a live virtual cabaret, and  a recorded show about how our hometowns shape us. Free-$30. •

April 22 is Earth Day and certainly Bartram's Garden is on this important bandwagon, an in -person garden-wide cleanup  that involves joining with staff members and many other volunteers to cover the 50-acre expanse  picking up trash and debris in preparation for a beautiful summer.  A free chance to enjoy the outdoors and this historical park, meet others  from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  5400 Lindbergh Road. •

The problem of illegal dumping gets an artistic treatment as a part of Camden's Earth Day celebrations, a family in-person event on April 22 when the City of Camden with local partners reveal a large-scale public art show with works by celebrated artists, plus a series of installations including a 36-foot long cat sculpture made of car hoods, a 15-foot tall trash collecting robot. Through Oct. 31. •

Curtis Institute's beloved decades-long series of free student recitals continues in virtual presentations. On April 23 at 8 p.m., pianist Szuyu Su's offers a graduation recital; on April 25 at 3 p.m., a vocal program touches on Korean art songs and folk songs; and on April 27, at Noon, Grace Takeda presents her graduation viola recital. Details at 215-893-5252.  •

The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society brings back for the umpteenth time a top favorite guest artist, the great pianist Emanuel Ax at 7 p.m. in an all-Chopin program. On April 23 at 6 p.m., the Takacs Quartet performs works by Mozart, Dutilleux and Brahms. These are virtual events but also include in person performances with 25 masked, socially distant attendees at the Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut St. 215-569-8080.  •

The Philadelphia Jazz Tap Ensemble presents Tyner and Timmons (TNT) on April 23 and 24 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Christ Church Neighborhood House, a live event part of Jazz Appreciation Month. Pamela Hetherington is artistic director-choreographer-arranger and the performers include  three tap artists, a vocalist and live instrumentalists.

Opera Delaware's "Al Fresco Arias" is set for April 24 and 25 at 2 p.m., live  outdoor concerts at the Opera Delaware Studios, arias by Verdi, Puccini, Mozart and others sung by soprano Toni Marie Palmertree, mezzo-soprano Hannah Ludwig, tenor Andrew Bidlack and bass-baritone Jarrod Lee with pianist/ Head of Music Staff Aurelien Eulert. Ticketed. 302-442-7807.  •

The Academy of Vocal Arts' virtual series of concerts continues on April 24 at 7 p.m. and is available for viewing through 11:59 p.m. on April 28. "Verlaine:  Le Voyage Humain" created by Music Director/Pianist Audrey Saint-Gil, with staging by Pascale Spinney, features a huge roster of AVA's current resident artists in works by Hahn, Koechlin, Vierne, Chausson, Delius and many other composers set in a dramatic context at the time of Verlaine and Rimbaud. Free, donations welcomed. 215-735-1685 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. M/F.  •

STREAMING FROM AFAR:  Let's bake a loaf of bread! On April 21 at 6:30 p.m., a ticketed class hosted by author-baker Martin Philip at the King Arthur Baking Co. will take you through the rigors. •

Also, on April 21 at  6 p.m. but on an entirely different subject, join author/CNN anchorman Don Lemon for a ticketed talk on his new book "This is the Fire:  What I Say to my Friends about Racism" dealing with his  experiences as a Black man covering the Black Lives Matter protests. •

On April 22 at 7 p.m., take a free Earth Day deep dive into the secret lives of whales with National Geographic explorer and photographer Brian Skerry. •

The Metropolitan Opera's nightly free screenings of great operas, brilliant singers and sumptuous sets and costumes, plus a great orchestra and chorus, continue on April 21 with Puccini's "La Fanciulla del West", Deborah Voigt, Marcello Giordani, Lucio Gallo;  April 22: Verdi's "Simon Boccanegra", Anna Tomova-Sintow, Vasile Moldoveanu, Sherill Milnes; April 23: Glass's "Satyagraha", Richard Croft, Academy of Vocal Arts alumnus Alfred Walker, Kim Josephson;  April 4: Beethoven's "Fidelio", Karita Mattila, Ben Heppner, Rene Pape; April 25: Poulenc's "Dialogues des Carmelites", Isabel Leonard,  Adrianne Pieczonka, Mattila;  April 26: Puccini's "La Boheme", Sonya Yoncheva, Susanna Phillips, AVA's Michael Fabiano;  April 27: Lehar's "The Merry Widow", Renee Fleming, Kelli O'Hara, Nathan Gunn;  April 28: Giordano's "Adriano Chenier", Maria Guleghina, Wendy White, Stephanie Blythe, Luciano Pavarotti, Juan Pons. Each complete performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and is available until 6:30 p.m. the following evening. Donations are welcomed. or 212-362-6000.  •

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