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Academy of Vocal Arts master coach/pianist Danielle Orlando (above) leads a contingent of four of AVA's top vocal artists to Ocean City, N.J.  on June 2 for a 7 p.m. concert of opera, operetta, Broadway and pop songs at the O.C. Tabernacle.  

A free live concert is in the offing on May 26 when the Elegance Quartet  performs at 6:30 p.m. in Stephen Girard Park in an eclectic program ranging from modern pop to classic rock and movie scores.  Attendees are suggested to bring their own chairs and blankets.  2101 Shunk St. in S. Phila.  215-776-4907.  •

The very popular Spruce St. Harbor Park reopens on May 26 in its original format as a free, family-friendly outdoor in person and bucolic river view park with amenities for all tastes including food and drinks on the lawn or on a floating barge,  swaying gently in colorful hammocks, playing arcade games among other temptations. Through Sept. 26 at 301 S. Columbus Blvd. Easily reached by SEPTA.  •

The Phila. Chamber Music Society presents the Jasper Quartet on May 26 at 6 p.m. in a program of chamber music by Fung, Washington and Wolfe, and with Curtis-trained soprano Sarah Shafer in two pieces by Shaw and Higdon. Then on May 28 at 6 p.m., violinist Midori with pianist Leva Jokubaviciute offer works by Mozart, Dvorak and Brahms. Both these events are streamed and also in person in audiences limited to 25 at the Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut St.  or at 215-569-8080.  •

The Pennsylvania Ballet concludes its current digital stage season with three world premieres by choreographers Juliano Nunes,  Meredith Rainey and Russell Ducker, each featuring music by much-honored local composer Jennifer Higdon. Entitled "Beauty", this all new program is filmed in high-quality, multi-camera production and streams from May 27 to June 2.  or 215-893-1999.  •

The Bearded Ladies are back and ready for action on May 27, arriving in their Beardmobile for a 6 p.m. pop-up show at 1699 S. 49th St. with all their usual delightful zaniness and with hosts John Jarboe, Cookie Diorio, Eric Jaffee and more. Ticketed.  •

Esteemed local choreographer Matthew Neenan, a former principal dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet and also co-founder of the exciting BalletX, has created a new dance which will have its world premiere on May 27 at 7 p.m. at the Annenberg Center and will be available for the following 48 hours streaming on demand. " re-entry" is a site specific work" exploring our return to life as it once was".  215-898-3900 or  •  

The Independence Seaport Museum has set aside May 28 to commemorate a WWII anniversary and to open a new exhibit, "Difficult Journey Home" on board the vessel Olympia. detailing the cruiser's harrowing 15-day journey from Le Havre, France to the Washington Navy Yard in 1921. Then on May 31, for its annual  Memorial Day ceremony, the Museum will unveil a permanent historical marker on Olympia paying tribute to the Unknown Soldier. 211 S. Columbus Blvd.  215-413-8655.  •

Piffaro, our city's Renaissance Band, is outdoors on May 28 at 7:30 p.m. for "Fuguing from Obrecht to Bach", streaming through June 3., the final digital concert of the season delving into the roots of the fugue with guest artists the local Kleine Kammermusik baroque ensemble. The concert video is filming at historic Christ Church Christiana Hundred in Wilmington in all its flower-bedecked outdoor glory. Tickets at 215-235-8469 and  •

Amici Opera's devotion to live performances continues on May 29 at 4 p.m. when young operatic hopefuls perform Bellini's "Norma" with piano accompaniment under the direction of Ralph Tudisco, repeated on June 5 at 4 p.m. Then on May 30, the company presents Mascagni's "Le Maschere" at 3 p.m. All performances are at Redeemer UMC, 1128 Cottman Ave., where social distancing is guaranteed, hand sanitizers will be available, and guests must wear masks.  Tickets at 215-224-0257.  •

Our city's eminent Lantern Theater Co.'s vast collection of recently filmed stage productions is devoted from June 1 to 27 to streaming of their 2017 production of Shakespeare's "Coriolanus" with a large cast of Lantern favorites including Leonard C. Haas, David Bardeen, Charlie DelMarcelle and the great actress/director/author Tina Packer as the politically savvy Volumnia. Directed by Charles McMahon. Tickets at 215-829-0395 or  • 

The Rosenbach Museum and Library has all hands on deck these days as they prepare for their beloved June 16 annual outdoor tribute to James Joyce and his amazing novel "Ulysses" whose original manuscript is a part of the Rosenbach treasure trove. On June 1 from 6 to 8 p.m., the Siren's Garden Party will take place in the palatial mansion's old-world garden, a fund-raising evening of finger food, cocktails, and a performance by Astral Artists' double bassist Xavier Foley. Availability is limited. That same day at Noon, the Rosenbachanal Virtual Silent Auction Goes Live! Details and tickets at 215-732-1600 or  •  

The Academy of Vocal Arts takes five of its artists to Ocean City, NJ on June 2 for a 7 p.m. performance of selections from opera, operetta, Broadway and  popular American songs.  AVA master coach Danielle Orlando is producer and pianist for this event which stars current resident artists soprano Kara Mulder, mezzo soprano Anne Marie Stanley, tenor Sahel Salam and recent AVA graduate bass Daniel Gallegos. Parking is free, masks are required. Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., Ocean City, NJ  Information and tickets at  and at 215-735-1685.  •

STREAMING FROM AFAR:  Shostakovich's  opera "Lady Macbeth from Mtsensk" is currently available in a vivid 2019 filmed production from Birmingham Opera (UK) under the guidance of the great Graham Vick and starring as the title character Academy of Vocal Arts alumna mezzo soprano Chrystal E. Williams in a smashing  role that has garnered enormous praise for her.  and its YouTube channel.  •

Tea lovers will have a ball on May 27 at 7 p.m. when the tea culture of China, Japan and Korea is studied and a panel discusses tea as a part of everyday life. This free event also includes a contemporary dance piece  inspired by a traditional Korean tea ceremony. •

That same day, NY's Museum of Modern Art takes on the popular pandemic subject of second hand clothes and their  politics and environmental impact. Two MOMA curators handle this subject, free, at 10:30 a.m. •   

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