Welcome to Musical Mondays, a weekly blog where we share musical resources you can access from home.
All of these ideas are curated and brought to you by Lily Goldstein!
Musical Mondays, May 18, 2020
This week’s Musical Monday continues last week’s theme of live music inspired by fine art. Head over to the MFA’s website to watch Boston based violinist, Lilit Hartunian, perform three pieces written by composers who were active during Claude Monet’s lifetime. Hartunian expertly pairs each piece with one of her favorite paintings from MFA’s “Monet and Boston: A Lasting Impression.” The performances and commentary are not to be missed. Be sure to stick around for Hartunion’s moving interpretation of “La Fille aux cheveux de lin” by Claude Debussy.
Musical Mondays, May 11, 2020
Head over (virtually) to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to watch their Choreographers-in-Residence perform an original dance set to dramatic flamenco music. This dance is inspired by John Singer Sargent’s painting, “El Jaleo,” and the music incorporates records from Isabella’s original collection. I recommend dancing along to it in your living room. The Ames Free Library offers passes to the Gardner Museum, so keep this in mind once the museum and library reopen to the public!
John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925), El Jaleo, 1882
Image retrieved from: https://www.gardnermuseum.org
Musical Mondays, May 4, 2020
Today’s Musical Monday is a bit on the silly side. This week I witnessed a surprise performance by a local musician. He was playing Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da while marching down my street. His instrument? A beautiful - and unconventional - sousaphone with pointy scales running down its spine. Please take a look at this article from WBUR to see part of his performance and to learn about Nessie, “the world’s only Loch Ness Monster Sousaphone.”
Image credit: Robin Lubbock/WBUR
Musical Mondays, April 27, 2020
Check out The Silkroad Home Sessions: a set of live performances brought to you by Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad collective. Balla Kouyaté will perform West African Mande Djeli Music today at 12:00pm EDT live on Facebook. Watch past recordings on this YouTube playlist. Have fun discovering new and different music!
Musical Mondays, April 20, 2020
Mariachi Nuevo Santander, a high school band from Roma, Texas, has posted multiple virtual performances, including this video of Cerca Del Mar. These videos are a fantastic reminder to continue to seek out joy through (virtual) connection.
Musical Mondays, April 13, 2020
Breathe in some island air while you listen to Taimane's live-set -- inspired by her Hawaiian homeland & Cuban musical traditions.
Click here to visit Taimane’s Tiny Desk Concert on NPR.
Musical Mondays, April 6, 2020
Wondering how to support your favorite local musicians during the outbreak?
If you’re a musician looking for financial assistance due to canceled gigs, this article from SheShreds links to multiple National and State resources.
Musical Mondays, March 30, 2020
With so many concerts and tours canceled, musicians are hosting virtual concerts on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and more. This article from NPR compiles a list of live performances and where to find them. It’s updated daily, so feel free to check back in as needed!
Also, check out “Stay at Home Fest,” an arts and music festival all from home. Our Library Technician, Lily, will be attending the “Pocket Vinyl” performance at 8:00pm. Pocket Vinyl is a duo who plays music and paints in each of their live performances. She’s never heard their music, but knows them for their cartoon Instagram account, @thetouringtest, and will gladly take this opportunity to learn more about them!
Musical Mondays, March 23, 2020
If you’re cooped up at home and seeking out free access to arts and culture, we have some good news!
You can now stream a different opera every night through the Metropolitan Opera’s website and apps. Tune in every night at 7:30pm EDT to stream encore recordings. The public has free access to these recordings until 3:30pm the next day.
You can find these recordings on the Metropolitan’s website, or through the Met Opera on Demand apps for Apple, Amazon, Roku, and Samsung Smart TV.
To view the upcoming schedule, click here.
Tune in next Musical Monday for more musical resources and recommendations!