As the leaves change color and a gentle breeze blows, it is a ritual among many to begin marking their calendars for the fall season. In a non-COVID world, guitars would be tuned backstage, violin bows would be rubbed with resin, and music would soon fill the theater. This year, it will fill homes throughout Westchester instead. For the time being, while New York State guidelines do not yet permit indoor performances, organizations are trading in the stage for streaming platforms – but the music will play on.
For now, music lovers can line their calendars with a robust schedule of livestreams, and recordings from groups throughout the County. Tarrytown Music Hall’s “Night In With the Music Hall” continues this fall with live weekly streams, including acoustic-based rock/pop band Skyfactor on 10/7. Folk singer-songwriter Peter Calo, presented by The Schoolhouse Theater, will perform a livestreaming event on 10/11.
Jazz aficionados can tune in to Jazz Forum Arts’s weekly “Jazz Forum @ Home” Facebook Live series for concerts presented from artists’ homes every Thursday evening. Meanwhile, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts has announced a virtual season that includes jazz as well: Aaron Diehl Trio returns to Caramoor in a concert presented in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center (10/16). The season also includes vocal, cabaret and classical performances.
In fact, orchestral concerts are aplenty this fall season. The Westchester Chamber Music Society will stream a live performance by much-sought-after The Dover String Quartet with a program that includes Haydn and Dvorak on (10/18). Hudson Valley Music Club, for its 96th year, will share recordings on its YouTube channel, including performances by their student award winners. Throughout its virtual fall season, Friends of Music Concerts will offer five recordings by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, each for a period of five days. The schedule includes pianists Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung (10/10) and violinist Cho-Liang Lin (10/24).
During Copland House’s new virtual performance and conversation series, “UNDERSCORED,” Graduate Center Doctoral candidates will join the Music from Copland House ensemble to offer premieres, revivals and classics by American composers. Each program zeros in on a single work, which will be performed after a conversation and before a live Q&A with the viewers. The first programs appropriately look at works by Aaron Copland: Sonata for Violin and Piano (10/13) and Quartet for Piano and Strings (10/26).
Members of Westchester Oratorio Society are exercising their vocal chords already during socially distanced rehearsals for its upcoming fall repertoire, which will include Fauré, Brahms and a virtual seasonal Messiah sing-along.
A version of this article first appeared in the October issue of ArtsNews, ArtsWestchester’s monthly publication. ArtsNewsis distributed throughout Westchester County. A digital copy is also available at artsw.org/artsnews.