5 Things To Do This Week – 12/16/20

Newton Cultural Alliance highlights virtual arts & culture things to do

NCA is keeping you connected with each other and with your favorite local arts and culture organizations. 


*Join the Newton Free Library for a celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday. On Wednesday, December 16th at 2:00 PM, Paul-André Bempéchat will return to the Facebook Live stage to celebrate the beloved composer. Paul-André’s performance will include Beethoven’s Sonata in E minor, opus 90, Sonata in A major, opus 101, and Sonata in C minor, opus 111. Tune in here.

*The New Art Center presents Art & Wine: A Taste of Europe. On Thursday, December 17th at 6:00 PM, join art historian Brendan M. Sullivan, The Urban Grape, and Indulge! Candy and Chocolate for a tasting tour of Europe from the comfort of your home! The full tour includes two different bottles of wine and a four-piece truffle box delivered to your door, a live online tasting with The Urban Grape’s wine educator, and an art history presentation from the wines’ region. This week’s workshop will focus on Phenomenal Portugal. Let us transport you to Portugal without stress, jet lag, or COVID-restrictions! Click here to register.

*Dance where you are with Boston Ballet’s first-ever virtual season BB@YourHome; six programs that feature fresh creations, signature works, and classical ballet favorites captured live in-studio and streamed directly to you. From December 17th – 27th, their holiday performance, The Gift, will be available to watch online. Bring a joyous sparkle to the holidays with divertissements set to the deliciously bluesy compositions of Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite. Inspired by one of the greatest jazz musicians, Boston Ballet dancers will choreograph unique new works culminating in the regal grand pas de deux from Act II of The Nutcracker as a grand finale. Click here to learn more and purchase tickets.

*Join Newton Theatre Company for their next Zoom Radio Hour. On Saturday, December 19th at 8:00 PM, they will perform the holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life. George Bailey has so many problems, he is thinking about ending it all. With help from his Guardian Angel, Clarence, George gets to experience what his town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all his good deeds over the years. It’s a Wonderful Life, now more than ever, is a relevant story about love for friends, family and community, and the decency we exchange with those around us. This event is Pay What You Can. You can purchase tickets here.

*Join Amherst Early Music for a virtual recital! On Sunday, December 20th at 1:00 PM, you too can broadcast from your living room! Act now to reserve a spot to perform, or join in as a listener. We invite instrumentalists or singers to work up a short piece of music and play it for our supportive AEM community. Silent applause is guaranteed! You can perform a solo or a piece of chamber music with a recording. Click here to sign up as a performer or audience member.

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