Washington Performing Arts recently announced its all virtual Home Delivery Plus series for 2021. While the winter/spring 2021 season will bring the new online subscription and pay-per-view series, fall 2020 will focus on free digital programs featuring local artists and community partners.
The theme, dubbed Fall for Local, will showcase Washingtonians who are performers, teachers, partners and own businesses. The series will begin with Christopher Tin’s “To Shiver the Sky” on August 29th. The event was originally supposed to be in-person but was moved online. Grammy winning composer and conductor Tin will join the U.S. Air Force Band, Modern Medieval and soprano Danielle de Niese with tenor Pene Pati to present Tin’s new oratorio. “To Shiver the Sky” is inspired by the history of flight and the quest to “conquer the heavens.” The oratorio will be told through the words of 11 astronomers, pilots, inventors and visionaries.
Two additional free performances, “The City is Our Stage: A Virtual Dance Spotlight” and “Living the Dream, Singing the Dream,” have fall launch dates to be determined. The dance spotlight will showcase short works of three to five minutes each with a variety of dancers and dance styles. “Living the Dream, Singing the Dream” is a long-running yearly choral tribute to MLK, Jr. The program is a collaboration between the Washington Performing Arts’ Men, Women and Children of the Gospel Choice and the Choral Arts Society of Washington.
If you’re interested in the Home Delivery Plus series, some confirmed performances include piano legend Sir András Schiff and a tribute to Aretha Franklin with Damien Sneed and Karen Clark Sheard.
More information on upcoming performances can be found here.