#ArtWeekAtHome – Day 4: Music

May 4, 2020

For each day of #ArtWeekAtHome, we are focusing on one popular genre of arts/culture as a Daily Challenge. Day 4 is focused on Music. According to a Harvard University study, music is truly a universal language. Join us today for the Daily Challenge and be sure to check out other fun “a-home events” hosted by the ArtWeek community that celebrate creativity!


Today’s challenge is “Sing-A-Long Karaoke Style.” Music and singing are a big part of our lives so this challenge should hit a high note with everyone.  Just warm up your vocal cords and get ready to sing along to a classic, pop, or original tune, and be sure to share a photo or video with us by tagging #ArtWeekAtHome.  At a loss for words? Go online and explore karaoke sites, dig out your song books, or maybe you already know the words by heart of a favorite song (Twinkle Twinkle Little Star anyone?)! Just be sure to share your musical magic as part of ArtWeekAtHome BINGO and tag us @ArtWeekMA and #ArtWeekAtHome #ArtWeekDay4!

Perhaps these fun facts from the National Endowment for the Arts about choral singing will inspire you even more!  Research reveals that choral singing is a significant part of American life, with more than 54 million Americans singing today.  The number of Americans singing has increased over the past decade, with more than 54 million adults and children participating in choral groups today. More than one in six Americans over the age of 18 sings in a chorus. Music education in schools is key to lifelong singing and the benefits it brings. The majority of adults singing today say that they began singing because of a school choral music education opportunity. Over half of all choral singers started in elementary school, and three quarters started by the end of high school.  With statistics like these, why not join the chorus and participate in #ArtWeekAtHome!?

Planned 2020 event: Bring Your Guitar (SpeakEasy Stage, Boston)
Planned 2020 event: Sara Caswell, Jazz Violinist (Highfield Hall & Gardens, Falmouth)
Planned 2020 event: Jazz Violinist Performs Musical Improv (Childs Gallery, Boston)


ArtWeek is lucky to have the support of so many music-friendly media partners like Entercom (103.3. AMP, MAGIC 106.7, MIX 104.1), iHeart Media, WBUR, WGBH, WERS, WUMB, Rock 102 / Lazer 99.3 & 98.5, and WOMR who bring a wide variety of music to us every day.  But they aren’t alone in making our hearts sing – look who is joining the ArtWeek At Home chorus below!

Cape Cod Symphony Interview and Preview:  Cape Symphony’s conductor Jung-Ho talks to Clarissa Bevilacqua, the winner of our Cape Symphony International Online Violin Concerto Competition. Enjoy her conversation with Jung-Ho, a glimpse of her award-winning performance, and a special demonstration of her talent. Congratulations to Clarissa! It also showcases the Cape Symphony’s world premiere performance of “Soaring Over the Sound,” an extraordinary piece created by videographer Tom Chartrand and composer Matt Correia in collaboration with Jung-Ho. The commission of the original music was sponsored by the nonprofit Harwich Conservation Trust. “Soaring Over the Sound” was part of our “Beethoven on the Cape” concert from September 2019. Click here to listen!

Wine and Music Wednesday at Cotuit Center for the Arts:  On Wednesday May 6, join in a Zoom interactive version of a popular staple at the Center.  Just click here to join and remember to BYOB and a taste for musical treats!

Live from the Virtual Speakeasy with Amy Kucharik: Amy Kucharik plays 20s & 30s music and vintage-sounding originals on ukulele from her virtual speakeasy. Dress up in your best flapper/dapper outfits (or PJs), mix yourself a Mary Pickford, and dance. There’ll also be a Zoom for this, so you can show off your duds and dancing.  Click here for details on Facebook!

A Cappella Break Down: A Behind-the-Scenes Look with the Eight Tracks: A cappella music has become wildly popular in the past 10 years. But do you know what goes into taking a song that you’ve heard on the radio and turning into a piece of music to be performed by only human voices? The Eight Tracks will take you behind-the-scenes of contemporary pop a cappella in this virtual ArtWeek event. Using our most recent Quarantrack – “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake – you’ll learn about our process: from arrangement to recording, mixing, and video production. Even with proper social distancing, you can still get up close and personal with the Eight Tracks.  We’ll be posting links to the live event on our Facebook  and YouTube.

A Spanish Mother’s Day with Boston Arts Consort: Feliz Dia de la Madre! Celebrate Mother’s Day with us. Listen to a beautiful Spanish lullaby, relax to the warming sounds of a Spanish guitar, enjoy a virtual flamenco dance lesson, and even receive a special recipe from Boston’s Spanish chef De Haro. Click here to join us!

The Flesh Failures: Let the Sun Shine: Actors from the Cotuit Center for the Arts family participated in a collaboration from home. For a Musical Moment that you’ll be glad you checked out, click

Singer/Songwriter Nick Zaino:  Join Nick who will be performing original folk/Americana/rock music on Facebook Live on May 4th  from 3-4:30 pm – click here to make sure you don’t miss my live concert!

Nature’s Cathedral: Join Melodic Vision and Riverview Chamber Players to experience the music of composer Patricia Van Ness, arranged for four violas, as the backdrop for this array of slowly moving images that blend stunning natural vistas with exquisite cathedrals from around the world. This relaxation video is for people of all ages recovering from illness or trauma or for anyone else in need of a gentle escape. Relax, listen, and watch here.

Virtual First Friday Open Mic: Join the Hopkinton Center for the Arts who is inviting all Singer-Songwriters and music lovers to join us for a virtual open mic, with host Jack Byrne. Free event.  Check out this great opportunity to get over your stage fright: click here!

Sunday Brunch Jams: Join DJ Slick Vick and Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston to spice up your Sunday brunch at home with our new Instagram live series featuring DJ Slick Vick. Special treat:  Cook special weekly recipes while getting down to live music from local DJs. Start jamming here!

Virtual Coffee House: During this time of social distancing, Intermission Cafe is collaborating with the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) to offer virtual entertainment and community. On Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 4:00 pm on Intermission’s Facebook page, Intermission will host a “Virtual Coffee House” featuring live music by the talented students and alumni of the Franklin School for the Performing Arts.

Drumming With Dummies with Driscoll Productions: Children ages 2 to 102 are invited to join the free INTERACTIVE facebook LIVE fun and drum along with our dummies … using anything at home that you hit, shake, or scrape to make sound. Join us on Wednesday, May 6 at 10 am to beat the dol-drums!                                           

For even more fun, today and throughout #ArtWeekAtHome, check out our Facebook Events page. You’re sure to find something that suits your interests!                         

Planned 2020 event: WOMR-FM Open House and Dedication (Provincetown)
Planned 2020 event: Spring Mosaic of Music (Worcester State University)
Planned 2020 event: Edward Hopper's Footsteps (The Art of David Arsenault Gallery, Rockport)

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