The QOVID 19/Coronavirus pandemic has certainly changed our lives, at least in the short term. Entertainment wise, local stages and performance halls have been shut down. So that is why some great performances have moved to your living room, kinda, to become virtual concerts. St. Cecilia Music Center has joined the group!

St. Cecilia Music Center is launching virtual concerts this fall, the Chamber Music Series by the esteemed Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and The Jazz Piano Series featuring Michigan jazz pianists and the world-renowned Bob James .

These virtual concert performances are FREE and will give viewers the opportunity to hear and see their favorite Chamber Music and Jazz performers.

St. Cecilia has enhanced their concerts a bit, however. All virtual concerts can be enjoyed with special wine and cheese goodie bags from Martha’s Vineyard delivered to your home the day of the concert. All proceeds from the Martha’s Vineyard concert package purchase benefit SCMC thanks to the generosity of Kameel at Martha’s Vineyard. They are priced at $65, with each package including one bottle of wine - a red, white or bubbly - and a block of aged Gouda cheese, Blue Crab Bay Company sea salt peanuts, fig spread, Nantucket Baking Company crackers, Terra veggie chips and gourmet chocolate. Not a bad deal at all.

Beginning September 10 and running through November 4, St. Cecilia Music Center will offer five free-streaming Jazz Piano Concerts through their Facebook page and YouTube Channel. Jazz lovers will be able to tune in at 7pm to hear great performances by Michigan Jazz Pianists John Proulx, Xavier Davis, Steve Talaga, Cliff Monear, and Bob James every other week.

Starting September 17 and continuing through December 3, St. Cecilia Music Center will offer four free-streaming monthly Chamber Music Concerts at 7pm on their website at SCMC-online.com. These performances by the  will feature works by composers Mozart, Bartók, Dvořák, Tchaikovsky, Bach and others. All Chamber Music concerts can be viewed the night of the airing and for seven days after. Program notes and artist bios will also be available through SCMC’s website.

Every virtual 90-minute Chamber Music Society concert will begin with an “up close and personal” interview with one Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center artist beginning with Pianist Alexio Bax on Thursday, September 17; Violinist Cho-Liang Lin on October 15, Violinist Arnaud Sussman on November 12, and Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott on December 3. Each concert will also conclude with a Q & A with Chamber Music Society Artistic Directors Wu Han and David Finckel and featured artist.

To buy the Martha's Vineyard Goodie Bag Package, CLICK HERE!