Many Fort Worthians are turning to local live stream shows to unwind and relax after a long day of work and guiding their kid through remote learning classes. Local performing arts groups are using the opportunity to serve the Fort Worth community by providing homebound folks with online music lessons and tips for making music at home.
FWSO Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya
As conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya winds down his 20-year tenure with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, he is ramping up his educational efforts. Throughout the current COVID-19 outbreak, the maestro has held free online webinars where he teaches the fundamentals of conducting and chats with world-famous musicians.
Looking to brush up on your conducting chops or to learn music history lessons from a world-renown conductor? Visit conductinginstitute.com for updates on these free online music lessons (donations to Harth-Bedoya’s scholarship fund are welcome).
FWSO Music Lab
Fort Worth’s resident orchestra has pivoted to providing online listening and learning opportunities through the FWSO Music Lab. The Leaning Lab component offers high-quality educational videos that guide young minds through various music families (percussion, string, wind and others).
Link Up concerts allow viewers to play or sing along to familiar songs like "Simple Gifts" and "Ode to Joy." Lunchtime With Mozart is held online every Wednesday and provides activities and worksheets that can be completed within the span of a lunch break.
Cliburn at Home
The Van Cliburn Foundation is traditionally known for its formal concerts. The venerable foundation is showing a more intimate, homier side with its Cliburn at Home. The online resources offer live stream concerts, artist spotlights and free lessons for kids.
Cliburn Kids is hosted by pianist Buddy Bray who explores music concepts through listening games and storytelling. Kids are encouraged to dance and participate in programs that cater to elementary-aged children.
Fort Worth Opera
Looking for a fun and friendly deep dive into opera? Fort Worth Opera’s new Arts-In-Place program offers families comprehensive study guides and entertaining videos of Puccini’s "La Bohème," Strauss’s "Revenge of the Bat" (Die Fledermaus) and a sneak peek of Héctor Armienta’s thrilling new opera "Zorro." Learn fun opera facts about each opera through age-appropriate activities.