Get your Met on
You don’t need to be an opera expert to know who Renee Fleming is. The 61-year-old soprano has been nominated for 17 Grammy Awards, circled the globe countless time to perform and sang the Star-Spangled Banner for an audience of more than 110 million viewers of Super Bowl XLCIII.
So why shouldn’t the Metropolitan Opera pull from the dozens of productions she has sung in for an all-Fleming week of Nightly Opera streams?
The week started Monday, but it continues through Sunday with Strauss’s “Der Rosenkavalier” and “Capriccio,” Rossini’s “Armida,” Handel’s “Rodelinda” and Dvorak’s “Ruskala” — a veritable five-course feast that shows off the legendary vocalists’ horizonless range and bottomless depth.
As always, the Metropolitan Opera offers these streams from its archive of “Met in HD” presentations for free, a gift to help make the COVID-19 pandemic a little more bearable, and to keep the stories opera house in the minds and hearts of its audiences.
Operas begin at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time each day at MetOpera.org, which is also where to go for details and updates.
Rent relief for the arts
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge arts organizations, the Center for the Arts announced is has made available more than $225,000 in rent relief for its resident organizations, an effort made possible through the Lea Charitable Trust.
“The rent relief that Center for the Arts is giving to Center residents for 2021 is an incredible benefit to our organization during this continued time of uncertainty,” said Bronwyn Minton, executive director of the Art Association of Jackson Hole, which leases some 10,000 square feet in the Center for its year-round adult and youth classes and events. “The Art Association is very thankful as art making is vital to our community and to our health and this kind of support helps us keep fulfilling our mission.”
“We all need to support one another now more than ever,” Babs Case, artistic director of Dancers’ Workshop, added. “It is gestures like this that will pave the road of working closely together to benefit all arts organizations and in turn, provide extraordinary arts programming for our extraordinary community.”
In 2021, Dancers’ Workshop will celebrate 50 years of bringing dance to the valley.
The Center provides a home for more than 20 independent nonprofits representing the visual arts, film, music, theater, broadcasting, literature, education and more. In 2020, it came together with its residents to secure several months of rent relief with a matching grant from the Emergency Response Fund through the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole.
“This effort demonstrated to us the power of working together, and how important it is for us to support each other during this challenging time,” said Marty Camino, executive director of Center for the Arts. “Using the momentum from this effort last year, we were very motivated to raise further funds to support the resident organizations who call our campus their creative home.”
Who would know better how to adapt to the times than Teton Adaptive Sports?
The nonprofit that provides lessons and opportunities for people with disabilities to get out in the mountains or onto the water has rigged its 11th annual fundraiser to comply with coronavirus health guidelines.
This year’s Apres Soiree will be a to-go affair.
Purchase an Apres To Go package at TetonAdaptiveSports.com/apres-soiree-fundraiser to pick up between 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday at TAS’s touch-free, curbside drive-up outside Teton Thai/Teton Adaptive, or have it delivered.
There are two options: Apres for Four, for $125, which includes an $80 gift card from Teton Thai, an “inclusive skiing” Buff designed by valley artist Haley Badenhop, a trucker hat with adaptive athlete Trevor Kennison, two Noso patches and two stickers, all in a reusable bag; and the Apres for Two, which contains a $40 Teton Thai gift card, the Kennison trucker hat, and Noso patch and sticker.
A raffle offers another way to support the organization, with prizes including skis, lift tickets, apparel and adventures. Tickets cost $10 each, $30 for four, $100 for 15 or $130 for 25, and also are available at TetonAdaptiveSports.com.
All proceeds will go to providing lessons and guides and to making the specialized gear adaptive skiers use available.