Published Friday, March 27, 2020

Museum tours, video streaming concerts
and shows this weekend

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

For these days when it is necessary to stay at home, the Ministry of Culture invites the public to visit museums and enjoy concerts and theater performances online.

The National Museum offers free virtual tours to visit the museum and its butterfly garden on their webpage.

Using 360° photographs, the museum offers online tours of their main art exhibits. There three main showrooms are:

- Pre-Columbian History before the arrival of the Spanish in the region.

- Costa Rica through the centuries is a journey through the main historical events from the 16th century to the present day.

- The Butterfly Garden is a visit to the butterfly garden that is in the museum gardens.

Another option is to enjoy the dance performances of the National Dance Company that are being presented on their Facebook page.

Among the shows that will be presented is the dance “Los Faustos Rohetes de Juan.” A comedy based on the story by Julio Cortázar that bears the same name, takes place at an end-of-year party where the lady, her husband, and the guests are gathered in a high society house.

It’s not just tours and dances available online. Also, some municipal bands will be live-streaming concerts.

Friday, March 27 concerts:

- The Cartago band will offer a jazz classics concert, today at 7 p.m. on their Facebook page.

- The San José Band presents the concert Six Continents, with the direction of the master U.S. Citizen Thomas Verrier, director of the Symphonic Band at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University and the Vanderbilt Wind Symphony. The concert can be seen on the band's YouTube page.

Sunday, March 28 concert:

- The Heredia Band will be showing the “La Traviata” through video streaming on their Facebook page at  10 a.m.

International opera performances and concerts are also available online for free. Some of these are:

- The Isol-Aid Festival, an Instagram Live music festival featuring Australian artists will take place from Saturday to Sunday.

- The Metropolitan Opera will be streaming performances for free. Streams will be released starting at 7:30 p.m. ET each night and will be available until 3:30 p.m. ET the next day.

- The Berliner Philharmoniker is showing their concerts on the orchestra website. Redeem the voucher code BERLINPHIL and receive free access to all concerts and films.

- The Vienna State Opera will present performances every day. Today they are showing “Tosca” from 1 and 3 p.m. ET.

- Philadelphia Orchestra is presenting Mahler’s Fifth Symphony at 8 p.m. ET. The performance can be seen on the Virtual Philadelphia Orchestra site.

- Google’s Arts & Culture platform has partnered with 1,200 leading museums and archives to show their exhibits online and offer virtual tours.

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