Next Stage Arts Project launches pair of video series

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PUTNEY — With gatherings and performances on hold in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Next Stage Arts Project is launching a series of online performance content to keep artists and the community connected.

The organziation's YouTube channel launched two performance series, "The Quarantine Sessions" and "Cooped Up Kids."

In a video message, Next Stage executive director Keith Marks said the two

series, created by the organization's board and staff, "are a fairly ingenious way to pass the time and build connectivity with everyone. "

"We hope to provide entertainment that is uplifting," Marks said in the video clip. "From all of us at next stage we miss you and look forward to having you back in our theater and back in our building."

"As we work to maintain the physical distance vital to flattening the Covid-19 curve, we are all discovering new ways to connect, entertain, educate, and, ultimately, uplift one another in these unprecedented times," the organization said in a news release.

To date. "The Quarantine Sessions" include an improvisational frame drum performance by Mathias Kunzli, a composer and percussionist from Switzerland based in New York and Los Angeles, and a rendition of the Irish folk tune "Oh Danny Boy" by Irish singer-songwriter Brendan Doherty.

"Cooped Up Kids" features a performance by composer and violinist Meg Okura and her daughter Naomi performing an original duet.

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