FringeArts Announces 2020 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Lineup

By Chris Ruel

Philadelphia’s FringeArts has announced its 2020 lineup featuring 12 curated productions ranging from music to theater, installation art, and more with 114 independently-produced shows across genres and platforms.

The 24th annual event runs from September 10 through October 4.

On the musical end of the spectrum, there are four performances of note, all presented in a virtual format.

Alter Ego Chamber Opera, an emerging, opera collective out of Philadelphia presents “Mosaics of Modern Opera” via Zoom. Featuring five new micro operas, AECO will showcase the winning compositions of their 2020 Call for Scores Composition.

The two sopranos, violinist, and pianist who form AECO look forward to sharing an evening of dramatic, emotional, and contemplative music. Ticket prices range from free to $100. A performance time has yet to be announced. Registrants will be contacted and provided with an access code.

Broadcast Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020

“Piano for Pets” will provide music to soothe your culturally-deprived pet. Pianist Barbara Browne will perform and record an informal mini-concert of works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart, or Schumann specifically for your pet. Tickets are $12 and buyers will receive a Google form to enter their pet’s description. Browne will email the personalized recording for you to boost your pet’s mental well-being, using music therapy to calm your pet rather than your couch cushions.

Broadcast Date: September 10 – October 4, 2020

Composer, theater-maker, and choral music conductor Emily Bate leads The Wig Wag Workshop: “Exploring Voice.” In this virtual workshop, for which there is no singing experience required, Bate will use communal singing practices that include warm-ups, experiential anatomy lessons, signing mad-libs, free improvisation, and group discussion.

Broadcast Dates: September 22, 24, 2020

Aurora Classical of CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia presents “Bon Appétit!” by Lee Hoiby and Julia Child. According to the press release, the show offers a comic culinary extravaganza highlighting the antics of the beloved celebrity chef, Julia Child. Lee Hoiby’s work will be performed by Susan Weinman and pianist Pen Ying Fang. The show will be live-streamed on Facebook.

Broadcast Dates: Oct. 3, 2020