From august institutions to individual performers, those in the arts continue to face severe economic challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic. Fortunately, the same creativity that inspires their work has also spurred unique virtual experiences ideal for gift-giving, as are subscriptions, memberships, CDs and other tangible items. Here is a curated selection from the cornucopia of Bay Area arts organizations and artists.

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Kick off the holiday season with the San Francisco Symphony’s virtual Deck the Hall concert that airs at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 5 on NBC Bay Area and 11:30 a.m. Dec. 6 on Telemundo 48.

Conducted by Daniel Stewart, the family-friendly program includes holiday favorites and sing-alongs. It will feature San Francisco Symphony musicians and special guests, including NBC Bay Area’s Raj Mathai. You can also support the Symphony, which has canceled in-person performances through June, by donating $500 toward a VIP Deck the Halls experience, which includes a holiday care package and a recorded video message from a certain North Pole celebrity.

The Symphony will also share festive music and memories each day in December. Follow @sfsymphony on Instagram and Facebook.

San Francisco Ballet has nimbly pivoted to online streaming for its 2021 season, including a virtual gala on Jan. 14, three world premieres and a newly “digitally conceived” production of “Swan Lake” among seven programs. Subscriptions are $289 with single programs (starting Jan. 21) just $34.

Artistic director Helgi Tomasson has also reimagined the company’s beloved “Nutcracker” as an immersive, interactive experience based on a 2007 stream starring Yuan Yuan Tan as the Snow Queen. It’s available Nov. 27…


By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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