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September 21, 2020 | By Clive Paget, Musical America

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Monday, September 21

8 am ET: Wigmore Hall presents Leonore Piano Trio. Violinist Benjamin Nabarro, cellist Gemma Rosefield, and pianist Tim Horton set Beethoven’s first Piano Trio alongside Brahms’ last. View here. LIVE

1 pm ET: Church of Trinity Wall Street presents Comfort at One. From April 2017: This 2017 Bach at One collaboration with New York Baroque Inc centered on the theme of comfort and included Bach’s cantata Ich habe genug, BWV 82. Featured soloists from The Choir of Trinity Wall Street were Luthien Brackett, Scott Mello, Christopher Dylan Herbert and Megan Chartrand. View here.

1 pm ET: Copland House & CUNY present Underscored: Copland’s Sextet. A deep dive into one of the 20th-century's most exhilarating tours-de-force, fabled for its daredevil complexities, rhythmic challenges, and tangle of jazz- and Mexican-inspired syncopations. With Derek Bermel, clarinet, Danielle Farina, viola, Alexis Pia Gerlach, cello, Michael Boriskin, piano, and Magdalena Filipczak and Pala Garcia, violins. Includes live Q&A with Pala Garcia, Derek Bermel, and Michael Boriskin. Register and view here.

2:30 pm ET: Wigmore Hall presents Jess Gillam & MILOŠ. Two charismatic musicians, each with a substantial and growing following, join together for a program of saxophone and guitar running from the 16th to the 20th centuries that demonstrates the range of their musical interests, including Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango. View here. LIVE
 
7 pm ET: Kaufman Music Center presents What Makes It Great? Beethoven's Appassionata Sonata. In Beethoven’s time, the Appassionata was a radical, avant-garde work that left listeners dazed and confused, yet today the piece has become mainstream fare. How did this music get domesticated, and can we rehear this piece as the revolutionary work it was? Filmed in Merkin Hall, pianist Orli Shaham explores the work. Tickets from $15 and view here.

7:30 pm ET: SalonEra presents Recovering Roots. Passionate about the cross-cultural sounds of music in the colonies, Cree-Métis baritone Jonathon Adams centers indigenous music in early music practice. Combining music from a Métis songbook with selections by Marais, Purcell, and Bach, Adams recovers a history of cultural exchange and musical migration in late 17th- and 18th-century New France. Suggested donation $10, register and view here.

7:30 pm ET: Met Opera Streams presents Puccini’s La Rondine. Conducted by Marco Armiliato; starring Angela Gheorghiu, Lisette Oropesa, Roberto Alagna, Marius Brenciu, and Samuel Ramey. From January 10, 2009. View here and for 24 hours.

Tuesday, September 22

8 am ET: Wigmore Hall presents Simon Höfele & Elisabeth Brauss. At just 25, Simon Höfele is one of the most exciting trumpeters of the up-and-coming generation. In this recital with pianist Elisabeth Brauss he gives the world première of a new piece by Geoffrey Gordon, He saith among the trumpets, alongside music by Liszt, Strauss, and Arutiunian. View here. LIVE

1 pm ET: OperaVision presents Aleksandrs Antonenko Recital. In the first live concert after the lockdown in Latvia, international tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko’s wide ranging program included operatic arias and songs by leading Latvian composers. View here and on demand for six months.

1 pm ET: Church of Trinity Wall Street presents Comfort at One. From February 2019: The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and NOVUS NY performed the Kyrie from Wachner’s Epistle Mass. A link will also be provided to the full concert, featuring premieres by Nico Muhly and Daniel Schlosberg. View here.

1 pm ET: 48th Istanbul Music Festival presents Festival Orchestra & Cem Mansur. The Festival Orchestra makes its debut under the baton of Cem Mansur. Program: Sibelius’s Andante Festivo and Romance, Pärt’s Fratres, Piazzola’s Melodia en la menor, Turina’s La Oracion del Torero, and Puccini’s Crisantemi. View here. LIVE
 
2 pm ET: Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall presents Musikfest Berlin: Final Concert. Music by composer Rebecca Saunders is at the heart of this conclusion to Musikfest Berlin. There will also be two world premieres by the Claudio Abbado Prize-winning Milica Djordjevic and a work by Enno Poppe, who is also the evening’s conductor. This concert featuring students of the BPO’s Karajan Academy. Register and view for free here. LIVE

2:30 pm ET: Wigmore Hall presents Castalian String Quartet. A program including Beethoven’s String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132, Haydn’s Emperor Quartet, with its variations on the composer’s own Austrian Imperial anthem, and Janácek’s String Quartet No. 1 Kreutzer Sonata inspired by Tolstoy’s passionate novella. View here. LIVE

5:45 pm ET: International Music Foundation presents Rush Hour Concert: Season Finale. Kontras Quartet plays Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 7, Jessie Montgomery’s Voodoo Dolls, and Beethoven’s String Quartet in G, Op. 18 No. 2. View here and on demand. LIVE

6 pm ET: Princeton Festival Piano Competition presents Grand Final. Young pianists chosen from as far afield as the UK, Canada, Colombia, Indonesia, Serbia, India, Brazil, Austria, Taiwan, and China will perform in a video event with the winners to be announced at the end. The video concert will last approximately two hours. Tickets $10 and view here until September 27 at 10 pm ET.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West. Conducted by Nicola Luisotti; starring Deborah Voigt, Marcello Giordani, and Lucio Gallo. From January 8, 2011. View here and for 24 hours.

Wednesday, September 23

8 am ET: Wigmore Hall presents Elizabeth Llewellyn & Simon Lepper. The British soprano joins Wigmore regular Simon Lepper for a program including songs by Strauss and Mahler, as well as Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's set of six songs dedicated to his wife. View here. LIVE
 
2 pm ET: IDAGIO presents Classical (R)evolution with Rachel. Join soprano Rachel Fenlon as she explores what breaking the rules, embracing uncertainty, and thinking “outside the box” does for classical music-making. In this episode: composer Chaya Czernowin. View here.

2:30 pm ET: Wigmore Hall presents Quatuor Danel. The quartet continues its survey of two composers who were mutual supporters as well as friends. The Russian-specialist French ensemble places Weinberg’s Fourth Quartet (1945) between two consecutive works by Shostakovich (Quartet No. 4 and No. 5) dating from 1949 and 1952. View here. LIVE

5 pm ET: New York City Center Live @ Home presents Studio 5 | Great American Ballerinas. NYCB principal dancer Sara Mearns works with choreographer Pam Tanowitz to explore new solo material. Both artists have extended their range in recent years—Tanowitz revealing her distinct choreographic voice through a witty and inventive post-modern treatment of classical vocabulary and Mearns expanding her repertory to include works by pioneers Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, and Merce Cunningham. View here and on demand until September 29.

7:30 pm ET: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents Inside Chamber Music Plus III. CMS Resident Lecturer Bruce Adolphe explores chamber music works, performed in full by CMS Artists. This week: Fauré’s Quintet in D minor for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello, Op. 89 with Anne-Marie McDermott and the Calidore Quartet. Excerpts performed by Amphion String Quartet and Anna Polonsky. View here and on demand for a week. 

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. Conducted by Fabio Luisi; starring Kristine Opolais, Roberto Alagna, Massimo Cavalletti, and Brindley Sherratt. From March 5, 2016. View here and for 24 hours.

8 pm ET: Bang on a Can presents Michael Gordon’s House Music. Gordon composed House Music for cellist Ashley Bathgate to be performed only in intimate spaces, such as a living room, for a small audience. For this special live-stream event, she will broadcast directly from her home, speaking informally and recreating the experience of being together in a living room. Tickets $25 and view here.

Thursday, September 24

8 am ET: Wigmore Hall presents Cédric Tiberghien. The French pianist presents a program of works by compatriot composers, alternating between Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin and a set of works from Couperin’s fourth book of piano pieces, starting and ending the concert with music by Debussy. View here. LIVE

12 pm ET: Boston Symphony Orchestra presents Encore BSO Recitals. Three BSO violists perform 20th-century masterworks. Rebecca Clarke’s and Paul Hindemith’s sonatas date from 1919. American composer-conductor Ulysses Kay, who studied with Hindemith at the Berkshire Music Center, wrote his Sonatine for Viola and Piano in 1939 but the piece was premiered only this past summer, in the recital presented here. Berio’s Naturale creates a landscape for viola and percussion evoking Italian folk song and incorporating pre-recorded Sicilian street cries. View here.

1 pm ET: IDAGIO presents Thursdays with Thomas. Join Thomas Hampson in conversation with colleagues, friends, and other major personalities of the classical music world. Every week, Thomas invites a special guest for a discussion around their favorite piece of the classical repertoire. View here and later on demand. LIVE

1:30 pm ET: Czech Philharmonic presents 125th Season Launch. Chief Conductor Semyon Bychkov leads the Czech Philharmonic in a program of Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 35, with pianist Daniil Trifonov and trumpeter Selina Ott, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor. View on either Mezzo Live HD or Medici.tv (both require a subscription).

2:30 pm ET: Wigmore Hall presents Jean-Guihen Queyras. Since Bach’s famous examples, the first of which begins tonight’s program, many composers have added to the catalogue for solo cello. Jean-Guihen Queyras plays a major work by Benjamin Britten (his final cello suite) alongside a 1955 work by Saygun. View here. LIVE

6 pm ET: Carolyn Enger presents Afterwork Classics From Her Lawn. Pianist Carolyn Enger offers a socially distanced lawn event for locals where listeners can bring a chair and enjoy her playing from her open window in Englewood, NJ. Afterwork Classics on the Lawn is a fundraiser for Black Box Performing Arts Center. The program features music by Schubert, Ned Rorem, and Philip Glass. To attend, email here or view livestream here.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Conducted by Patrick Summers; starring Patricia Racette, Maria Zifchak, Marcello Giordani, and Dwayne Croft. From on March 7, 2009. View here and for 24 hours.

7:30 pm ET: Detroit Symphony Orchestra presents Wei Yu plays Haydn. Matthias Pintscher makes his Orchestra Hall debut with DSO Principal Cello Wei Yu performing Haydn’s Second Cello Concerto and Stravinsky’s neoclassical Dumbarton Oaks, the concerto named for the Washington D.C. estate where the United Nations was born. Tickets $12 and view here.

7:30 pm ET: Lied Center for the Performing Arts presents Paul Barnes. The concert pianist and Greek Orthodox chanter presents a contemplative and cathartic program of piano works inspired by Native American, Greek, Jewish, and Latin chant. Barnes has collaborated with Philip Glass and Victoria Bond to create piano works based on ancient byzantine and Jewish chant. World premieres include Barnes’s transcription of Glass’s Annunciation and David von Kampen’s new piano work Trisagion, as well as Liszt’s Via Crucis, exploring the journey of Christ to the cross. View here.

10:30 pm ET: Seattle Symphony presents Mozart & Beethoven. Pianist Jon Kimura Parker joins conductor Xian Zhang and the Seattle Symphony for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, and William Grant Still’s Mother and Child. Annual passes from $9.99 per month and view here.

Friday, September 25

8 am ET: Wigmore Hall presents Carolyn Sampson & Matthew Wadsworth. A program of 17th-century lute songs touching all corners of society, from folk songs and ballads to the genius of Dowland, Johnson, and Purcell. At the program’s center is Echos in Air by Laura Snowden, a hypnotic work for solo theorbo, written for Matthew Wadsworth in 2019. View here. LIVE

9 am ET Baruch Performing Arts Center presents Stick and Bow. In celebration of Latin American Heritage month, Montreal-based cello and marimba duo Stick and Bow perform works by Astor Piazzolla, Hector Villa Lobos, Julio De Caro, and more. Register and view here and on demand until September 30.

1 pm ET: LA Phil Soundstage presents Love in the Time of COVID. With the help of soprano J’Nai Bridges, Gustavo Dudamel and the Orchestra explore the many expressions of love—from the familial in George Walker’s elegy for his grandmother, to a musical love letter from Gustav Mahler, to Peter Lieberson’s setting of romantic poetry from Pablo Neruda. Program: Lieberson’s "Amor mio, si muero y tú no mueras," Walker’s Lyric for Strings, and Mahler’s Adagietto from Symphony No. 5. View here for 30 days. 

1 pm ET: Opernhaus Zürich presents Oper Für Alle: Kálmán’s Die Csárdásfürstin. A weekend of free live opera streams where orchestra and choir will be broadcast live to the Opernhaus from an external rehearsal hall, in compliance with distancing regulations. Vocal soloists, meanwhile, will perform live on stage. Kálmán’s operetta stars Annette Dasch and Pavol Breslik. The 30-year-old Swiss conductor Lorenzo Viotti leads the orchestra and the staging is by German director Jan Philipp Gloger. View here and for 48 hours. LIVE
 
1 pm ET: OperaVision presents Marina Rebeka Recital. The Baroque Rundale Palace, created by Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, was a fitting backdrop for Latvian opera star Marina Rebeka’s first solo concert after the lockdown. Arias by Verdi, Puccini, Lehár, and Catalani, with pianist Laila Holberga. View here and on demand for six months.

1 pm ET: IDAGIO presents Vienna Boys Choir: From Austria with Love. Join the Vienna Boys Choir for the start of their World Online Tour. The four choirs of the world-famous Wiener Sängerknaben come together to perform in a concert filmed exclusively for IDAGIO's Global Concert Hall. Tickets Euro 5.90 and view here. LIVE

2 pm ET: Berkeley Symphony & Berkeley Public Library present Reading Is Instrumental. An all-star line-up of storytellers with musical accompaniment by Berkeley Symphony musicians. Readers include actress Rita Moreno, author Maxine Hong Kingston with actor Earll Kingston, Oakland A’s player Marcus Semien, comedian/actor Andy Samberg, author/illustrator Thacher Hurd, Berkeley Symphony Music Director Joseph Young, and children’s librarian Michael Kwende. Kids and adults alike can tune in for literary and musical fun. View here.

2 pm ET: Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival presents Katherine Broderick, Kathryn Stott & Guy Johnston. The Ninth annual Festival unites art, history, and music in four chamber concerts filmed in front of a private family audience in Lord Salisbury's historic home. In the third concert, filmed in the Marble Hall, soprano Katherine Broderick, pianist Kathryn Stott and cellist Guy Johnston perform songs and music by Schubert, Fauré, Berlioz, and Quilter. View here.

2:30 pm ET: Wigmore Hall presents Kit Armstrong. Still in his 20s, the British-American pianist and composer plays music by William Byrd, John Bull, Giles Farnaby, Jan Sweelinck, and Johann Sebastian Bach. View here. LIVE

7 pm ET: LA Opera presents Living Room Recital. Soprano Sarah Vautour, a member of the company's young artist program, partners with pianists Steven Blier (artistic director of the New York Festival of Song) and Jeremy Frank for a cabaret program, with songs by Kurt Weill, William Bolcom, Cole Porter, and Francis Poulenc. View here. LIVE

7:30 pm ET: Interlochen Arts Academy presents Collage. The Academy resumed in-person instruction this fall with over 540 students enrolled. Its traditional fall showcase livestreams student performances and artwork from across the Academy’s arts disciplines: creative writing, dance, film and new media, interdisciplinary arts, music, theatre arts, and visual arts. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music present Jupiter & Jasper String Quartets. In a virtual concert recorded at the University of Illinois, the Jupiter Quartet perform Beethoven’s Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Harp while the Jasper Quartet performs music by Lera Auerbach and Joan Tower. The evening concludes with Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat, Op. 20 with four local musicians joining the Jaspers. All works performed by the Jasper Quartet will be pre-recorded in Syracuse. Tickets from $25 and view here.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Puccini’s Tosca. Conducted by Emmanuel Villaume; starring Sonya Yoncheva, Vittorio Grigolo, and Željko Lucic. From January 27, 2018. View here and for 24 hours.

7:30 pm ET: Detroit Symphony Orchestra presents Islands on Stage. The harpsichord, flute, and violin share the spotlight in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, then Toru Takemitsu’s Archipelago S. showcases the varied textures of the orchestra as the sections are spread across the stage like islands in the sea. Matthias Pintscher conducts. Tickets $12 and view here.

8 pm ET: Juventas presents American Mirror. The first of five chamber concerts focusing on the work of living composers. Program: Allison Loggins-Hull’s Homeland, Mari Kotskyy’s Reminiscence, Jessica Meyer’s Bridge and Tunnel, Miguel de Aguila’s DISAGREE!, Derrick Spiva Jr.’s American Mirror, and Oliver Caplan’s Love Letters. With Nick Southwick, flute, Wolcott Humphrey, clarinet, Olga Patramanska-Bell and Ryan Shannon, violins, Lu Yu, viola, Minjin Chung, cello, and Julia Scott Carey, piano. Join at 7 pm for a pre-concert “Composer Conversation,” moderated by Professor Karen Ruymann of the Boston Conservatory. View here.

8 pm ET: The Kennedy Center presents Noseda Fridays: Journey to Space. (Original broadcast date: August 31, 2018). Gianandrea Noseda [pictured] conducts the National Symphony Orchestra and violinist Joshua Bell in a program that includes excerpts from Holst’s The Planets, Debussy’s Clair de lune, Rusalka’s “Song to the Moon,” and Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy. View here.

9 pm ET: PBS Great Performances presents Now Hear This: The Schubert Generation. The stories behind some of the greatest classical music ever composed in the documentary miniseries that merges music, storytelling, travel and culture. Schubert composed 1,500 works, but his genius wasn’t recognized until after his tragic death at 31. Scott Yoo goes to today’s musical capitals to meet tomorrow’s most promising artists—all of them Schubert’s age during his career—to understand Schubert’s life through some of his greatest music and learn what it takes for a young classical artist to make it in the 21st century. More info here or check local listings.
 
9 pm ET: Houston Symphony presents Live from Jones Hall: Great Women Composers: Esmail, Price & Smyth. The program starts with music of Reena Esmail, whose compositions have been hailed as “crystal clear, beautiful, thought-provoking, and unlike anything I’ve ever heard before” (Los Angeles Times). Florence Price’s exuberant String Quartet in A minor is followed by Ethel Smyth’s Songs for Mezzo-Soprano, featuring Award-winning mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor. Tickets $20 and view here. LIVE

Saturday, September 26

6 pm ET: River Oaks Chamber Orchestra presents Starburst. The Houston-based chamber orchestra opens their 16th season with a livestreamed concert named for Jessie Montgomery's 2012 composition. The concert also features Kodály’s Dances of Marosszék, Beethoven’s Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43, Fauré’s Masques et Bergamasques, Op. 112, Debussy’s Clair de Lune (arr. Luck), and the world premiere of La Tierra Sin Mal (The Land Without Evil) inspired by the mythology of the Guaraní people of South America. View here. LIVE

12:30 pm ET: Opernhaus Zürich presents Oper Für Alle: Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. A weekend of free live opera streams where orchestra and choir will be broadcast live to the Opernhaus from an external rehearsal hall, in compliance with distancing regulations. Vocal soloists, meanwhile, will perform live on stage. Musical director Kirill Karabits conducts Barrie Kosky’s new staging and a cast that includes Michael Volle, John Daszak, Brindley Sherratt, Edgaras Montvidas, Oksana Volkova, and Johannes Martin Kränzle. View here and for 48 hours. LIVE
 
1 pm ET: Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall presents Lahav Shani & Francesco Piemontesi. A double BPO debut: Lahav Shani, successor to Zubin Mehta as music director of the Israel Philharmonic, and pianist Francesco Piemontesi who plays Mozart’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 27 in B flat, K. 595. The symphonic work is Schumann’s First Symphony, which the newly married composer wrote in the euphoric mood of a new beginning. Tickets Euro 9.90 and view here. LIVE
 
2 pm ET: VOCES8 Live From London presents Stile Antico: Music of the English Renaissance. A recital of spine-tingling music from composers including Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons, Richard Dering, Peter Phillips, and featuring the motet “Gaude, Gaude, Gaude Maria” by John Sheppard. Tickets $16 and view here.

2:30 pm ET: Wigmore Hall presents Gerald Finley & Julius Drake. A combination of the French and American song traditions in this program by the Canadian baritone mixing art songs by Ives and Barber with the Great American Songbook. View here. LIVE

5:30 pm ET: Bard Music Festival presents Out of the Silence: A Celebration of Music. The third of four concerts pairing works by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Dvorák, and Bartók with music by ten prominent Black composers. The Orchestra Now, conducted by Leon Botstein, plays Duke Ellington’s Solitude (arr. Gould), Sophisticated Lady (arr. Gould), Joseph Bologne, the Chevalier de Saint-Georges’ Violin Concerto in G, Op. 2, No. 1 (with Ashley Horne, violin), and Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta. View here.
 
1:45 pm ET: IDAGIO presents Budapest Festival Orchestra with Iván Fischer: Bridging Europe Festival. Each year, the Festival focuses on the culture of a different European country. In 2020, the Festival brings music from England, Wales and Scotland through the works of Haydn, Britten, and MacMillan. Britten’s Serenade is performed by tenor Andrew Staples and Zoltán Szoke, principal horn of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. The program also includes Haydn’s March for the Prince of Wales, Hob. VIII:3, his Symphony No. 104 in D, London, Hob. I:104, Britten’s Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Op. 33a, and James MacMillan’s Cumnock Fair. Tickets Euro 9.90 and view here for 48 hours.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Puccini’s Turandot. Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin; starring Christine Goerke, Eleonora Buratto, Yusif Eyvazov, and James Morris. From October 12, 2019. View here and for 24 hours.

7:30 pm ET: UNCSA School of Music presents Black Mountain Trio: Beethoven for Three. UNCSA continues its celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth as the Black Mountain Trio—pianist Dmitri Vorobiev, violinist Kevin Lawrence, and cellist Brooks Whitehouse—performs the composer’s two most consequential works of the genre: the mercurial Ghost Trio, Op. 70, No. 1, and the magnificent Archduke, Op. 97. Tickets free and view here.

8 pm ET: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra presents Season Opener. Louis Langrée opens the new season conducting the CSO in Jessie Montgomery’s Banner with the Catalyst Quartet, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with soprano Angel Blue, and Copland’s Suite from Appalachian Spring. View here

8 pm ET: Kennedy Center presents A Time to Sing: An Evening with Renée Fleming and Vanessa Williams. A livestream of first performance at the Kennedy Center since March. Featuring two of America’s most celebrated vocalists, the concert will be performed to an invited audience of 40 people and launches the On Stage at the Opera House series, designed to safely bring back live performing arts to the National Cultural Center. Tickets $15. View here and on demand through 2020. 

9 pm ET: St. Paul Chamber Orchestra presents Encore Broadcast: Beethoven, Mendelssohn & Montgomery. Jessie Montgomery's Banner, a piece that aims to answer the question “What does an anthem for the 21st century sound like in today’s multi-cultural environment?” is followed by Jeremy Denk playing Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto. The program closes with Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony. View here and repeated September 27 at 3 pm ET.

Sunday, September 27

6:30 am ET: Wigmore Hall presents Gautier Capuçon & Frank Braley. In an all-Beethoven program, the cellist and pianist play the composer’s Variations on See the conqu'ring hero come's from Handel's Judas Maccabaeus WoO. 45, his Cello Sonata in F Op. 5 No. 1, the Variations in F on Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen from Mozart's Die Zauberflöte Op. 66, and the Cello Sonata in A Op. 69. View here. LIVE

11 am: English Chamber Orchestra presents Teatime Music: Mendelssohn’s Octet. Mendelssohn’s elegant Octet for eight string players is preceded by Borodin’s charming Sextet in a program that showcases the brilliance of the English Chamber Orchestra's principal string players. Tickets $13 and view here. LIVE

2 pm ET: Opernhaus Zürich presents Oper Für Alle: Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda. A weekend of free live opera streams where orchestra and choir will be broadcast live to the Opernhaus from an external rehearsal hall, in compliance with distancing regulations. Vocal soloists, meanwhile, will perform live on stage. Enrique Mazzola conducts David Alden’s production, which stars Diana Damrau as Mary, Queen of Scots and Salome Jicia as Queen Elizabeth I. View here and for 48 hours. LIVE

2:30 pm ET: Wigmore Hall presents Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon & Frank Braley. The Capuçon brothers and Braley take on three works by Beethoven: two of his greatest piano trios, including the Archduke, and a substantial set of variations on a song from the forgotten Wenzel Müller’s once-popular opera, Die Schwestern von Prag. View here. LIVE

7:30 pm ET: Met Opera Streams presents Puccini’s La Bohème. Conducted by Nicola Luisotti; starring Angela Gheorghiu, Ainhoa Arteta, Ramón Vargas, Ludovic Tézier, Quinn Kelsey, Oren Gradus, and Paul Plishka. From April 5, 2008. View here and for 24 hours.

Monday, September 28

8 am ET: Wigmore Hall presents Carducci String Quartet. The nickname for Haydn’s Op. 33 No. 2—The Joke—comes from the composer wrong-footing his audience, especially in its sequence of false endings. The Carducci String Quartet combine it with Shostakovich’s Ninth String Quartet, influenced by the famous gallop from Rossini’s William Tell Overture. View here. LIVE

1 pm ET: Church of Trinity Wall Street presents Comfort at One. From January 2016: The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra performed Bach’s Preise dein Glücke, gesegnetes Sachsen, BWV 215, and the movements Sanctus, Osanna and Dona nobis pacem from his Mass in B minor, with featured soloists Andrew Fuchs, Christopher Dylan Herbert and Sarah Brailey. View here.

2:30 pm ET: Wigmore Hall presents Angela Hewitt. The Canadian pianist plays The Art of Fugue. Left incomplete on his death, Bach’s vast contrapuntal work stands not only as a monument to his extraordinary abilities in this field but also to his determination to create an exemplar for others to follow. View here. LIVE

7:30 pm ET: Met Opera Streams presents Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. Starring Amanda Majeski, Marlis Petersen, Isabel Leonard, Peter Mattei, and Ildar Abdrazakov, conducted by James Levine. From October 18, 2014. View here and for 24 hours. 

Artists and Organizations Offering Free Content

The following are all accessible during the coronavirus pandemic:

Academy of Ancient Music
The most listened-to period instrument ensemble, directed by Richard Egarr, has made a number of streams available on its website. Guest artists include Louise Alder, soprano, Nicola Benedetti, violin, Mary Bevan, soprano, David Blackadder, trumpet, Iestyn Davies, countertenor, Tim Mead, countertenor, Christopher Purvis, bass, and Tenebrae, directed by Nigel Short. Explore here.

American Composer’s Orchestra
For volume 3 of Connecting ACO Community (August 2 - October 4, 2020), the orchestra commissioned seven short works for solo instrument or voice. Each composer was offered $500 to write the work, and each performer was offered $500 to perform the work, with the rights to stream for six months. Recorded sessions are available here.

American Opera Project
American Opera Project presents Opera Comes Home, three world premiere English-language productions. As One is a chamber opera by composer Laura Kaminsky, librettist Mark Campbell and librettist/filmmaker Kimberly Reed in which two voices trace a transgender protagonist from her youth in a small town to Norway. Three Way, with music by Robert Paterson and libretto by David Cote, is an opera on the present and future of sex and love. Harriet Tubman, with music and libretto by Nkeiru Okoye, tells how a young girl born in slavery becomes Harriet Tubman, the legendary Underground Railroad conductor. View here.

American Symphony Orchestra
American Symphony Orchestra releases weekly recordings from its archives with content alternating between live video recordings of SummerScape operas and audio recordings from previous ASO concerts. Ethel Smyth’s The Wreckers, Richard Strauss’s Die Liebe aus Danae, and Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane, all conducted by Leon Botstein, are all highly recommended and available now.

Apollo’s Fire: Music for the Soul
The Cleveland-based baroque orchestra founded by Artistic Director Jeannette Sorrell is offering a series of video streams entitled “Music for the Soul.” New episodes are posted here.
 
Australian Chamber Orchestra
ACO Home Casts are curated by Artistic Director Richard Tognetti with an emphasis on content that reflects the ACO’s artistry, dynamism, and sense of adventure. Musicians have been equipped with a mini in-home studio and training, enabling them to record, produce, and broadcast directly from their homes. This includes full-length ACO concerts broadcast as Facebook Watch Parties hosted by an ACO musician, intimate solo performances filmed live from musicians’ homes, and “Ask-Me-Anything” Instagram interviews. Each week’s schedule is announced Monday mornings here.
 
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
BSO musicians are putting live-streamed concerts on the orchestra’s Facebook page on Wednesday and Sunday nights “for the near future.”
 
Bard SummerScape & Fisher Center
Archival works highlight Bard’s wealth and breadth of programming, including performances from its SummerScape Opera and BMF archives. Recent include Bard SummerScape’s 2011 production of Strauss’s rarely performed Die Liebe der Danae and last year’s Daniel Fish directed staging of Michael Gordon’s Acquanetta. More details here.
 
NEW: Lisa Bielawa’s Voters’ Broadcast
A participatory performance for unlimited voices and instruments. The work is directed, conceived and composed by Lisa Bielawa, with text excerpted from Sheryl Oring’s I Wish to Say. Voters’ Broadcast will be premiered in three virtual events hosted by the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Kaufman Music Center in New York on September 30, October 14, and October 28, and one day of outdoor performances presented by Kaufman Music Center and Brooklyn Public Library on October 24 at 11 am, 12:30 pm, and 2 pm. Bielawa’s mission is to stimulate voter engagement, political awareness, and community participation through the act of giving voice to the concerns of fellow citizens during the lead-up to the 2020 Presidential election. All events are free and open to the public. See here for updates.

Budapest Festival Orchestra Quarantine Soirées
Hungarian conductor Ivan Fischer has created a new concert series in response to the worldwide musical shutdown. The Quarantine Soirées are LIVE and free to view online. Visit here for details of upcoming concerts.
 
NEW: Carnegie Hall
More than 200 teen musicians hailing from 41 states across the US came together in July 2020 as an online virtual community to form three musical ensembles: the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), NYO2, and NYO Jazz. All three ensembles recorded exuberant virtual performance videos during the residency, directed by Emmy Award-winner Habib Azar. The first four videos—Valerie Coleman’s Umoja by the musicians of NYO-USA; a unique adaptation of Grieg’s Morning Mood by NYO2; and Thad Jones’s Cherry Juice and Wycliffe Gordon’s We’re Still Here by NYO Jazz—are now available for viewing. Explore here.
 
The Cleveland Orchestra
The Cleveland Orchestra is offering archival videos, daily Mindful Music Moments videos, and videos from musicians performing from home. Explore here.
 
NEW: Cliburn Kids
The Cliburn launches its expanded, robust online music education program for elementary-school students. Created as a resource for school districts, teachers, and parents, the initiative includes 27 lesson plans to date, each with a seven- to ten-minute video, and corresponding individual and class activities that meet objectives of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). New episodes and lesson plans are released every Tuesday of the 2020–2021 school year for a total of more than 50 by May 2021. Explore here.
 
Daniel Hope
In Hope@Home on Tour, British violinist Daniel Hope took his livestreamed TV series out of his Berlin living room and on the road. The 27 half-hour episodes of live musical performance and conversation in English, all professionally produced for the German/French ARTE TV network, were filmed at a succession of visually compelling locations, many of which are not open to the public. All episodes have now been archived until October 31 in the ARTE Media Library here.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has made its webcast archive available for free. The collection features 200+ works going back three years, and highlights include Leonard Slatkin conducting John Luther Adams’s climate change-inspired Become Ocean from 2019, several world premieres, and a host of bite-sized encores. Explore here.
 
Deutsche Grammophon Yellow Lounge
The German classical music giant is streaming Yellow Lounge broadcasts from its archives. Recent additions include clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer, pianists Alice Sara Ott and Chihiro Yamanaka, and cellist Mischa Maisky. Performances are broadcast in rotation, one video at a time, adding a new performance every few days. DG communicates the start of each new performance by newsletter at the start of each week. To keep updated sign up here.
 
Finnish National Opera
Finnish National Opera presents Stage24, a series of streamed archived performances on its website, which are then available for the next six months. Recent content includes a staged version of Sibelius’s Kullervo, Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Caspar Holten’s staging of Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer with Camilla Nylund, and Christoff Loy’s Tosca. An excellent company and some interesting and original work worth investigating ** Explore here.
 
Handel and Haydn Society
Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society has created the H+H Listening Room where you can hear and watch H+H performances including Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas filmed at New York’s Met Museum. There are also more than a dozen videos of musicians performing from their homes, a special video of principal flutist Emi Ferguson teaching people how to make their own baroque flute, and a new podcast called “Tuning In”. In the first episode Principal Cellist Guy Fishman interviews Artistic Director Harry Christophers about Bach's St. Matthew Passion. Explore here.
 
Kennedy Center
The Kennedy Center is offering a free, live digital performance initiative, Couch Concerts, to help inspire, uplift, heal, and bring the performing arts into homes across the country and around the world during these difficult times. Couch Concerts stream direct from artists’ homes on the Kennedy Center website. Audiences can discover a wide range of other at-home programming through the Kennedy Center at Home webpage.
 
La Scala/RAI
Italy’s RAI presents five productions from La Scala Milan including the world premiere of Kurtág’s Fin de Partie, Daniel Barenboim conducting Götterdämmerung, Lisette Oropesa in Verdi’s I Masnadieri, Montedervi’s Orfeo conducted by Rinaldo Alessandrini, and Les Vêpres Siciliennes conducted by Daniele Gatti. A wide range of concerts are also available. Explore and register here.

Les Arts Florissants
Les Arts Florissants’s annual Festival in Thiré, France included a series of 10- to 15-minute “Meditation” concerts recorded earlier this summer. Now available to enjoy online, the Meditations include performances by students of Juilliard’s Historical Performance program in the spirit of their annual participation in the Festival. View here.

Lincoln Center
From the archives of Lincoln Center’s resident organizations comes a trove of video, including rarely seen footage from decades of Live from Lincoln Center, more recent performances from across campus, and live streams wherever performances are still happening. Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom broadcasts on Facebook Live every weekday at 10 am ET and is led by some of the world’s best artists and educators. #ConcertsForKids teams up with top artists to bring world-class performances and diverse musical perspectives from their homes to yours. Explore here.
 
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
LACO AT HOME offers streaming and on demand performances, including a full showing of the orchestra’s critically acclaimed West Coast premiere of Dark with Excessive Bright for double bass and strings by LACO Artist-in-Residence Missy Mazzoli. View streaming here and on demand here.
 
Los Angeles Master Chorale
Videos recorded as part of the “Offstage with the Los Angeles Master Chorale” series from April 24 to June 19 included interviews conducted by Artistic Director Grant Gershon and Associate Conductor Jenny Wong with notable performers—including special guests Reena Esmail, Morten Lauridsen, Anna Schubert, Peter Sellars, Derrick Spiva—as well as Master Chorale singers. Available on demand here.

Mark Morris Dance Group
The third and last collection of the MMDG online series—Solo Works, 1984-2000—includes solo pieces choreographed between 1984 and 2000, two performed by Mark Morris and two by other company members. All the recordings are preceded by introductions by Morris. Featured dances include Offertorium (1988, performed in 1988 at Get Down!), Peccadillos (2000, performed by Joe Bowie at Jacob’s Pillow in 2006), Greek to Me (1998, performed by Mark Morris at the New Victory Theater in 2000), and O Rangasayee (1984, performed by Dallas McMurray at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival in 2016). Explore here until September 30.
 
Metropolitan Opera Free Student Streams
Students and teachers worldwide can draw from the Met’s online library of operas and curricular materials plus new conversations with Met artists and educators. Resource materials will be made available weekly via the Met website starting on Mondays at 10 am ET, including extensive background information; activities to help students engage before, during, and after the performance stream; illustrated synopses; coloring pages; and audio clips. On Wednesdays at 5 pm ET, each week’s performance will be made available for streaming on the Met website, where it will remain for 48 hours. An hour before each performance stream, students from around the world will have the opportunity to interact directly with a singer or member of the creative team on Zoom. More information here.
 
Minnesota Orchestra
Minnesota Orchestra at Home shares video, audio, and educational materials through the categories of Watch, Listen and Learn, including videos from the orchestra’s archives and newly created “mini-concerts” directly from the homes of Orchestra musicians. Explore and view here.
 
National Sawdust Digital Discovery Festival, Volume One
With more than 65 events, featuring over 100 artists premiering in a four-month span, National Sawdust Digital Discovery Festival: Volume One was a bright spot in NYC's post-COVID live music world. Featuring post-COVID performances from Robert Wilson, Julian Lage, Tyondai Braxton, Emel Mathlouthi, Matthew Whitaker, Dan Tepfer, Ashley Bathgate, Emily Wells, Brooklyn Rider, Joel Ross, Conrad Tao, Andrew Yee, and Lucy Dhegrae, and recently recorded Masterclasses with Tania León, Ted Hearne, Vijay Iyer, Jamie Barton, Lawrence Brownlee, Trimpin, and Lara St. John. Archival performances include David Byrne, Lara Downes and Rhiannon Giddens, and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Explore here.
 
New World Symphony
The New World Symphony presents a web-based series called NWS Archive+. Michael Tilson Thomas moderates discussions with NWS Fellows, alumni, guest artists, and visiting faculty about archived recordings. Performances will be available here. NWS Fellows also play live, informal chamber music concerts from their homes in Miami Beach and broadcast via Facebook Live. In addition, the NWS online archive contains master classes, tutorials and town halls, which can be found here. Finally, for the past 10 years, the Fellows have performed one-hour concerts for local school children. These concerts and preparatory material will be available free to students and parents. NWS Educational concerts can be found here.
 
Opera Australia
OA | TV: Opera Australia on Demand is the Sydney-based company’s new digital space. Alongside the world’s largest collection of Dame Joan Sutherland on video, OA will offer exclusive content from the OA back catalogue, productions from Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, and a new series of chat show-style interviews conducted by AD Lyddon Terracini. The first posted full show is Sutherland in The Merry Widow, and the fileted aria’s in the section labelled “The Best of Dame Joan Sutherland” are even better. ** View here.
 
Opéra National de Paris
The Palais Garnier and Bastille Opera have made their digital stage, “The 3e Scène,” free. The platform is a pure place of artistic adventure and exploration, giving free rein to photographers, filmmakers, writers, illustrators, visual artists, composers, and choreographers to create original works. Visit here. Some of Opéra National de Paris’s productions are accessible on the company’s Facebook Page. In addition, Octave, the Paris Opera’s online magazine, is posting articles, videos, and interviews here.
 
Opera North
One of Britain’s most respected smaller opera companies, Opera North has put its acclaimed semi-staged concerts of Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle online. “Beg, borrow, or be like Wotan and steal a ticket for this show,” said the UK’s Times of Das Rheingold. “You’d be lucky to hear as good at Bayreuth,” said The Telegraph of Die Walküre. Richard Farnes proves a seriously impressive Wagner conductor. Watch here.
 
OperaVision
OperaVision offers livestreams of operas available for free and online for six months. Previous offerings include Barrie Kosky’s visually spectacular Moses und Aron, David McVicar’s superb Die Entführung aus dem Serail from Glyndebourne, and Deborah Warner’s thoughtful Death in Venice for English National Opera. View upcoming and past content here. **

Orli Shaham Bach Yard Playdates
Pianist Orli Shaham brings her acclaimed interactive concert series for kids to the internet. Bach Yard Playdates introduces musical concepts, instruments, and the experience of concert-going to a global audience of children and their families. A number of 10-minute episodes are already available for on-demand streaming. Programs and performances range from Bach’s Two-Part Invention to Steve Reich’s Clapping Music. Explore here.
 
The Sixteen
The Sixteen and founder Harry Christophers launched Quarantine with The Sixteen, a regular schedule of digital content. The Sixteen Virtual Choir’s performance of Sheppard’s Libera nos involved each part being recorded at each singer’s home. Other features include: Choral Chihuahua, a podcast by The Sixteen and I Fagiolini; Stay at Home Choir performing Sir James MacMillan’s O Radiant Dawn; Archive performances, including MacMillan’s Stabat Mater performed in the Sistine Chapel and Bach’s St Matthew Passion with Streetwise Opera; Recipes for isolation; Video diaries providing insight into daily lives during lockdown; Weekly playlists. Explore here.

Token Creek Chamber Music Festival
Under the artistic direction of composer John Harbison and violinist Rose Mary Harbison, this annual summer series (September 1 to 15) offers a two-week virtual season of compilations from 30 years of performances.  Archival programs from the “Music from the Barn” series highlight the wealth and breadth of festival programming. Among the many artists represented are the late Lorraine Hunt Lieberson and pianists Robert Levin, Christopher Taylor, and Leonard Stein. New programs are posted daily at 5 pm ET and will remain throughout September. Explore here.
 
Trinity Wall Street
New York’s Trinity Church Wall Street introduces daily weekday “Comfort at One” (1 pm ET) streaming performances on Facebook with full videos posted here. Tune in for encore performances of favorite Trinity concerts, professionally filmed in HD, along with current at-home performances from Trinity’s extended artistic family.
 
Tulsa Opera
Tulsa Opera has launched its Staying Alive web series, which includes virtual performances of opera, popular music, and musical theater, directly from guest artists’ homes. Each week, the series features artists from around the world, including artists that have been recently heard on the Tulsa Opera stage or would have been heard in the company’s new production of Tobias Picker’s Emmeline, cancelled due to the pandemic. New content appears every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2 pm CT. Explore here.
 
Voices of Ascension
New York choir Voices of Ascension, which celebrates its 30th anniversary next season, is posting a daily offering of choral beauty on its website. Music is chosen by staff, members of the chorus and orchestra, and listeners. View here.
 
Warsaw Philharmonic
The Warsaw Philharmonic has made a selection of video recordings available on its YouTube channel. Recent offerings include Saint-Saëns’s Organ Symphony and Arvo Pärt’s Swansong conducted by Artistic Director Andrzej Boreyko, as well as rarities by Polish composers like Grazyna Bacewicz. It’s an excellent orchestra very much in the Eastern European tradition and concerts have been master edited for posting online.

Shai Wosner’s Diabelli Variations Project
Starting Tuesday, September 8, Shai Wosner begins on a month-long journey through Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations. Beginning with the work’s famous theme—a waltz by Anton Diabelli—Wosner performs and provides insight into one variation per day until he has completed all 33. View here. 

Paid Digital Arts Services

Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall
The BPO Digital Concert Hall contains over 600 orchestra concerts covering more than ten years, including 15 concerts with the orchestra’s new Chief Conductor Kirill Petrenko, interviews, backstage footage.
 
Medici TV
Thousands of classical music videos are available by subscription, as well as hundreds of events that are broadcast live for free each year, available for 90 days. Subscriptions cost $83.85 per year. www.medici.tv
 
Archived Recent Performances
The following broadcast events have occurred since the start of the COVID-19 crisis and are still available for viewing:
 
March 12
The Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin performed BeethovenNOW: Symphonies 5 & 6 as well as Iman Habibi’s Jeder Baum Spricht to an empty Verizon Hall for live broadcast. An outstanding concert captured in excellent visuals and sound. www.philorch.org/live
 
Miller Theater’s Bach Collection was performed live for a virtual audience. The program included Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (arr. Hess), Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor, BWV 1060 (arr. Fischer), Chorale Prelude Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 (arr. Busoni), and Cantata Ich habe genug, BWV 82, with Kady Evanyshyn, mezzo-soprano, Rebecca Fischer, violin, Alecia Lawyer, oboe, Simone Dinnerstein, piano, Baroklyn. View here.
 
March 14
Canadian pianist Garrick Ohlsson played an impressive selection of works by Beethoven, Prokofiev (the Sixth Sonata), and Chopin to an empty house at New York’s 92nd Street Y. View here.
 
March 16
In front of an empty auditorium (very visible thanks to excellent camerawork) Melbourne Symphony Orchestra was conducted by Forth Worth Symphony Music Director Miguel Harth Bedoya in dynamic performances of Bloch's Schelomo with soloist Timo-Veikko Valve, and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. Available here.
 
March 26
92nd St. Y presents Jonathan Biss playing Beethoven’s last three piano sonatas. Written, as Beethoven said, “in a single breath,” these pieces represent the apotheosis of his piano writing, showing his mastery of the variation form (in Op. 109), his expertise in the forms of the musical past (the fugue, in Op. 110), and an ability to be cutting-edge (considering Op. 111 as a whole, but especially the famous ‘boogie woogie’ moments in the second movement). Available here.
 
April 10
Handel’s Messiah with The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square and soloists Amanda Woodbury, Tamara Mumford, Tyler Nelson, and Tyler Simpson. Recorded in 2018 but archived for a rainy day such as this. Available here.
 
April 10
Bach's St. John Passion, performed by Bach Collegium Japan conducted by Masaaki Suzuki from the Cologne Philharmonic. View here.
 
April 14
92nd St Y presents Marc-André Hamelin who streamed a characteristically elegant program from his home, with the timely inclusion of Liszt's Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude. The repertoire also included C. P. E. Bach, Enescu, Fauré, Scriabin, and six selections from Debussy's Preludes, Book II. View here.
 
May 8
The Berliner Philharmoniker’s European Concert. In order to comply with social distancing rules and hygiene requirements Kirill Petrenko conducts the orchestra in chamber music formation from the empty Philharmonie Berlin. Federal President Steinmeier to deliver opening address. Program: Pärt’s Fratres, Ligeti’s Ramifications, Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 (arrangement for chamber ensemble by Erwin Stein) with Christiane Karg, soprano. Subscribe or trial for free and view in the Digital Concert Hall.

June 28
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra presented MTT25: An Online Tribute for Michael Tilson Thomas. Hosted by famed vocalists Audra McDonald and Susan Graham, the event featured contributions and tributes by musicians of the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus, an array of distinguished guest artists, and many surprises. View here.

June 30
Live At Carnegie Hall presented Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov discussing his career with fellow pianists Emanuel Ax and Sergei Babayan and the venue’s Executive and Artistic Director Sir Clive Gillinson. Interspersed with excerpts from Trifonov’s performances, one newly recorded at home and others previously captured at Carnegie Hall. On demand here.
**Highly recommended
 

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