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MA's Free Guide to Mostly Free Streams, July 27 - August 3

July 27, 2020 | By Clive Paget, Musical America

We will be updating this list weekly. Please note that all times are given in U.S. Eastern Time (ET). To calculate in other time zones or counties, British Summer Time (BST) is currently five hours ahead of ET and Central European Time (CET) is currently six hours ahead. U.S. Central Daylight Time (CDT) is one hour behind ET. Mountain Time (MT) is two hours behind ET, while Pacific Time (PT) is three hours behind. Contact editor@musicalamerica.com.

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Monday, July 27

1 pm ET: Church of Trinity Wall Street presents Comfort at One. From March 2017: Members of The Choir of Trinity Wall Street join New York Baroque Incorporated and organist Avi Stein for works by Bach, Buxtehude and Heinichen in the “Bach at One: Law” series. View here.

1 pm ET: Verbier Festival presents Mikhaïl Pletnev. The son of two musicians, Mikhail Pletnev won First Prize at the VI International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1978. Pletnev is also a renowned conductor and has excelled in both roles over the years at Verbier, collaborating with artists like Janine Jansen and Gábor Takács-Nagy. View here.

2 pm ET: Gramophone Magazine presents Orchestra of the Year 2020. The classical music magazine streams concerts by this year’s ten finalists. This episode features the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo (Japan) conducted by Paavo Järvi in Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2. View here and for 23 hours.

3 pm ET: Music@Menlo presents Artists Up Close: Anthony McGill [pictured]. Patrick Castillo talks with New York Philharmonic principal clarinetist Anthony McGill, before streaming Anthony’s 2014 Music@Menlo performance of Beethoven’s Quintet in E-flat for Winds and Piano, Op. 16, (Allegro). View here. LIVE

7:30 pm ET: Met Opera Streams presents Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. Starring Natalie Dessay, Joseph Calleja, Ludovic Tézier, and Kwangchul Youn, conducted by Patrick Summers. From March 19, 2011. View here and for 24 hours.

8 pm ET: Tanglewood Online Festival presents Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra Encore Performances. Titans of Tanglewood. Leonard Bernstein was a member of the Tanglewood inaugural class of 1940 with Aaron Copland as TMC’s Head of Faculty. The Meditations from Bernstein’s Mass feature another Tanglewood icon: cellist Yo-Yo Ma. John Williams conducted the Boston Pops for over a decade. Highwood’s Ghost—a BSO commission in honor of Bernstein’s 100th birthday—again features Ma. Copland’s Symphony No. 3 was the final work Bernstein conducted with the TMC Orchestra in 1990. Register free and view here.

8:30 pm ET: Sun Valley Music Festival presents Opening Concert. Program: Massenet’s Méditation from Thaïs with Juliana Athayde, violin and Orion Weiss, piano (Recorded in Rochester), Bizet’s Suite from Carmen with Houston Symphony horns Jesse Clevenger, Ian Mayton, Brian Thomas, and William VerMeulen (Recorded in Houston), and Beethoven’s Finale from Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67. The Festival Orchestra will be conducted by Alasdair Neale (Recorded in San Francisco Conservatory and locations across North America). View here.

Tuesday, July 28

1 pm ET: OperaVision presents Avner Dorman’s Wahnfried. Recorded in 2017. An entomologist in search of a calling finds it in Wagner’s music and nascent race theory. As he marries into Wagner’s family and erects a nationalistic image of the composer, Wagner’s ghost haunts him: has he understood the great artist at all? Wahnfried examines the political instrumentalization of Wagner's work by his heirs. The Staatstheater Karlsruhe commissioned the opera from Israeli-American composer Avner Dorman. With conductor Justin Brown and direction by Keith Warner. A finalist at the 2018 International Opera Awards 2018, Dorman’s opera is a fascinating look at the turbulent history of the Wagner family in the 20th century. View here and on demand for three months. **

1 pm ET: Verbier Festival presents Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra. Led by Gábor Takács-Nagy since its founding, the VFCO comprises former members of the Verbier Festival Orchestra and performs in concert halls around th world. View here.

2 pm ET: Gramophone Magazine presents Orchestra of the Year 2020. The classical music magazine streams concerts by this year’s ten finalists. This episode features the Philadelphia Orchestra (USA) conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin in Habibi’s Jeder Baum spricht and Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6. View here and for 23 hours.

2 pm ET: European Concert Hall Organization presents Müpa Budapest. “Contemporary Romantics 2.0” comprises János Vajda’s Cello Concerto, Roland Szentpáli’s Orpheus Ballet, and Károly Binder’s Piano Concerto. With the Dohnányi Orchestra Budafok, Feledi Project, Students of the Hungarian Dance Academy, Gábor Hollerung, conductor, Ditta Rohmann, cello, Károly Binder, piano, Tibor Fónay, bass guitar, and Ákos Benkó, drums. View here and on demand.

6 pm ET: National Sawdust presents Julian Lage. The guitarist has spent more than a decade searching through American musical history via impeccable technique, free association and a spirit of infinite possibility. The New York-based musician boasts a prolific résumé as sideman (alongside such icons as Gary Burton and John Zorn), duo partner (with Nels Cline, Chris Eldridge and Fred Hersch, among others), and as soloist and bandleader. View here. LIVE

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Puccini’s Tosca. Starring Karita Mattila, Marcelo Álvarez, and George Gagnidze, conducted by Joseph Colaneri.  From October 10, 2009. View here and for 24 hours.

8:30 pm ET: Sun Valley Music Festival presents French Elegance, German Passion. Milana Elise Reiche and Rebecca Corruccini play Jean-Marie Leclair’s Sonata in E Minor for Two Violins. Beethoven’s music inhabits the opposite end of the emotional spectrum, and nowhere is his temperament more apparent than in the turbulent Appassionata Sonata. American pianist Orion Weiss explores Beethoven’s dark night of the soul. View here. LIVE

9 pm ET: Isaac Stern International Violin Competition presents Nancy Zhou. To celebrate Isaac Stern's centenary, 2018 Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition winner, Nancy Zhou, will play a special concert from New York. Zhou will be joined by pianist Zhen Chen in a program including short pieces by Gershwin, Bartók, William Grant Still, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Arthur Benjamin, and Chen Yi to celebrate the music of different styles and cultures. View here.

Wednesday, July 29

1 pm ET: Verbier Festival presents Leonidas Kavakos. Leonidas Kavakos burst on the scene as a teenage virtuoso and, since 2007, has taken part in the Verbier Festival: through exhilarating solo performances, chamber music concerts, and collaborations with the biggest names in music. View here.

1 pm ET: Church of Trinity Wall Street presents Comfort at One. From March 2019: Countertenor John Holiday sings the role of Joachim in Handel’s oratorio Susanna with The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Julian Wachner. View here.

2 pm ET: Gramophone Magazine presents Orchestra of the Year 2020. The classical music magazine streams concerts by this year’s ten finalists. This episode features the Los Angeles Philharmonic (USA) conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. Program to be confirmed. View here and for 23 hours.

7 pm ET: Boston Landmarks Orchestra presents Dances and Delights. Black and Latinx composers have played a central role in defining the sound of American music. Boston Landmarks Orchestra, conductor Christopher Wilkins, and guests Castle of our Skins and violinist Gabriela Díaz perform Aldemaro Romero’s Fuga con Pajarillo, David Baker’s Roots II: Boogie Woogie, Florence Price’s “Clementine” and “Shortnin’ Bread” from Five Folksongs in Counterpoint, Michael Abels’s Delights and Dances, and Piazzolla Spring and Summer from The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. The concert will be streamed from Roslindale with socially distanced ensembles wearing masks as their instruments allow. View here. LIVE

7 pm ET: Piano Cleveland presents Virtu(al)oso Opening Ceremony. Hosted by Zsolt Bognar, creator of the video series Living the Classical Life and Piano Cleveland President Yaron Kohlberg. Introducing the contestants with well-wishes from pianists, music leaders, and celebrities around the world. The ceremony will also feature a special performance by Israeli pianist Omri Mor. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Verdi’s Rigoletto (Classic Telecast). Starring Ileana Cotrubas, Plácido Domingo, and Cornell MacNeil, conducted by James Levine. From November 7, 1977. View here and for 24 hours.

7:30 pm ET: Kent Blossom Music Festival presents Festival Faculty and Young Artists. The Emerson String Quartet and cellist Jerry Grossman are among the artists playing music by Reinecke, Granados, Cassadó, Piazzolla, and Ravel as well as Beethoven’s Sextet and Schubert’s String Quintet in C, D. 956.View here. LIVE

8 pm ET: Tanglewood Online Festival presents Recitals from the World Stage: Silkroad with Rhiannon Giddens. Hosted by Karen Allen. Recorded Tanglewood. Silkroad artists Maeve Gilchrist, Kevork Mourad, Edward Perez, and Kaoru Watanabe create works highlighting their individual artistry and collaborative spontaneity, performing on instruments from Celtic harp to Japanese shakuhachi. The concert features two world premieres and includes archival footage from a 2012 Silkroad Ensemble performance at Tanglewood. Cost of event: $8. View and purchase tickets here.

Thursday, July 30

12 pm ET: New York City Center Live @ Home presents Studio 5 | Great American Ballerinas. NYCB principal dancer Sara Mearns is one of America’s foremost interpreters of the dual role of Odette-Odile in Swan Lake. She explores this classic role live alongside Georgian ballerina Nina Ananiashvili—a former principal dancer with Bolshoi Ballet and ABT—and considered “one of the twelve greatest ballerinas of all time” (Daily Telegraph).View here and on demand until August 5.

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 pm ET: LA Opera presents Living Room Recital: Latonia Moore. The Metropolitan Opera star partners with pianist Roberto Berrocal for the Letter Scene from Eugene Onegin, an aria from Puccini's little-known Edgar, and songs by Rachmaninov and the early 20th-century American composer Wintter Watts. View here and on demand. LIVE 

1 pm ET: Verbier Festival presents Festival Discoveries. A collection of unforgettable moments from over the years, featuring musicians like Hilary Hahn, David Garret, Edgar Moreau, George Li, Vilde Frang, Kit Armstrong, Kirill Troussov, David Kadouch, Daniel Lozakovich, and more. View here.

2 pm ET: Gramophone Magazine presents Orchestra of the Year 2020. The classical music magazine streams concerts by this year’s ten finalists. This episode features the Orchestre National de Lille (France) conducted by Alexandre Bloch in Mahler’s Symphony No 7. View here and for 23 hours.

2 pm ET: IDAGIO presents The King’s Singers. The British a cappella ensemble present a 60-minute concert entitled Back in Harmony, the first time the group has sung together in person since the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted their world tour. The performance, shot in high-definition with five cameras at Holy Trinity Church, in Chrishall, U.K., will feature music by Byrd, Tallis, and Bach as well as the debut of Judith Bingham’s 10-minute music drama Tricksters. Tickets 9.90 Euro, register and view here for 24 hours.

2 pm ET: Live with Carnegie Hall presents Judy Collins. Collins burst onto the scene in the 1960s and has not stopped since. Along with Shawn Colvin, Steve Earle, and Jimmy Webb, she leads a candid conversation about the larger community of singer-songwriters who continue to shape the musical landscape decades. Rounding out the afternoon, Alan Cumming joins Collins to discuss Stephen Sondheim, who penned “Send In the Clowns”—arguably the biggest hit of Collins’s career. View here. LIVE

3 pm ET: BBC Philharmonic presents The Music Room: Reflecting Beethoven. The third episode of this filmed in-conversation series hosted by Chief Conductor Omer Meir Wellber exploring Beethoven’s nine symphonies. Each episode reflects Beethoven through various, out-of-the-ordinary aspects portrayed by special guests such as Beethoven himself, Napoleon, Freud, Schindler, Schiller, Goethe, and the Immortal Beloved. The films also feature musicians from the BBC Philharmonic taking an informal look at Beethoven’s music as well as archive performances. View here.

6 pm ET: National Sawdust presents Sae Hashimoto. Versatile percussionist Sae Hashimoto, a rising star on the avant-garde scene, has premiered new works by John Zorn and performed with the New York Philharmonic and the Met Opera. The Juilliard graduate presents a program of contemporary works, including pieces by composers such as Edmund Campion, Pierre Jodliowski, and Christopher Deane. View here. LIVE

7 pm ET: 92Y Summer Concerts presents Colin and Eric Jacobsen of The Knights. Brothers Colin (violin) and Eric Jacobsen (cello) perform from their home in Brooklyn with the kind of ears wide open program that is their hallmark: Ravel’s 1920 sonata dedicated to the memory of Debussy, plus their own original music and pieces by Grammy Award-winning Irish-American singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan, inspired by and including select poetry by Walt Whitman. Tickets $10 and view here. LIVE

7 pm ET: Caramoor Festival presents Fourth Annual Chamber Feast. A sextet comprised entirely of program alums—violinists Tessa Lark and Paul Huang, violists Nicholas Cords and Zoë Martin-Doike, and cellists Edward Arron and Alexander Hersh—performs Mozart’s String Quintet in C minor, Shulamit Ran’s Lyre of Orpheus and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence. Tickets $10 (Caramoor Members receive complimentary access) and go on sale five days before show. More info here. LIVE

7 pm ET: Piano Cleveland presents Virtu(al)oso First Round, Session 1. Thirty pianists, selected by a screening jury to compete in two rounds of competitions, have been be pre-recorded from five Steinway locations across the globe including Cleveland, New York, London, Hamburg and Beijing. Here, five contestants perform a solo piano program of 20 minutes. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Verdi’s Il Trovatore. Starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Álvarez, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, conducted by Marco Armiliato. From April 30, 2011. View here and for 24 hours.

8 pm ET & 10 pm ET: Beth Morrison Projects presents Pssst… (A Digital Speakeasy). “Each time you walk through that door, it’s a new experience. You never know who you might run into, who might take the stage, who you might end up sitting next to at the bar.” Pssst... #2.  New bar, new director, new performers, new existence... still a secret. Go somewhere you've never been. Directed by Peabody Southwell. Strictly limited audience, tickets $20. More info here. LIVE

8:30 pm ET: Sun Valley Music Festival presents From Bach to Bernstein, and Beyond. A quintet of brass players kicks off a musical journey with music of the Renaissance. Amos Yang plays the last of Bach’s Cello Suites. Heading into the 1950s, Bernstein’s West Side Story gets the brass treatment. Violinist Leila Josefowicz comes up to date with an excerpt from Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Lachen Verlernt (Laughing Unlearnt). View here. LIVE

8:30 pm ET: Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival presents Miró Quartet’s Beethoven Cycle. Concert 7: String Quartet in E-flat, Op. 74, 'Harp', String Quartet in F minor, Op. 95, 'Serioso'. The Miró Quartet will stream live from their hometown of Austin, Texas with opportunities for members of the quartet to answer viewer questions. Tickets $20, or $120 for a full Festival pass. More info, purchase and view here. LIVE

9 pm ET: Bravo! Vail presents Schubert, Barber, Mendelssohn. Part of a reimagined season of outdoor concerts in the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Program: Schubert’s Sonata for Viola and Piano in A minor, D. 821, “Arpeggione” (Paul Neubauer, viola, Amy Yang, piano); Barber’s Adagio for String Quartet (Dover Quartet); Mendelssohn’s Octet for Four Violins, Two Violas and Two Cellos in E-flat major, Op. 20 (Dover Quartet, Oliver Neubauer, violin, Clara Neubauer, violin, Paul Neubauer, viola, Brook Speltz, cello). Register for link to view for free here.

9:30 pm ET: Colorado Music Festival presents Festival Finale. The 2020 Festival closes with two movements from Beethoven’s energetic Seventh Symphony, performed by members of the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, and performances by Festival Fellows the Ivalas Quartet and pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton. Register for free and view here.

10 pm ET: Seattle Opera Songs of Summer presents Vanessa Vasquez. The Colombian-American soprano’s program is entitled “Sweet Dreams: A Midnight Recital of Night and Cradle Songs.” Curated to soothe collective stress, it includes art songs by Richard Strauss, Schubert, Falla, Fauré, and Dvorák, plus a traditional American lullaby and “Ave Maria” from Verdi’s Otello. View here and on demand for two weeks. LIVE

Friday, July 31

3 am ET: Carnegie Hall Live & Medici.TV present Janine Jansen & Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Violinist Jansen, piano virtuoso Thibaudet, and the award-winning Dover Quartet light up Carnegie Hall with a concert of chamber music works by Grieg, Debussy, and Chausson. View here and available for 72 hours.

8 am ET: London Symphony Orchestra presents Live from LSO St Luke's. Program: Falla arr Kreisler Danse Espagnol from La Vida Breve, Tchaikovsky’s Melodie Op 42 No. 3, Lili Boulanger’s Cortège, Paganini’s Cantabile, CC White’s Levee Dance Op 27, Sarasate’s Jota Aragonesa Op 27 , and Wieniawski’s Polonaise in D, Op 4. With Carmine Lauri, violin and Francesca Lauri, piano. View here and on demand. LIVE

1 pm ET: National Sawdust presents Tanya León Masterclass. Hosted by vocalist Helga Davis and composer and National Sawdust co-founder Paola Prestini, León will discuss her influencing traditions and how she has incorporated her varied personal and political experiences into her work. The event will include a listening session of León’s seminal 1999 work Horizons, as well as Hannah Ishizaki (violin) performing Aurelia, In Memoriam (1999) by composer T.J. Anderson. View here. LIVE 

1 pm ET: Verbier Festival presents Pianists of Verbier. A who’s-who of Verbier Festival pianists, among the finest names in the business, come together for this one-of-a-kind event curated for piano lovers. View here.

1 pm ET: OperaVision presents Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman. Recorded at Finnish National Opera in 2017. In Kasper Holten’s staging, an urban environment and the tempestuous world of the international art trade are underpinned by Wagner’s evocation of the power of love and the sea. Conductor: John Fiore, with Johan Reuter (The Dutchman), Camilla Nylund (Senta), Gregory Frank (Daland), Mika Pohjonen (Erik), Finnish National Opera Orchestra and Chorus. View here and on demand for six months.

2 pm ET: Gramophone Magazine presents Orchestra of the Year 2020. The classical music magazine streams concerts by this year’s ten finalists. This episode features the BBC Symphony Orchestra (UK) conducted by Sakari Oramo. Program to be confirmed. View here and for 23 hours.

2 pm ET: 92Y Summer Concerts presents Mahan Esfahani plays Bach. The star harpsichordist livestreams an all-Bach program from his home in Prague, demonstrating the extraordinary color, phrasing and vitality that can be brought out of this instrument. Program: Selected Three-Part Inventions (Sinfonias), BWV 787-801, French Suite No. 3. In D Minor, BWV 812, Partita No. 6 in E Minor, BWV 827, Italian Concerto in F, BWV 971. Tickets $10 and view here. LIVE

2 pm ET: Orchestre Métropolitain presents Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 2 and 4. The Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Deutsche Grammophon stream Beethoven’s first eight symphonies. Recorded at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts with cutting-edge sound and vision, over 50 musicians will join forces to celebrate the composer’s 250th birthday. Tickets 9.90 Euros here and on demand for 48 hours.

7 pm ET: Rockport Music presents Concert Window: Grisha Goryachev. Goryachev is one of very few guitarists in the world who is reviving the tradition of solo flamenco guitar in a concert setting that was practiced by legendary flamenco masters such as Ramón Montoya and Sabicas. Instead of merely copying, he creates his own interpretations of these masterpieces, using dynamics and tone colors usually associated with classical guitar. View here. LIVE

7 pm ET: Piano Cleveland presents Virtu(al)oso First Round, Session 2. Thirty pianists, selected by a screening jury to compete in two rounds of competitions, have been be pre-recorded from five Steinway locations across the globe including Cleveland, New York, London, Hamburg and Beijing. Here, five contestants perform a solo piano program of 20 minutes. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Dvorák’s Rusalka. Starring Kristine Opolais, Katarina Dalayman, Jamie Barton, Brandon Jovanovich, and Eric Owens, conducted by Mark Elder. From February 25, 2017. View here until 12 pm ET August 1.

7:30 pm ET: Festival de Lanaudière presents Ravel & Debussy with the OSM. Various shades of color and sophisticated orchestration come together in the music of Ravel and Debussy. The Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and Kent Nagano present Debussy’s Prélude à l’Après-midi d’un Faune, La Mer, Claire de Lune; Ravel’s Rhapsodie Espagnole, Gaspard de la Nuit, La Valse. Recorded August 8, 2014. Register free and view here.

8 pm ET: Tanglewood Online Festival presents BSO Musicians in Recital from Tanglewood. Hosted by Lauren Ambrose. Three BSO violists perform 20th-century masterworks. Rebecca Clarke’s and Paul Hindemith’s sonatas date from 1919. American composer-conductor Ulysses Kay’s musical voice has roots deep in the American experience. He wrote his Sonatine for Viola and Piano in 1939. Berio’s Naturale creates a remarkable landscape for viola and percussion evoking Italian folk song and incorporating pre-recorded Sicilian street cries. Cost of event: $5. View and purchase tickets here. LIVE

8 pm ET & 10 pm ET: Beth Morrison Projects presents Pssst… (A Digital Speakeasy). “Each time you walk through that door, it’s a new experience. You never know who you might run into, who might take the stage, who you might end up sitting next to at the bar.” Pssst... #2.  New bar, new director, new performers, new existence... still a secret. Go somewhere you've never been. Directed by Peabody Southwell. Strictly limited audience, tickets $20. More info here. LIVE

8:30 pm ET: Sun Valley Music Festival presents Beethoven’s Archduke. Kristin Ahlstrom, Bjorn Ranheim, and Peter Henderson play Beethoven’s Piano Trio in B-flat, better known as the “Archduke”. The work’s first performances with the increasingly deaf composer, accompanied by Ignaz Schuppanzigh on violin and Josef Linke on cello, would mark Beethoven’s last public appearance as a pianist. View here. LIVE

8:30 pm ET: Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival presents Miró Quartet’s Beethoven Cycle. Concert 8: String Quartet in E-flat, Op. 127. The Miró Quartet will stream live from their hometown of Austin, Texas with opportunities for members of the quartet to answer viewer questions. Tickets $20, or $120 for a full Festival pass. More info, purchase and view here. LIVE

Saturday, August 1

1 pm ET: The Metropolitan Opera presents Renée Fleming. In the second of a 12-part series, the star soprano and pianist Robert Ainsley perform a recital live from the Dumbarton Oaks Museum in Washington, D.C. The program will include “Endless pleasure, endless love” from Handel’s Semele, Canteloube’s “Baïlèro”, “Adieu, notre petite table” from Massenet’s Manon, “Da geht er hin” from Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, “Glück das mir verblieb” from Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt, and “Over the Rainbow”. Shot with multiple cameras, the concert will be linked by satellite to New York City where it will be hosted by soprano Christine Goerke. Pay-per-view tickets are $20 and available here. The concert can be viewed for 12 days. LIVE

1 pm ET: Verbier Festival presents Misha Maisky. Maisky has been a favorite of the Verbier Festival since its inception in 1994 when he invited his six-year-old daughter to play encores with her father. As a chamber partner, he plays frequently with Martha Argerich, another Verbier favorite. View here.

2 pm ET: Gramophone Magazine presents Orchestra of the Year 2020. The classical music magazine streams concerts by this year’s ten finalists. This episode features MusicAeterna (Russia) conducted by Teodor Currentzis in “Medieval to modern”—a journey curated by Currentzis himself. View here and for 23 hours.

2 pm ET: VOCES8 presents Live From London: After Silence. A concert program (and album project) celebrating the power of music to express the inexpressible. Music ranges from Orlando Gibbons to Monteverdi and includes the world premiere performance of Marten Jansson's Elemental Elegy. Tickets $15 here.

2 pm ET: Cabrillo Festival presents Evolving I. Music Director Cristian Macelaru joins Music Director Laureate Marin Alsop in a conversation on matters of diversity in the symphonic field, the importance of mentoring young conductors, composer Christopher Rouse’s music, and more. Composer Anna Clyne introduces her work, RIFT: a symphonic ballet. Created in collaboration with choreographer Kitty McNamee, Clyne’s music is brought to life by the Festival Orchestra and six dancers in a performance that speaks about the times in which we live. Register free and view here.

7 pm ET: Norfolk Chamber Music Festival presents Celebrating Festival Alumni. A rebroadcast of a performance from July 14, 2018 featuring Norfolk Festival fellows. Program: Klughardt’s Selections from Wind Quintet, Op. 79, Beethoven’s String Quartet in D, Op. 18, No 3, and Mendelssohn’s String Quintet in A minor, Op. 13, "Ist Es Wahr?". View here.

7 pm ET: Piano Cleveland presents Virtu(al)oso First Round, Session 3. Thirty pianists, selected by a screening jury to compete in two rounds of competitions, have been be pre-recorded from five Steinway locations across the globe including Cleveland, New York, London, Hamburg and Beijing. Here, five contestants perform a solo piano program of 20 minutes. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Verdi’s Ernani (Classic Telecast). Starring Leona Mitchell, Luciano Pavarotti, Sherrill Milnes, and Ruggero Raimondi, conducted by James Levine. From December 17, 1983. View here and for 24 hours.

7:30 pm ET: Festival de Lanaudière presents Paavo Järvi conducts Brahms. A rebroadcast of the German Chamber Orchestra and Music Director Paavo Järvi from August 2 and 3, 2014, playing Brahms Symphony No. 2 in D and the Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor with Lars Vogt as soloist. Register free and view here.

8 pm ET: Warren Miller Performing Arts Center & The Crossing present David Lang’s in nature. The text, by Lang, is a series of reflections and thoughts of being in nature and both celebrates and marks the absence of nature during the pandemic. Written as a hybrid of live and pre-filmed music, the world premiere is led by Donald Nally who conducts 20 singers of The Crossing—recorded one-at-a-time at the Icebox Project Space at CraneArts—and four socially distanced singers from Montana-based choir Roots in the Sky who perform live in real time from WMPAC. Tickets: $7-19. Register here.

8 pm ET: Cabrillo Festival presents Evolving II. Kristin Kuster’s 2019 work When There Are Nine reflects the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Commissioned by the Festival, it features the Festival Orchestra conducted by Cristi Macelaru, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, and vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth. The libretto by poet Megan Levad touches upon pivotal civil rights issues that Justice Ginsburg faced over the course of her career. The concert is followed by a live Q&A session. Register free and view here.

8 pm ET: Tanglewood Online Festival presents Great Performers in Recital from Tanglewood. Hosted by Nicole Cabell. Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax form one of the closest musical friendships and chamber music partnerships. Program: Brahms’s Violin Sonata in D minor, Op. 108 (Adagio); Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No. 3 in A, Op. 69; Mendelssohn’s Song Without Words, Op. 109. Cost of event: $12. View and purchase tickets here. LIVE

8 pm ET: Music@Menlo presents Gloria Chien. The third of four programs from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center spotlighting a Music@Menlo artist, including HD concert recordings and a look into the artists’ lives and musical activities during COVID-19. Music by Field, Liszt and Mendelssohn. Hosted by Artistic Co-Directors David Finckel and Wu Han. View here. LIVE

8:30 pm ET: Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival presents Miró Quartet’s Beethoven Cycle. Concert 9: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132. The Miró Quartet will stream live from their hometown of Austin, Texas with opportunities for members of the quartet to answer viewer questions. Tickets $20, or $120 for a full Festival pass. More info, purchase and view here. LIVE

9 pm ET: The Santa Fe Opera presents Songs from the Santa Fe Opera: Huang Ruo and David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly. A world premiere tribute hosted by tenor Joshua Dennis from the Crosby Theatre, Santa Fe. Program includes a talk by dramaturg Cori Ellison, a performance of "Awoke as a Butterfly" by countertenor Kangmin Justin Kim, footage from a special rehearsal hosted at the Asia Society, a conversation with the composer and librettist, and more. Free to watch here and on-demand here.

9 pm ET: Mizzou International Composers Festival presents Alarm Will Sound. Members of Alarm Will Sound, Khemia Ensemble, and the Mizzou New Music Ensemble perform works by Monk, Schroeder, Fitzpatrick, and Oliveros. Meredith Monk’s Anthem is the first work in Alarm Will Sound’s VIDEO CHAT VARIATIONS, remotely performed world premieres that respond to the quirks of video chat platforms. Using what is inherent in the video-chat medium, Monk offers an expansive composition that encourages us to move forward with conscious awareness, even while being out of sync with each other in an uneasy world. The event will feature pre-recorded interviews with the composers as well as a live post-concert discussion. Register here.

Sunday, August 2

11 am ET: Kaufman Music Center presents Orli Shaham’s Bach Yard Playdate. The pianist brings her acclaimed interactive concert series for kids to the internet. This episode features music by Florence Price, including Ticklin’ Toes, The Goblin and the Mosquito, and Adoration, and a reading from a new digital book about Price and her music created and illustrated by students at Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School. View here.

12 pm ET: Glyndebourne Open House presents Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress. A Glyndebourne classic designed by David Hockney. When the mysterious Nick Shadow appears at his door, Tom Rakewell immediately abandons country life and sweetheart Anne for the temptations of the city. But London’s glittering promise soon corrodes. The cast for John Cox’s production includes Topi Lehtipuu, Matthew Rose, and Miah Persson. (Captured live at Festival 2010). View here until August 9.

12 pm ET: Daniel Hope presents Hope@Home on Tour. As Germany relaxes its lockdown the award-winning violinist takes his popular livestreamed TV series on the road. Previous episodes have come from the Beethoven Haus in Bonn, Dresden’s Frauenkirche, and Zurich. View here. LIVE

1 pm ET: Verbier Festival presents Yuja Wang. A look back at an artist whose meteoric rise has been closely tied to her performances at the Verbier Festival through concerts, interviews, and previously unreleased footage. View here.

2 pm ET: Gramophone Magazine presents Orchestra of the Year 2020. The classical music magazine streams concerts by this year’s ten finalists. This episode features the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (UK) conducted by Mirga GraĹžinyte-Tyla in Ciurlionis’s The Sea and Grieg’s Peer Gynt (with Klara Ek and the CBSO Chorus). View here and for 23 hours.

2 pm ET: DG Stage presents Virtual Bayreuth Festival: Lohengrin. From the 2018 Bayreuth Festival, the production by American director Yuval Sharon. The New York Times praised “the outstanding Piotr Beczala” as Lohengrin, “Anja Harteros [making] her impressive Bayreuth debut” as Elsa, and Ortrud “played with dominant presence by the incomparable Waltraud Meier”. Conducted by Christian Thielemann. Tickets 4.90 Euros here and view for 48 hours.

2:30 pm ET: Tanglewood Online Festival presents Encore Performance. Hosted by Jamie Bernstein. Seiji Ozawa’s 29-year tenure as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra ended in 2002. Here, Ozawa conducts Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique. The Tanglewood Festival Chorus, six vocalists, and pianist Peter Serkin join for Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. To conclude, the audience was asked to participate in a performance of Randall Thompson’s a cappella Alleluia, the piece that opens Tanglewood Music Center each summer. Register free and view here.

3 pm ET: Live From Music Mountain presents The Verona Quartet. The Verona Quartet, currently faculty quartet in residence at Oberlin College, was faculty string quartet in residence at the Music Mountain Academy in 2018. Here it performs works by Brahms, Ravel and Shostakovich. View here. LIVE 

3:30 pm ET: Festival de Lanaudière presents From Naples to Venice. Recorded in 2019. The Venice Baroque Orchestra journeys between Naples and Venice in Vivaldi’s time. The ensemble explores music by the Red Priest and the works of his contemporaries including The Four Seasons. Register free and view here.

5 pm ET: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents Summer Evenings IV. Program: Geminiani’s Sonata in C for Cello and Continuo, Op. 5, No. 3 (Timothy Eddy, Mihai Marica, cello; Kenneth Weiss, harpsichord); Haydn’s String Quartet in F, Op. 50, No. 5, “The Dream” (Orion String Quartet); Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite (Gloria Chien, piano, Kristin Lee, Chad Hoopes, Arnaud Sussmann, Angelo Xiang Yu, violin; Matthew Lipman, Paul Neubauer, viola, David Finckel, Nicholas Canellakis, cello, Anthony Manzo, double bass, Ransom Wilson, flute, David Shifrin, clarinet, Marc Goldberg, bassoon). View here.

6:30 pm ET: Bridgehampton Chamber Music presents Dvorák/Moravec, A New Country. Dvorák sailed to America to lead the newly formed National Conservatory of Music and the Sonatina that opens the program includes a reference to Minihaha from Longfellow’s Hiawatha. In 2018, Paul Moravec wrote A New Country (a BCMF commission) based on immigration to the U.S. in that same period. With Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano, Marya Martin, flute, Frank Huang, violin, Richard O'Neill, viola, Nicholas Canellakis, Peter Stumpf, cello, Jon Kimura Parker, Gilles Vonsattel, piano. View here until August 9.

7 pm ET: Piano Cleveland presents Virtu(al)oso First Round, Session 4. Thirty pianists, selected by a screening jury to compete in two rounds of competitions, have been be pre-recorded from five Steinway locations across the globe including Cleveland, New York, London, Hamburg and Beijing. Here, five contestants perform a solo piano program of 20 minutes. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Wagner’s Die Walküre. Starring Christine Goerke, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Jamie Barton, Stuart Skelton, Greer Grimsley, and Günther Groissböck, conducted by Philippe Jordan. From March 30, 2019. View here and for 24 hours.

7:30 pm ET: Portland Chamber Music Festival presents Chamber Pop: The Benefit Edition. Artistic Director Melissa Reardon joins the “classical-meets-rockstar” duo of Charles Yang and Peter Dugan. The live event features a Schumann appetizer followed by a lively set of original arrangements of tunes by artists from Sam Cooke to Ariana Grande. The concert also features audience participation with live games and a Q&A. All events are pay-what-you-wish and accessed via YouTube Premieres, with links sent to ticket-holders. Tickets available here. LIVE

Monday, August 3

7 pm ET: Piano Cleveland presents Virtu(al)oso First Round, Session 5. Thirty pianists, selected by a screening jury to compete in two rounds of competitions, have been be pre-recorded from five Steinway locations across the globe including Cleveland, New York, London, Hamburg and Beijing. Here, five contestants perform a solo piano program of 20 minutes. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Met Opera Streams presents Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Starring Ying Huang, Erika Miklósa, Matthew Polenzani, Nathan Gunn, and René Pape, conducted by James Levine. From December 30, 2006. View here and for 24 hours. 

8 pm ET: Music@Menlo presents Artists Up Close: Paul Neubauer. Patrick Castillo catches up with violist Paul Neubauer, before revisiting his 2014 performance of the Scherzo from Dvorák’s String Quintet No. 2 in G, known informally as “the Bass Quintet”. View here. LIVE

8 pm ET: Tanglewood Online Festival presents Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra Encore Performances. Hosts: Stefan Asbury with Michael Gandolfi and Dawn Upshaw. Program: Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Gandolfi’s In America. With conductors Andris Nelsons (Beethoven) and TMC Conducting Fellow Gemma New (Gandolfi), Paul Lewis, piano, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra TMC Vocal Fellows. Recorded August 20, 2017 and July 23, 2018. Register free and view here.

8:30 pm ET: Sun Valley Music Festival presents Broadway’s Brightest Stars. Award-winning artists Audra McDonald, Kelli O’Hara, and Brian Stokes Mitchell present a special performance for the 2020 Gala. The unique program will be broadcast live from the East Coast. View here.

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
Volume 2 of Connecting ACO Community (June 7 - July 19, 2020) is an initiative to commission six short works for solo instrument or voice. Each composer is offered $500 to write the work, and each performer is offered $500 to perform the work, with the rights to stream for six months. Premieres take place live on Sundays at 5pm ET with recorded sessions available on MUSIC on the REBOUND. More info here.

American Opera Project
American Opera Project presents AOPTV: Opera Comes Home. Three world premiere English-language productions are available on the AOP website. 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 comprised. 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 

American Symphony Orchestra
American Symphony Orchestra presents ASO Online. Each Wednesday, for as long as live performances are not possible, the ASO will release a recording from its archives. Content will alternate weekly 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 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 HomeCasts is an innovative digital content season curated by Artistic Director Richard Tognetti, and 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 content 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.

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.

Carnegie Hall
Live with Carnegie Hall features live performances, storytelling, and conversations that offer deeper insights and behind-the-scenes personal perspectives. In addition to live conversation and/performance, Live with Carnegie Hall programming will integrate historical or recent audio/video content drawn from concerts, master classes, and recordings. In most of the programs, artists will engage with viewers in real time via social media. A schedule will be found on carnegiehall.org/live.

Classical Movements Vox Virtual
A n online a cappella festival from August 22 – 29 features nine professional vocal ensembles from around the world in daily livestreamed concerts, interviews and workshops. Line up includes Cantus (USA), Insingizi (Zimbabwe), Olga Vocal Ensemble (Iceland and Netherlands), Nairyan Vocal Ensemble (Armenia), The Swingles (United Kingdom), Les Itinérantes (France), Accent (International), Ensemble Rustavi (Georgia) and Anúna (Ireland). Over the course of the week, ensembles will livestream five free concerts, each featuring two ensembles, and one finale concert featuring all nine. More details here.

The Cleveland Orchestra
The Cleveland Orchestra is offering archival videos, daily Mindful Music Moments videos, and videos from musicians performing from home. For information and to view visit here.

Cliburn at Home
Cliburn Watch Party relives some of the best moments of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Cliburn Kids explores rhythm, storytelling, dance, and listening games in short entertaining, and educational journeys. Cliburn Amateur Spotlight are performance videos submitted by the 72 who were accepted as competitors for the 2020 Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition (rescheduled to 2022). View 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. Interesting 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 really 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.

Duo Ingolfsson-Stoupel
Violinist Judith Ingolfsson and pianist Vladimir Stoupel are seasoned soloists who united with the goal of exploring new paths and directions in the intimate atmosphere of the violin-piano recital winning acclaim for their performances across the globe. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are presenting music that is close to their hearts every Friday and Tuesday at 1 pm EST on YouTube. LIVE

International Keyboard Institute & Festival
IKIF 2020 has made the 15 three-hour evenings that were streamed in 2015 available for free. Each video contains welcoming remarks, concert notes by David Dubal, pre-concert commentary, plus the concert and an intermission feature. Among the 27 performing artists are Jerome Rose, Marc-André Hamelin, Alessio Bax, Jeffrey Swann, Alon Goldstein, Arnaldo Cohen, and Alexander Kobrin.
 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. Click here to to register, view and for further details.

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 from wherever performances are still happening. In addition, 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. Finally, #ConcertsForKids teams up with top artists to bring world-class performances and diverse musical perspectives from their homes to yours. Explore upcoming calendar here.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra presents free LACO AT HOME streaming and on demand performances, including a full showing of the orchestra’s critically acclaimed performance last fall featuring the 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.

NEW: Mark Morris Dance Group
The Brussels Years, 1988-1991, is a series of on-demand archival collections that rediscover dances from the earlier years of the MMDG. The Brussels Years includes three dances Morris choreographed when he was Director of Dance at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, the national opera house of Belgium, plus introductions of each work by Morris himself. The first dance, Pas de Poisson (1990), choreographed for three dancers to music by Erik Satie, is collection from its BAM premiere. Love Song Waltzes (1989) is set to Brahms’s song cycle of the same title and recorded at its Brussels premiere. The excerpt of Wonderland (1989) is from its premiere also at the Theatre Varia in Brussels. Performed only twice in the company’s history, Wonderland is a danse noir set to music by Schoenberg. Mikhail Baryshnikov performs in both Pas de Poisson and Wonderland. Explore here.

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
National Sawdust has launched Live@NationalSawdust, a free digital platform offering concerts from the past five seasons and professional development programs from Renée Fleming, Meredith Monk and others, and including fundraising efforts for National Sawdust and the artists involved. Initial releases will focus on the very first concert in the venue from October 2015, including performances by Philip Glass, Foday Musa Suso, Tanya Tagaq, Chris Thile, Nico Muhly, Nadia Sirota, Jeffrey Zeigler, Eve Gigliotti, Paola Prestini, Nels Cline, Glenn Kotche, Theo Bleckmann, ACME and more.

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 are making 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.

Opera Philadelphia Digital Festival O
Opera Philadelphia premiered an online digital festival of new and classic works with four of the operas are available on demand. The Pedro Almodóvar-inspired staging of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville can be watched through June 29, while Daniel Bernard Roumain’s We Shall Not Be Moved, Lembit Beecher’s Sky On Swings (starring Frederica von Stade and Marietta Simpson), and Missy Mazzoli’s award-winning Breaking the Waves are available through August 31. Explore here.

Opera Saratoga: Connect Daily
In place of its planned 2020 Summer Festival, June, July and August will see Opera Saratoga feature performances by Festival Artists, premiering every morning at 9 am ET. Each month is dedicated to a different theme with July featuring Beethoven art song including many of his settings of folk melodies from around the world and scenes Fidelio. August will feature songs and ensembles from musicals by Stephen Sondheim, who celebrated his 90th birthday this year. View here and on demand.

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. **

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra are offering new ways to engage with the music and musicians of the Orchestra. Through WATCH, LISTEN, LEARN the Virtual Philadelphia Orchestra will fulfill its ongoing commitment to bring music, in video and audio forms, as well as interactive education and enrichment, to audiences. Content is available here.

Seattle Symphony
Seattle Symphony is rebroadcasting concerts on Thursday and Saturday evenings. In addition, Morning Notes on YouTube or Facebook features solo performances by individual musicians.

NEW: 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, with founder Harry Christophers, has 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’ 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 Sir James 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.

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.

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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