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August 3, 2020 | By Clive Paget, Musical America

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Monday, August 3

1 pm ET: Church of Trinity Wall Street presents Comfort at One. From April 2019: The Trinity Baroque Orchestra performs Telemann's Concerto for 3 Oboes, 3 Violins and Continuo and, with The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Bach's cantata “Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend warden.” View here.

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.

Tuesday, August 4

12 pm ET: Gstaad Festival presents Sir András Schiff. From Saanen Church, Sir András Schiff plays Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 30 in E-flat, Op. 109, Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat, Op. 110, and Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111. There will be an interview with the artist before the concert. Register and view here.

1 pm ET: OperaVision presents #OperaHarmony 1. During lockdown, over 100 opera makers from across the world have formed an online community to create new digital operas. The project has compelled them to adapt to working in a new medium, as well as embracing new technologies and novel ways of creating, producing, and sharing work. Each Tuesday in August, five of these short operas will be streamed and, after each presentation, viewers will have one week to vote for their favorite creation. View here.

2 pm ET: DG Stage presents Virtual Bayreuth Festival: Tristan und Isolde. Wagner’s immortal tale of love and longing is staged by the composer’s great-granddaughter Katharina Wagner and conducted by Christian Thielemann “with an elegance and precision that is probably unsurpassable today.” (Der Spiegel). Cast includes Evelyn Herlitzius as Isolde, Stephen Gould as Tristan, and Georg Zeppenfeld as Marke. Tickets 4.90 Euros here and available to view for 48 hours.

2 pm ET: European Concert Hall Organization presents Casa da Música Porto. Program: Berlioz’s Roman Carnival, Ponchielli Dance of the Hours, Coates’s Knightsbridge March, Delius’s La Calinda, Falla’s The Three Cornered Hat, Suite No. 2, Piazzolla’s La Milonga del Ángel, Mason Bates’s Mothership. With Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música conducted by Baldur Brönnimann. View here and on demand.

5 pm ET: LA Opera presents Learn at Home (Grown-Up Edition). Renée Fleming brings her series Music and the Mind to LA Opera speaking with President and CEO Christopher Koelsch about what an opera company and a hospital have in common. They'll be joined by Stacy Brightman (Vice President of LA Opera Connects), J. Todd Frazier (System Director of Houston Methodist Hospital’s Center for Performing Arts Medicine) and Gail Soffer (Founder and Executive Director of the Mindful Warrior Project), as well as sharing an original composition by Brooke De Rosa set to poetry written by veterans. View here and on demand. LIVE 

5:45 pm ET: International Music Foundation presents Rush Hour Concert: Poulenc Trio. Program: Poulenc’s Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano, Asako Hirabayashi’s Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano, and André Previn’s Trio for Piano, Oboe and Bassoon. With Will Welter, oboe, Keith Buncke, bassoon, and Beilin Han, piano. View here and on demand. LIVE

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Starring Erin Morley, Hibla Gerzmava, Kate Lindsey, Christine Rice, Vittorio Grigolo, and Thomas Hampson, conducted by Yves Abel. From January 31, 2015. View here and for 24 hours.

7:30 pm ET: 92Y Summer Concerts presents big dog, little dog. Composer-violinist Jessie Montgomery and Americana songwriter and bassist Eleonore Oppenheim are duo string ensemble big dog little dog. Their wholly original music is informed by their Juilliard training in a concert described as “post-minimalist groove Americana.” Tickets from $10. View here and on demand for one week. LIVE

8:30 pm ET: Sun Valley Music Festival presents Strings & Mallets. A quartet of cellists led by Amos Yang play arrangements of Mozart’s Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, Handel’s “Ombra mai fu,” and a hit song by the Beatles. Si-Yan Darren Li and Marc Damoulakis play Golijov’s Mariel for Cello and Marimba, and a quartet of percussionists play Reich’s Mallet Quartet for Marimbas and Vibraphones. View here. LIVE

Wednesday, August 5

1 pm ET: Tanglewood Online Festival presents TLI MasterPass: Emanuel Ax. A Tanglewood Music Center piano class led by Emanuel Ax. Cost of event: $5. View and purchase tickets here.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra (Classic Telecast). Starring Kiri Te Kanawa, Plácido Domingo, Vladimir Chernov, and Robert Lloyd, conducted by James Levine. From January 26, 1995. View here and for 24 hours.

8 pm ET: Tanglewood Online Festival presents Recitals from the World Stage: Danish String Quartet. Hosted by Karen Allen. The Danish String Quartet—Musical America’s 2019 Ensemble of the Year—has been playing together for over a decade. Here it performs Shostakovich’s Tenth Quartet, a work characteristic of the composer’s inward-looking chamber music of his later years, by turns lyrically poignant and incisively direct. Cost of event: $8. View and purchase tickets here.

Thursday, August 6

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

3 pm ET: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra presents CURRENTS Episode 2: Bay Area Blue Notes. Focusing on Jazz Musical Culture with Michael Morgan, curator and host, Jason Hainsworth saxophone, Tammy Hall piano, Mark Inouye trumpet, Scott Pingel bass, and Ed Stephan drums. Program: Santamaría’s Afro Blue?(recorded by John Coltrane, 1963) and Kaper’s On Green Dolphin Street (recorded by the Miles Davis Sextet, 1959). View here.

6 pm ET: National Sawdust presents Tesla Quartet. The quartet will perform works from their “Alternating Currents” commissioning project where 12 freelance composers, whose work has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, have written short works for string quartet. The 45-minute concert will feature works by Eliza Bagg, Kevin Day, Adeliia Faizullina, Beatrice Ferreira, Gilbert Galindo, Grey Grant, Clifton Ingram, Bonnie Lander, Adam Maalouf, Leyna Marika Papach, Kalia Vandever, and Kerwin Young. View here. LIVE

7 pm ET: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Orpheus musicians perform in small chamber groups for the first time since February, plus the online premiere of Orpheus’ 2015 performance of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture filmed at the Frauenkirche in Dresden. The evening will also feature a pre-show happy hour with cooking videos by Orpheus musicians and appearances by guest artists including saxophonist Branford Marsalis and pianist Khatia Buniatishvili. More info and tickets here.

7 pm ET: Caramoor Festival presents Sandbox Percussion. The virtuosic percussion quartet joins forces with pianist Conor Hanick for the world premiere of a new concerto by Pulitzer Prize finalist Christopher Cerrone. The all-contemporary program includes music by steel pan specialist Andy Akiho, Guggenheim fellow Juri Seo, longtime Sandbox collaborator David Crowell, and Amy Beth Kirsten. Tickets $10 (Caramoor Members receive complimentary access) and go on sale five days before the show. More info here. LIVE

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Starring Kristine Opolais, Maria Zifchak, Roberto Alagna, and Dwayne Croft, conducted by Karel Mark Chichon. From April 2, 2016. View here and for 24 hours.

7:30 pm ET: Bay Chamber Concerts presents Michi Wiancko’s To Unpathed Waters, Uncharted Shores. Jupiter String Quartet gives the world premiere of Wiancko’s new work alongside Beethoven’s monumental String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132. The new work was commissioned in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of Bay Chamber Concerts as well as Maine’s Bicentennial. View here.

7:30 pm ET: 92Y Summer Concerts presents Matan Porat. The premiere broadcast of Matan Porat’s piano accompaniment to Buster Keaton’s film The General. Tickets from $10. View here and on demand for one week. LIVE

7:30 pm ET: Portland Chamber Music Festival presents Selected Shorts. Program includes music by Kodály, Bach, Michi Wiancko Franklin, João Luiz, William Grant Still, and Ravel. With David McCarroll violin, Angela Park cello, Melissa Reardon viola, Bridget Kibbey harp, João Luiz guitar, Raman Ramakrishnan cello, and Henry Kramer piano. All events are pay-what-you-wish and accessed via YouTube Premieres with links sent to ticket-holders. Tickets available here. LIVE

8:30 pm ET: Sun Valley Music Festival presents Beethoven & Bates. Violinist Juliana Athayde and pianist Orion Weiss perform Beethoven’s “Spring” Sonata. Music Director Alasdair Neale and the Festival Orchestra play Mothership by Mason Bates, one of America’s most popular and performed contemporary composers. View here. LIVE

8:30 pm ET: Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival presents Miró Quartet’s Beethoven Cycle. Concert 10: String Quartet in B-flat, Op. 130 with the Grosse Fuge, Op. 133. 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 Bronfman & McDermott. Part of a reimagined season of outdoor concerts in the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Program: Schubert’s Marche militaire in D major for Piano, Four Hands, Fantasy in F minor for Piano, Four Hands, Brahms’s Sonata for Piano, Four Hands, Op. 34b. With pianists Yefim Bronfman and Anne-Marie McDermott. Register for link to view for free here. LIVE

10 pm ET: Seattle Opera Songs of Summer presents Will Liverman. Baritone Will Liverman is the recipient of the prestigious 2020 Marian Anderson Award and Seattle Opera audiences will remember his performances as Figaro in The Barber of Seville (2017). His Songs of Summer program features works by Vaughan Williams, Copland, and Mendelssohn. View here and on demand for two weeks. LIVE

Friday, August 7

3 am ET: Carnegie Hall Live & Medici.TV present Daniele Gatti conducts Debussy, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. Recorded in 2016, the Orchestre National de France performs colorful works by 19th- and 20th-century composers. Program: Wagner’s The Mastersingers of Nuremberg Prelude to Act III, Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor (with violinist Julian Rachlin who also plays Ysaÿe’s Sonata for Solo Violin in D Minor, Op. 27 No. 3), Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, and Fauré’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Suite for Orchestra (Prelude). View here and available for 72 hours.

8 am ET: London Symphony Orchestra presents Live from LSO St Luke's. Program: Scarlatti arranged Watkins Sonata K1 in D minor, Wieniawski arranged Watkins Etude Caprice in G minor Op 18 No 1, Trad arranged Coleridge-Taylor “Deep River,” Paganini arranged Parkin Caprice No 24, Vaska’s Castillo Interior, and Monti arranged Parkin Czardas. With Rhys Watkins violin, Rowena Calvert cello. View here and on demand. LIVE

1 pm ET: National Sawdust presents Lawrence Brownlee Masterclass. Hosted by vocalist Helga Davis and composer and National Sawdust co-founder Paola Prestini. Brownlee will discuss his process when adapting a new role, his critically-acclaimed recital work Cycles of My Being (created in collaboration with composer Tyshawn Sorey and lyricist Terrance Hayes), and his fervent advocacy for greater diversity within the opera community. View here. LIVE

1 pm ET: OperaVision presents Howard Moody’s Push. Recorded at Belgium’s La Monnaie in 2019. Push is inspired by the true story of Simon Gronowski who was pushed off the train from Mechelen to Auschwitz by his mother in Boortmeerbeek, Belgium, in 1943. Howard Moody has composed an opera bringing together professional musicians and amateur performers—both adults and children—in a unique theatrical experience. Conductor: Howard Moody, director: Benoît De Leersnyder. View here and on demand for six months.

2 pm ET: Orchestre Métropolitain presents Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6. 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 join forces to celebrate the composer’s 250th birthday. Tickets 9.90 Euros here and on demand for 48 hours.

4 pm ET: PS21 presents Alarm Will Sound. The contemporary music ensemble will give the New York State premiere of John Luther Adams’s Ten Thousand Birds in PS21's newly built open-air pavilion on 100 acres of rolling hills and meadows. View here.

7 pm ET: LA Opera presents Living Room Recital: Matthew Aucoin and Friends. Composer/conductor Matthew Aucoin, the company's former Artist in Residence, assembles an all-star list of talent—soprano Erica Petrocelli, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, tenors Paul Appleby and Barry Banks, baritones Davóne Tines and Rod Gilfry, and cellist Coleman Itzkoff—for a curated recital featuring his own compositions (including arias from Eurydice and Crossing), along with a dash of Gluck and Messiaen. View here and on demand. LIVE

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Wagner’s Parsifal (Classic Telecast). Starring Waltraud Meier, Siegfried Jerusalem, Bernd Weikl, and Kurt Moll, conducted by James Levine. From March 28, 1992. View here for 24 hours.

7 pm ET: Piano Cleveland presents Virtu(al)oso Final 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, three finalists perform a solo program of 30-35 minutes. View here.

7 pm ET: Rockport Music presents Artists at Home: Davone Tines. The genre-bending bass-baritone is a compelling and much sought-after vocalist who has collaborated with composers including John Adams, Kaija Saariaho, and Matthew Aucoin. His program includes Freude (improvisation on Beethoven’s Ode to Joy) and Eastman’s Prelude to The Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc. There will also be a conversation with Artistic Director Barry Shiffman about how music can help bring people together to discuss important topics like race in America. View here. LIVE

7:30 pm ET: Festival de Lanaudière presents Marc-André Hamelin. From the Festival archives, the Canadian pianist’s program opens with his own Pavane variée and includes Liszt’s Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude (God’s Blessing in Solitude), and Schubert’s Four Impromptus, D. 935. Register free and view here.

8 pm ET: Tanglewood Online Festival presents BSO Musicians in Recital from Tanglewood. Hosted by Lauren Ambrose. Bonnie Bewick violin, Mickey Katz cello, and Lawrence Wolfe bass play works by Bonnie Bewick, Marti Epstein, Lawrence Wolfe, Sid Richardson, Nico Muhly, and others (including five world premieres). Cynthia Meyers flute, Robert Sheena oboe, Michael Wayne clarinet, Richard Ranti bassoon, and Jason Snider horn play Valerie Coleman’s Umoja and selections from Paquito D’Rivera’s Aires Tropicales. Cost of event: $5. View and purchase tickets here. LIVE

8 pm ET: Music@Menlo presents Gilbert Kalish. A series of 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. From his Manhattan apartment, pianist Gilbert Kalish plays a program of George Crumb, Schubert, and Brahms. Hosted by Artistic Co-Directors David Finckel and Wu Han. View here. LIVE

8:30 pm ET: Lakes Area Music Festival presents City of Angels. Prior to his exodus from Austria to LA, Korngold wrote a Piano Quintet which foreshadows the glitz and glam of his career to come. Philip Glass’ third string quartet, written for film, and Ennio Morricone’s “Gabriel’s Oboe” from The Mission complete this exploration of identity and nationality. View here.  LIVE

8:30 pm ET: Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival presents Miró Quartet’s Beethoven Cycle. Concert 11: String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131. 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

10 pm ET: Los Angeles Philharmonic presents Play Your Part. An online benefit concert hosted by Gustavo Dudamel and Thomas Wilkins featuring Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile. Carlile had been scheduled to open the Hollywood Bowl’s 2020 season with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and YOLA (Youth Orchestra LA). Following the cancelation, she connected with the young musicians online, and here they will perform to raise funds for YOLA and the LA Phil’s Learning programs. Donate here and view here until August 14. LIVE

Saturday, August 8

2 pm ET: VOCES8 Live From London presents I Fagiolini. The VOCES8 digital choral festival continues with the buoyant British vocal ensemble in a program entitled “The Ache of Love”. In Monteverdi’s duets, trios, and quintets, I Fagiolini performs music that offers the meaning of life in a few bars inviting viewers to share in some of the most profound and pleasurable music ever written for voices. Tickets $16 and view here.

2 pm ET: DG Stage presents Virtual Bayreuth Festival: Das Rheingold. Frank Castorf’s controversial staging of The Ring premiered in 2013 and was filmed in 2016. For Castorf, the Rheingold of our days is oil with the first part of the tetralogy set at a gas station on Route 66. Die Walküre is situated in Baku, Azerbaijan, and Siegfried takes place in a socialist equivalent of Mount Rushmore and at Berlin’s Alexanderplatz. Götterdämmerung is set somewhere in the GDR, ending up at New York’s stock exchange. Marek Janowski’s reading of the score was praised, as was the cast including Catherine Foster, John Lundgren, Nadine Weissmann, and Georg Zeppenfeld. Tickets 4.90 Euros here and view for 48 hours.

2 pm ET: Cabrillo Festival presents Connecting I. The Festival reprises its annual panel discussion moderated by principal flute Tim Munro and featuring members of the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra including cellist Thomas Carpenter, violinist Anne Chandra, percussionist Svet Stoyanov, and pianist Emily Wong. The event will include a live audience Q&A on the mysteries of life as a musician, the challenges of participating in a virtual orchestra premiere, and coping during a pandemic. Register free and view here. LIVE

5 pm ET: The Cell and Bright Shiny Things presents Room | to | Breathe: Breaking Waves. Across oceans, as well as right in our own backyard, the world’s population fights for access to basic healthcare needs. As we face the global pandemic, these needs are urgent and greater than ever. “Breaking Waves” engages with the seemingly endless fight for access through sound and spoken word. Part of all proceeds will benefit Partners in Health ( Tickets $25 here and the concert is repeated at 8 pm ET.

7 pm ET: Piano Cleveland presents Virtu(al)oso Final 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, three finalists perform a solo program of 30-35 minutes. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Handel’s Agrippina. Starring Brenda Rae, Joyce DiDonato, Kate Lindsey, Iestyn Davies, Duncan Rock, and Matthew Rose, conducted by Harry Bicket. From February 29, 2020. View here and for 24 hours.

7:30 pm ET: Festival de Lanaudière presents The OSM and Payare at the Summit. Recording from July 27, 2019. In Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare’s Festival debut he leads the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal in Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor. Register free and view here.

8 pm ET: Cabrillo Festival presents Connecting II. Mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and composer/pianist Jake Heggie will perform four of Heggie’s songs in a virtual concert recorded from their homes. Music Director Cristian Macelaru will join Heggie in conversation to introduce viewers to Heggie’s creative process and to the orchestral suite of his opera Moby-Dick. Register free and view here.

8 pm ET: Tanglewood Online Festival presents Great Performers in Recital from Tanglewood. Hosted by Nicole Cabell. Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov is as well-known for his searching, thoughtful programs as he is for his remarkable virtuosity and sensitivity as a performer. Here he plays Bach’s The Art of Fugue, a work that demands all of a performer’s resources while embracing a wide range of musical moods and styles. Cost of event: $12. View and purchase tickets here. LIVE

8 pm ET: LA Chamber Orchestra presents LACO SummerFest #3. LACA resumes gathering together for the third of five new pre-recorded performances involving social distancing and no audience. Program: Golijov’s Mariel for Cello and Marimba and Haydn’s String Quartet, Opus 33 No. 3 “The Bird”. With violinists Sarah Thornblade and Maia Jasper White, violist Erik Rynearson, and cellist Armen Ksajikian. View here and on demand.

8 pm ET: Music@Menlo presents Festival Finale. Violinist Arnaud Sussmann will perform a Beethoven violin sonata with Music@Menlo Artistic Director and pianist Wu Han, streamed from Wu Han’s home in New York. View here. LIVE

8:30 pm ET: Lakes Area Music Festival presents Paradox of Praise. Grammy award-winning bass-baritone, Dashon Burton performs art song and lieder, featuring selections from Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Margaret Bond’s settings of Langston Hughes. Paired with Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 2 with its final quotation of the Psalm 100 Doxology, this production explores praise and rejection. View here. LIVE

8:30 pm ET: Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival presents Miró Quartet’s Beethoven Cycle. Concert 12: String Quartet in F, Op. 135 and the alternate finale to the String Quartet in B-flat, Op. 130. 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

8:30 pm ET: Sun Valley Music Festival presents Family Concert: Inspiring Duos. Members of the Festival orchestra team up with their kids to perform selections of their choosing. Expect some cute moments and perhaps some surprises—one musician’s son has already soloed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony. View here. LIVE

9 pm ET: Houston Symphony presents Live from Jones Hall: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Nicholas McGegan conducts an ensemble of Houston Symphony musicians in one of the most enduringly popular pieces of classical music ever written, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. The concert also features William Grant Still’s Summerland and Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Tickets $10. Register for link to view here. LIVE

Sunday, August 9

10 am ET: Tanglewood Online Festival presents Highlights from the Festival of Contemporary Music. Hosted by Norman Fischer, with special guest Michael Gandolfi. In 2018 and 2019, BSO Artistic Partner Thomas Adès served as Director of the FCM, and all three of his musical guises are featured on this broadcast: as composer in Court Studies from his opera The Tempest, as conductor in Francisco Coll’s Four Iberian Miniatures, and as pianist in his own arrangement of Nancarrow’s Studies 6 and 7. Coll’s piece and Ruth Crawford Seeger’s String Quartet feature the New Fromm Players. Register free and view here.

12 pm ET: Gstaad Festival presents Sol Gabetta & Alexander Melnikov. From Saanen Church, cellist Sol Gabetta and pianist Alexander Melnikov (who here plays two different fortepianos) perform Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No. 1 in F, Op. 5 No. 1, Ries’s Grande Sonate for Cello and Piano in G Minor, Op. 125, and Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No. 5 in D, Op. 102 No. 2. There will be an interview with the artists before the concert. Register and view here.

12 pm ET: Glyndebourne Open House presents Handel’s Giulio Cesare. A Glyndebourne classic, David McVicar’s production brings all-singing, all-dancing energy to one of Handel’s greatest scores. William Christie conducts a cast led by Sarah Connolly’s Cesare and Danielle de Niese as Cleopatra. (Captured live at Festival 2010). View here until August 16.

2 pm ET: DG Stage presents Virtual Bayreuth Festival: Die Walküre. Frank Castorf’s controversial staging of The Ring premiered in 2013 and was filmed in 2016. For Castorf, the Rheingold of our days is oil with the first part of the tetralogy set at a gas station on Route 66. Die Walküre is situated in Baku, Azerbaijan, and Siegfried takes place in a socialist equivalent of Mount Rushmore and at Berlin’s Alexanderplatz. Götterdämmerung is set somewhere in the GDR, ending up at New York’s stock exchange. Marek Janowski’s reading of the score was praised, as was the cast including Catherine Foster, John Lundgren, Nadine Weissmann, and Georg Zeppenfeld. Tickets 4.90 Euros here and view for 48 hours.

2 pm ET: The House presents Dancing Voice/Singing Body: An Online Workshop with Meredith Monk. Voice, movement, and image intersect as Monk creates an opportunity for participants to discover their own personal richness. After leading a short, guided meditation and a detailed vocal and movement warm-up, she will continue with exercises exploring range, gesture, rhythm, resonance, character, and landscape. At the end of the workshop, Monk will answer questions during a brief Q&A. $20 suggested donation. Register here

2:30 pm ET: Tanglewood Online Festival presents Encore Performance. Hosted by Jamie Bernstein. BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons leads a performance of Mahler’s biggest and most varied work, his Third Symphony, with Susan Graham the mezzo-soprano soloist. Register free and view here.

2:30 pm ET: The Violin Channel presents Taipei Music Academy & Festival Finale. The concert will take place before a live audience at the National Concert Hall in Taipei. Drawn from Curtis, Juilliard and other top international conservatories, the 35 young string players will perform works by Elgar, Tchaikovsky, and Grieg. In Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins they will be joined by faculty members David Chan (concertmaster of the Met Orchestra) and Philip Setzer (of the Emerson Quartet), special guest Yu-Chien Tseng, and Founder and Artistic Director Cho-Liang “Jimmy” Lin. View here. LIVE

3 pm ET: Lakes Area Music Festival presents Suites Françaises. Exploring the French dance suite from sensuous sarabands to jaunty gigues. From one of the first published female composers, Élizabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, and Johann Sebastian Bach, to modernists like Saint-Saëns and Ligeti. View here. LIVE

3 pm ET: Live From Music Mountain presents Fei-Fei. A winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition and a top finalist at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Fei-Fei performs works by Schumann, Chopin, Rachmaninov, and Ennio Morricone. View here. LIVE 

3:30 pm ET: Festival de Lanaudière presents Festival Finale. Charles Richard-Hamelin plays Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 13 in E flat, “Quasi una fantasia,” Op. 27 No. 1, Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, (“Moonlight Sonata”), and Chopin’s 24 Preludes, Op. 28. Register free and view here.

5 pm ET: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents Summer Evenings V. Program: Tartini’s Sonata in G minor for Violin and Continuo “Devil’s Trill” (with Adam Barnett-Hart violin, Timothy Eddy cello, and Kenneth Weiss harpsichord), Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue in C minor for String Quartet, K. 546 (with the Schumann Quartet), Mendelssohn’s Fugue in E-flat for String Quartet, Op. 81, No. 4 (Schumann Quartet), Glinka’s Trio Pathétique in D minor for Clarinet, Bassoon, and Piano (with David Shifrin clarinet, Marc Goldberg bassoon, and Anne-Marie McDermott piano). View here.

6:30 pm ET: Artpark presents Alarm Will Sound. Artpark, located in Lewiston, New York (part of the Niagara Gorge), will stream Alarm Will Sound’s performance of John Luther Adams’s Ten Thousand Birds as part of their new "Music in the Woods" series. The concert’s design will allow audiences and musicians to move around each other at a safe distance, listening from changing perspectives while surrounded by the music. View here

6:30 pm ET: Bridgehampton Chamber Music presents Shifting Winds. Two works spotlighting wind instruments: Kenji Bunch’s 2018 Summer Hours for wind quintet and piano—a BCMF commission—and Rheinberger’s Nonet for winds and strings. Kenji Bunch joins Artistic Director Marya Martin to discuss his piece written specifically for BCMF musicians. View here until August 16.

7 pm ET: Piano Cleveland presents Virtu(al)oso Awards Ceremony. 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, the winners are announced followed by their encore performances. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Starring Hibla Gerzmava, Malin Byström, Serena Malfi, Paul Appleby, Simon Keenlyside, and Adam Plachetka, conducted by Fabio Luisi. From October 22, 2016. View here and for 24 hours.

7:30 pm ET: Portland Chamber Music Festival presents Heart & Soul. The East Coast Chamber Orchestra and special guests Time for Three perform Couperin’s Treizième Concert for Two Cellos, Montgomery’s Rhapsody No. 1 for Solo Violin, Beethoven’s Duet for Viola and Cello in E-flat, Ysaÿe’s Sonata No. 6 for Solo Violin, Bach’s Chaconne in Winter (arranged Hackman/Time for Three), Bermel’s Murmurations, and Bach’s Cantata No. 180: “Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele”. All events are pay-what-you-wish and accessed via YouTube Premieres, with links sent to ticket-holders. Tickets available here. LIVE

8 pm ET: Cabrillo Festival presents Rising II. Cristian Macelaru joins composer Stacy Garrop to introduce her latest work, The Battle of the Ballot, and discuss the making of a virtual orchestra premiere. The new symphonic work commemorates the centenary of women’s suffrage in America with a libretto that includes texts from seven American suffragettes. The performance features 60 members of the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, all recorded from their homes around the world, narrated by Julie James of Jewel Theatre. Register free and view here. LIVE 

8:30 pm ET: Sun Valley Music Festival presents Daniil Trifonov. The Grammy Award-winning pianist and 2019 Musical America Artist of the Year plays Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 18 “The Hunt” and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. View here. LIVE

Monday, August 10

1 pm ET: Church of Trinity Wall Street presents Comfort at One. From March 2018: Julian Wachner leads soloists from The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra in accounts of Bach’s sacred cantatas “Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis” and “Der Herr denket an uns.” View here.

6:30 pm ET: Canadian Opera Company presents Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian. Hadrian puts a spotlight on one of history’s greatest romances between Hadrian, ruler of the Roman Empire, and his beloved Antinous. Peter Hinton’s 2018 world premiere production is broadcast in partnership with Montréal Pride Festival and will feature a live Q&A session with Wainwright and librettist Daniel MacIvor. Cast includes Thomas Hampson as Hadrian, Isaiah Bell as Antinous, Karita Mattila as Plotina, and Ambur Braid as Sabina. View free with registration here.

7:30 pm ET: Met Opera Streams presents Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. Starring Karita Mattila, Marcello Giordani, and Dwayne Croft, conducted by James Levine. From February 16, 2008. View here and for 24 hours. 

8 pm ET: Tanglewood Online Festival presents Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra Encore Performances. In 2018 and 2019, the Director of Tanglewood’s Festival of Contemporary Music was BSO Artistic Partner Thomas Adès. Here he conducts his own Asyla as well as Lutoslawski’s Symphony No. 3. Register free and 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) commissioned six 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 AOPTV: 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 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. View here.

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

Classical Movements Vox Virtual
An online a cappella festival from August 22-29 features nine professional vocal ensembles from around the world in daily livestreamed concerts, interviews and workshops. He lineup 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.

New: 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. 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.

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 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.

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
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Medici TV
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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.

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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