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September 14, 2020 | By Clive Paget, Musical America

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Monday, September 14

8 am ET: Wigmore Hall presents Alban Gerhardt & Markus Becker: Schumann, Shostakovich, and Beethoven. The German cellist sheds fresh light on familiar scores. Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro was written for horn but with violin and cello versions; Shostakovich’s wrote his early Cello Sonata during a time of turmoil; and Beethoven dedicated his Fourth and Fifth Sonatas to his friend and confidante, the Countess Marie von Erdödy. View here. LIVE

1 pm ET: Church of Trinity Wall Street presents Comfort at One. From March 2020: The only Bach + One performance in 2020, this concert features The Choir of Trinity Wall Street in Herbert Howells’s Take Him, Earth for Cherishing and, joined by the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, in Bach’s Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, BWV 12. View here.

2:30 pm ET: Wigmore Hall presents Leonidas Kavakos & Enrico Pace. The Greek violinist and Italian pianist come together for a selection of Beethoven’s duo sonatas: Violin Sonata No. 3 in E flat, Op. 12 No. 3, Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30 No. 2, and Violin Sonata No. 10 in G, Op. 96. View here. LIVE

7:30 pm ET: Met Opera Streams presents Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. Starring Anna Netrebko, Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien, and John Del Carlo; conducted by James Levine. From November 13, 2010. View here and for 24 hours.

8 pm ET: Heartbeat Opera presents "The Secret Sauce: Seven Years in Seven Soirées." An exuberant series of soirée-style retrospectives of the company's first seven years, featuring adventurous archival footage from the vaults and tantalizing stories. Hosted by Wendy Lesser, award-winning writer and founding editor of Threepenny Review. Tickets from $30 and view here.

Tuesday, September 15

8 am ET: Wigmore Hall presents Heath Quartet. The British quartet has won praise for releases such as the Tippett quartets and those by Bartók. In 2018, the group presented German composer Jörg Widmann’s complete string quartets at the Pierre Boulez Saal, and here they reprise the Fourth alongside excerpts from Bach’s The Art of Fugue and Beethoven’s String Quartet in C Op. 59 No. 3 Razumovsky. View here. LIVE

1 pm ET: Church of Trinity Wall Street presents Comfort at One. From May 2017: The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra performed Nisi Dominus from Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610—a monumental 90-minute masterpiece involving a chorus of up to ten parts, seven soloists and orchestra—on the composer’s 450th birthday. A link to the full concert will also be provided. View here.

1 pm ET: Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall presents Igor Levit plays Beethoven 6. Levit juxtaposes sonatas from various periods of Beethoven’s life, creating rich relationships to enhance the clarity of contours and, thus, the eloquence of Beethoven’s music. Program: Piano Sonata No. 15 in D, Op. 28 Pastoral, No. 16 in G, Op. 31 No. 1, No. 13 in E flat, Op. 27 No. 1, and No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 Moonlight. Register and view for free here. LIVE

2:30 pm ET: Wigmore Hall presents Rachel Podger & Kristian Bezuidenhout. Baroque violinist Rachel Podger and her harpsichord partner Kristian Bezuidenhout present a program of Bach violin sonatas, including four from the set BWV1014-1019 that are all written in trio sonata form. View here. LIVE

5:45 pm ET: International Music Foundation presents Rush Hour Concert: Rebecca Clarke Trio. Janet Sung, violin, Calum Cook, cello, and Kuang-Hao Huang, piano perform Dinuk Wijeratne’s Love Triangle and Rebecca Clarke’s Piano Trio. View here and on demand. LIVE

6 pm ET: Black Opera Productions presents Jessye Norman at 75. With dedications and performances filmed in the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, this 90-minute program is hosted by baritone Kenneth Overton. Guest speakers include Laverne Cox, Anna Deavere Smith, and Richard Smallwood with special reflections by Norman’s siblings Elaine Norman Sturkey and James Howard Norman. The tribute also includes a performance from Dance Theatre of Harlem and remembrances from colleagues including Martina Arroyo, Grace Bumbry, George Shirley, Simon Estes, J’Nai Bridges, and Measha Brueggergosman. Funds raised will support the artists, the Estate of Jessye Norman, the Jessye Norman School for the Arts, and the film Black Opera.  Register here (suggested donation $35). LIVE

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Rossini’s Le Comte Ory. Starring Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, and Juan Diego Flórez; conducted by Maurizio Benini. From April 9, 2011. View here and for 24 hours.

7:30 pm ET: Teatro Nuovo presents Bel Canto in Thirty Minutes. A new video production featuring the first-ever recording of Nicola Vaccai’s Practical Method of Italian Singing, a collection of miniature arias that has been a cornerstone of bel canto training for two centuries. Twenty-two singers, among them Lawrence Brownlee, Angela Meade, Lisette Oropesa, Jennifer Rowley, and Michael Spyres, join Will Crutchfield in remotely recorded performances. Crutchfield and selected soloists will live chat during the premiere. View here and on demand.

8 pm ET: Heartbeat Opera presents The Secret Sauce: Seven Years in Seven Soirées. An exuberant series of soirée-style retrospectives of the company's first seven years, featuring adventurous archival footage from their vaults, tantalizing stories. Hosted by Gundula Kreuzer, Yale Professor of Music, Verdi and Wagner scholar, Dent Medal winner. Tickets from $30 and view here.

10 pm ET: Colburn School & The Royal Conservatory present The Musical Exile of Walter Kaufmann. Conductor James Conlon, Robert Elias, Director of the Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices at the Colburn School, and Simon Wynberg, Artistic Director of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s ARC Ensemble, are all committed to the exploration and recovery of music marginalized in the wake of National Socialism and World War II. The ARC Ensemble’s first-ever recording devoted to the chamber music of Czech/American composer Walter Kaufmann (1907-1984) opens the door to a discussion of lost repertoire and its reclamation. The event will include performances by ARC Ensemble and students of the Colburn School. View here. LIVE

Wednesday, September 16

8 am ET: Wigmore Hall presents Dame Sarah Connolly & Malcolm Martineau. Bob Chilcott’s Cloud Pictures has been written especially for British mezzo-soprano Dame Sarah Connolly, who also includes a selection of songs from Mahler’s cycle of German folk poem settings alongside music by Poulenc, Roussel, and Bridge. View here. LIVE

2 pm ET: IDAGIO presents Classical (R)evolution with Rachel. Join soprano Rachel Fenlon as she explores what breaking the rules, embracing uncertainty, and thinking “outside the box” does for classical music-making. In this episode: vocalist, founder, and director of the boundary-pushing Resonant Bodies Festival, Lucy Dhegrae. View here.

2:30 pm ET: Wigmore Hall presents Igor Levit. Igor Levit’s program journeys from Beethoven’s first canonical sonata (1795), through to the short G major work (1809), by way of the 1800-1 sonata that includes a celebrated funeral march, and the 1803 work dedicated to the composer’s patron, Count Waldstein. View here. LIVE

5 pm ET: New York City Center Live @ Home presents Studio 5 | Great American Ballerinas. City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck works with former NYCB ballerina Stephanie Saland on the “green” solo from Jerome Robbins’s Dances at a Gathering. The only female solo in the hour-long piano ballet, Saland was coached by Robbins himself who also choreographed roles for her in the 1970s and 1980s. View here and on demand until September 22.

7 pm ET: Young Concert Artists presents A Virtual Celebration. An intimate online experience with musical performances and video tributes to benefit Young Concert Artists. Performances by Xavier Foley, double bass, Zlatomir Fung, cello, Randall Goosby, violin, Maxim Lando, piano, Nathan Lee, piano, SooBeen Lee, violin, and the Omer Quartet, View here.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment. Starring Natalie Dessay, Felicity Palmer, Juan Diego Flórez, and Alessandro Corbelli; conducted by Marco Armiliato. From April 26, 2008. View here and for 24 hours.

8 pm ET: Heartbeat Opera presents The Secret Sauce: Seven Years in Seven Soirées. An exuberant series of soirée-style retrospectives of the company's first seven years, featuring adventurous archival footage from their vaults, tantalizing stories. Hosted by Jeanine Tesori, Tony Award-winning composer of Fun Home and Blue. Tickets from $30 and view here.

8 pm ET: Dreamstage presents Sandbox Percussion. The Brooklyn-based percussion quartet has established itself as a champion of contemporary percussion chamber music. Here, they play their own Viet Cuong, Amy Beth Kirsten’s may the devil take me, Juri Seo’s vv, Victor Caccese’s Bell Patterns (world premiere video), and the world premieres of Andy Akiho’s Pillar III & V. Tickets $25, register and view here. LIVE

Thursday, September 17

8 am ET: Wigmore Hall presents Tai Murray & Martin Roscoe. Tai Murray is known for the subtlety and nuance of her phrasing and a tone that explores the full spectrum of violin colors. With pianist Martin Roscoe, she presents sonatas by Mozart and Brahms either side of a suite of six short piano pieces by Bartók. View here. LIVE

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

2 pm ET: IDAGIO presents Stuttgarter Philharmoniker & Dan Ettinger. ?The Stuttgarter Philharmoniker and Music Director Dan Ettinger present a program of music by Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Johann Strauss II. Stravinsky’s delightful Pulcinella Suite is juxtaposed with Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 Classical, and the concert concludes with Johann Strauss Jr.'s Grand Duchess Alexandra Waltz. Tickets Euro 9.90 and view here. LIVE

2 pm ET: Heartbeat Opera presents The Secret Sauce: Seven Years in Seven Soirées. An exuberant series of soirée-style retrospectives of the company's first seven years, featuring adventurous archival footage from their vaults, tantalizing stories. Hosted by Julia Bullock, opera singer, activist, and program curator. Tickets from $30 and view here.

2:30 pm ET: Wigmore Hall presents Florian Boesch & Malcolm Martineau. Their program includes songs by Schubert and Wolf as well as the Swiss composer Frank Martin’s 1943 settings from Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s Everyman, a play written in 1911 and performed at the Salzburg Festival every year since 1920. View here. LIVE

7 pm ET: LA Opera presents Living Room Recital. Soprano Alaysha Fox, a member of the company's young artist program, partners with pianist Brendon Shapiro for an all-American program of art songs by Amy Beach, H.T. Burleigh and Jake Heggie, along with show tunes by Jason Robert Brown and Stephen Sondheim. View here. LIVE

7:30 pm ET: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents Inside Chamber Music Plus II. CMS Resident Lecturer Bruce Adolphe explores chamber music works, performed in full by CMS Artists. This week: Bartók’s String Quartet No. 4, BB 95 with the Jerusalem Quartet. Excerpts performed by Amphion String Quartet. View here and on demand for a week.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Rossini’s La Cenerentola. Starring Elina Garanca, Lawrence Brownlee, Simone Alberghini, Alessandro Corbelli, and John Relyea; conducted by Maurizio Benini. From May 9, 2009. View here and for 24 hours.

7:30 pm ET: Detroit Symphony Orchestra presents Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings. Tchaikovsky’s lyrical work is full of robust harmonies—channeling the inventiveness and unpredictability of the composer’s idol Mozart—shot through with stirring Russian folk melodies. Jader Bignamini conducts. Tickets $12 and view here.

8 pm ET: Berkeley Symphony presents Joseph Young & Friends: Bach with a Twist. A series of free online musical gatherings hosted by BS Music Director Joseph Young. In this second installment, Young, BSO musicians and special guests offer unique twists on the Bach canon. View here.

Friday, September 18

8 am ET: Wigmore Hall presents Peter Moore & Robert Thompson. Trombonist Peter Moore is the youngest ever winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award, winning it at just 12 years old in 2008. At 18, when appointed co-principal trombonist, he was the youngest member of the London Symphony Orchestra. His program includes several contemporary works including When You Appear by Roxanna Panufnik, which is based on Pablo Neruda’s poem “La Reina” (The Queen). View here. LIVE

1 pm ET: OperaVision presents Weber’s Euryanthe. Freeing Euryanthe from its reputation as precursor of Wagner’s Lohengrin, Theater an der Wien’s production establishes Weber’s heroic-romantic opera as a masterpiece in its own right. Christoph Loy’s intelligent staging brings the story up to date with a sensitive, psychological approach. An outstanding cast is led by American soprano Jacquelyn Wagner as Euryanthe, American tenor Norman Reinhardt as her husband Adolar, Theresa Kronthaler as the increasingly unhinged Eglantine, and Andrew Foster-Williams as the spiteful Lysiart. View here and on demand for three months. Highly recommended **

1 pm ET: Church of Trinity Wall Street presents Comfort at One. The “Passing Through” season of at-home performances opens with John Adams’s Road Movies, performed by two NOVUS NY members: concertmaster Katie Hyun and pianist Conor Hanick. This musical exploration of a passage through landscapes was recorded at Yamaha Studios. View here.

1 pm ET: 48th Istanbul Music Festival presents Opening Concert. From Bogaziçi University, the Tefken Philharmonic is conducted by Aziz Shokhakimov with Veriko Tchumuridze, violin. Program: Beethoven’s The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5, Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 Classical, and Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances. View here. LIVE

2 pm ET: Royal Opera House presents Bizet’s Carmen. From 2018, Barrie Kosky presents a refreshing perspective on a well-known opera. Conducted by Jakub Hruša, the cast includes Anna Goryachova, Francesco Meli, and Kostas Smoriginas. Tickets £3 and view here for 30 days.

2 pm ET: Symphony Hall, Birmingham presents Braimah Kanneh-Mason. The 22-year-old violinist studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Jack Liebeck. He is a member of The Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra and Chineke! Orchestra and has recently appeared at St. John’s Smith Square with the London Contemporary Orchestra and at the UK Diversity Legal Awards. Here, he performs a new set, filmed at Symphony Hall. View here.

2 pm ET: Heartbeat Opera presents The Secret Sauce: Seven years in Seven Soirées. An exuberant series of soirée-style retrospectives of the company's first seven years, featuring adventurous archival footage from their vaults, tantalizing stories. Hosted by Derrell Acon, scholar, activist, and bass-baritone seen in Heartbeat's Fidelio and Der Freischütz. Tickets from $30 and view here.

2 pm ET: Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival presents Iestyn Davies & Elizabeth Kenny. The Ninth annual Festival unites art, history, and music in four chamber concerts filmed in front of a private family audience in Lord Salisbury's historic home. In the second concert, filmed in the Long Gallery and Armoury features countertenor Davies and lutenist Kenny in a program of songs by Dowland while organist Richard Gowers plays music by Handel, Tomkins, Byrd, and Tallis. View here.

2:30 pm ET: Wigmore Hall presents Arditti Quartet. A wide-ranging contemporary program including no fewer than four UK premières from composers who hail from Germany, the USA and Japan. The final work by Helmut Lachenmann strips back the traditional sound of a string quartet to sounds, using friction and material to create rustles, scrapes, creaks—all the “in between” sounds of the instruments. View here. LIVE

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Bellini’s I Puritani. Starring Diana Damrau, Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien, and Nicolas Testé, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. From January 16, 2016. From February 1, 2020. View here and for 24 hours.

8 pm ET: Dreamstage presents Nathan Meltzer. Young violinist Nathan Meltzer was awarded the stolen and recovered “Totenberg-Ames” Stradivarius 1734 on loan from Rare Violins of New York in consortium. With pianist Jun Cho he performs Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 8, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Violin Sonata in D minor, Brahms’s Violin Sonata No. 3, and Bartók’s Rhapsody No. 1. Tickets $25, register and view here. LIVE

9 pm ET: Houston Symphony presents Live from Jones Hall: Schubert’s Octet. Schubert’s chamber work is played by Mark Nuccio, clarinet, Rian Craypo, bassoon, William VerMeulen, horn, Yoonshin Song and MuChen Hsieh, violins, Joan DerHovsepian, viola, Brinton Averil Smith, cello, and Robin Kesselman, bass. Tickets $20 and view here. LIVE

10:30 pm ET: Seattle Symphony presents Season Opening Reimagined. Fred Northup, Jr. is the emcee as Lee Mills conducts the Seattle Symphony in Mozart’s Don Giovanni Overture, Whitney Mongé’s "Tomorrow," "Crash," "Day N Nite," and "Gracefully" (with Whitney Mongé vocals and guitar), Mary D. Watkins’s Five Movements in Color: Soul of Remembrance, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. Annual passes from $9.99 per month and view here.

Saturday, September 19

8 am ET: Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall presents Igor Levit plays Beethoven 7. Levit juxtaposes sonatas from various periods of Beethoven’s life, creating rich relationships to enhance the clarity of contours and, thus, the eloquence of Beethoven’s music. Program: Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90, No. 28 in A, Op. 101, No. 29 in B flat, Op. 106 Hammerklavier. Register and view for free here. LIVE

12 pm ET: Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall presents Kirill Petrenko & Frank Peter Zimmerman. Devastated by the death of the daughter of Alma Mahler and Walter Gropius, Alban Berg created a musical memorial and one of the most poignant violin concertos of the 20th century. Dvorák strikes a different mood in his Fifth Symphony—one that is cheerful, relaxed and pastoral. Tickets Euro 9.90 and view here. LIVE

2 pm ET: VOCES8 Live From London presents The Sixteen: Music for Reflection. A program to reflect on our lives and the lives of people around us framed by two double choir litanies both prayerful yet full of hope. Music by Josquin, Sheppard, and Arvo Pärt. Tickets $16 and view here.

2:30 pm ET: Wigmore Hall presents Angela Hewitt. J.S. Bach continues to be as central to the Canadian pianist’s performance as it has been to her own musical life. Here she plays a diverse selection of pieces large and small. View here. LIVE

5:30 pm ET: Bard Music Festival presents Out of the Silence: A Celebration of Music. The third of four concerts pairing works by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Dvorák, and Bartók with music by ten prominent Black composers. The Orchestra Now, conducted by Leon Botstein, Andrés Rivas, and Zachary Schwartzman plays Roque Cordero’s Adagio Trágico, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Four Novelettes, Op. 52, and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, Op. 48. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore. Starring Pretty Yende, Matthew Polenzani, Davide Luciano, and Ildebrando D'Arcangelo; conducted by Domingo Hindoyan. From February 10, 2018. View here and for 24 hours.

8 pm ET: Heartbeat Opera presents The Secret Sauce: Seven Years in Seven Soirées. An exuberant series of soirée-style retrospectives of the company's first seven years, featuring adventurous archival footage from their vaults, tantalizing stories. Hosted by Liz Diamond, Yale Repertory Theater Resident Director and Obie Award Winner. Tickets from $30 and view here.

9 pm ET: PBS Great Performances presents Now Hear This: Haydn, King of Strings. The secret stories behind some of the greatest classical music ever composed in the critically acclaimed documentary miniseries that merges music, storytelling, travel and culture. When Haydn visited England, he was so taken with “God Save the King” that he wanted to write an anthem for Austria’s monarch. Scott Yoo discovers how Haydn borrowed folk music from Scotland, Hungary and Austria to create his “Emperor Quartet.” More info here or check local listings. 

Sunday, September 20

11 am: English Chamber Orchestra presents Teatime Music: Façade. Brimming with jazz-soaked charm and color, William Walton’s Façade gained immediate notoriety at its public premiere in 1922 as poet Edith Sitwell recited her quirky verse with a megaphone protruding through an ornate screen. Here, Johnny Herford is the narrator with David Corkhill conducting Walton’s 21 miniatures. Tickets $13 and view here. LIVE

1 pm ET: Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall presents Igor Levit plays Beethoven 8. Levit juxtaposes sonatas from various periods of Beethoven’s life, creating rich relationships to enhance the clarity of contours and, thus, the eloquence of Beethoven’s music. Program: Piano Sonata No. 30 in E, Op. 109, No. 31 in A flat, Op. 110, and No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111. Register and view for free here. LIVE

2:30 pm ET: Wigmore Hall presents Apartment House plays Julius Eastman. Directed by cellist Anton Lukoszevieze, Apartment House, known for its advocacy of experimental and avant-garde performances, champion Eastman’s music, with its take on Femenine brimming over with enthusiasm, brio, and pathos. View here. LIVE

3 pm ET: Heartbeat Opera presents The Secret Sauce: Seven years in Seven Soirées. An exuberant series of soirée-style retrospectives of the company's first seven years, featuring adventurous archival footage from their vaults, tantalizing stories. Hosted by Gundula Kreuzer, Yale Professor of Music, Verdi and Wagner scholar, Dent Medal winner. Tickets from $30 and view here.

4 pm ET: The Gilmore presents Mackenzie Melemed. Live streamed from Wellspring Theater, Melemed kicks off The Gilmore’s 2020 Rising Stars Series. Program: Sibelius’s Valse Triste, Bach’s Partita No. 1 in B-flat, Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in F, Op. 54, Liszt’s Funérailles, Florence Price’s Meditation, Debussy’s Estampes, Scriabin’s Préludes, Op. 16, and Stravinsky’s Étude No. 4. Tickets are pay what you can. Register and view here and on-demand for 30 days.

6 pm ET: Denver Friends of Chamber Music presents Anthony McGill & Anna Polonsky. Recorded in the beautiful Leshowitz Recital Hall at Montclair State University, clarinetist Anthony McGill and pianist Anna Polonsky perform Brahms’s Clarinet Sonata No. 2 and James Lee III’s 2015 work, Ad Ahna? The performance will conclude with a conversation between McGill and Roger Holland, DU faculty member and Director of the Spirituals Project, about music and social justice. View here and on demand for one month. 

7 pm ET: Celebrity Series of Boston presents Jeremy Denk. A live stream concert from WGBH’s Fraser Performance Studio. Program: Schumann’s Kinderszenen Op. 15, Clara Schumann’s Romances, Op. 21, Missy Mazzoli’s Bolts of Loving Thunder, and Brahms’s Four Pieces for Piano, Op. 119. The concert is followed by a live chat with the artist. Concert $20 or $90 for series of six. Purchase and view here and for 72 hours. LIVE

7:30 pm ET: Met Opera Streams presents Bellini’s Norma. Starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Joyce DiDonato, Joseph Calleja, and Matthew Rose, conducted by Carlo Rizzi. From October 7, 2017. View here and for 24 hours.

Monday, September 21

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

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

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

2:30 pm ET: Wigmore Hall presents Jess Gillam & MILOŠ. Two charismatic musicians, each with a substantial and growing following, join together for a program of saxophone and guitar running from the 16th to the 20th centuries that demonstrates the range of their musical interests, including Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango. View here. LIVE

7 pm ET: Kaufman Music Center presents What Makes It Great? Beethoven's Appassionata Sonata. In Beethoven’s time, the Appassionata was a radical, avant-garde work that left listeners dazed and confused, yet today the piece has become mainstream fare. How did this music get domesticated, and can we rehear this piece as the revolutionary work it was? Filmed in Merkin Hall, pianist Orli Shaham explores the work. Tickets from $15 and view here.

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

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

Artists and Organizations Offering Free Content

The following are all accessible during the coronavirus pandemic:

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

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

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

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

Apollo’s Fire: Music for the Soul
The Cleveland-based baroque orchestra founded by Artistic Director Jeannette Sorrell is offering a series of video streams entitled “Music for the Soul.” New episodes are posted here.

Australian Chamber Orchestra
ACO Home Casts are curated by Artistic Director Richard Tognetti with an emphasis on content that reflects the ACO’s artistry, dynamism, and sense of adventure. Musicians have been equipped with a mini in-home studio and training, enabling them to record, produce, and broadcast directly from their homes. This includes full-length ACO concerts broadcast as Facebook Watch Parties hosted by an ACO musician, intimate solo performances filmed live from musicians’ homes, and “Ask-Me-Anything” Instagram interviews. Each week’s schedule is announced Monday mornings here.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
BSO musicians are putting live-streamed concerts on the orchestra’s Facebook page on Wednesday and Sunday nights “for the near future.”

Bard SummerScape & Fisher Center
Archival works highlight Bard’s wealth and breadth of programming, including performances from its SummerScape Opera and BMF archives. Recent include Bard SummerScape’s 2011 production of Strauss’s rarely performed Die Liebe der Danae and last year’s Daniel Fish directed staging of Michael Gordon’s Acquanetta. More details here.

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 while integrating historical or recent audio/video content drawn from concerts, master classes, and recordings. Explore here.

The Cleveland Orchestra
The Cleveland Orchestra is offering archival videos, daily Mindful Music Moments videos, and videos from musicians performing from home. Explore here.

Cliburn at Home
Cliburn Watch Party relives moments from the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Cliburn Kids explores rhythm, storytelling, dance, and listening games in short 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). Explore here.

Daniel Hope
In Hope@Home on Tour, British violinist Daniel Hope took his livestreamed TV series out of his Berlin living room and on the road. The 27 half-hour episodes of live musical performance and conversation in English, all professionally produced for the German/French ARTE TV network, were filmed at a succession of visually compelling locations, many of which are not open to the public. All episodes have now been archived until October 31 in the ARTE Media Library here.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has made its webcast archive available for free. The collection features 200+ works going back three years, and highlights include Leonard Slatkin conducting John Luther Adams’s climate change-inspired Become Ocean from 2019, several world premieres, and a host of bite-sized encores. Explore here.

Deutsche Grammophon Yellow Lounge
The German classical music giant is streaming Yellow Lounge broadcasts from its archives. Recent additions include clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer, pianists Alice Sara Ott and Chihiro Yamanaka, and cellist Mischa Maisky. Performances are broadcast in rotation, one video at a time, adding a new performance every few days. DG communicates the start of each new performance by newsletter at the start of each week. To keep updated sign up here.

Finnish National Opera
Finnish National Opera presents Stage24, a series of streamed archived performances on its website, which are then available for the next six months. Recent content includes a staged version of Sibelius’s Kullervo, Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Caspar Holten’s staging of Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer with Camilla Nylund, and Christoff Loy’s Tosca. An excellent company and some interesting and original work worth investigating ** Explore here.

Handel and Haydn Society
Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society has created the H+H Listening Room where you can hear and watch H+H performances including Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas filmed at New York’s Met Museum. There are also more than a dozen videos of musicians performing from their homes, a special video of principal flutist Emi Ferguson teaching people how to make their own baroque flute, and a new podcast called “Tuning In”. In the first episode Principal Cellist Guy Fishman interviews Artistic Director Harry Christophers about Bach's St. Matthew Passion. Explore here.

Kennedy Center
The Kennedy Center is offering a free, live digital performance initiative, Couch Concerts, to help inspire, uplift, heal, and bring the performing arts into homes across the country and around the world during these difficult times. Couch Concerts stream direct from artists’ homes on the Kennedy Center website. Audiences can discover a wide range of other at-home programming through the Kennedy Center at Home webpage.

La Scala/RAI
Italy’s RAI presents five productions from La Scala Milan including the world premiere of Kurtág’s Fin de Partie, Daniel Barenboim conducting Götterdämmerung, Lisette Oropesa in Verdi’s I Masnadieri, Montedervi’s Orfeo conducted by Rinaldo Alessandrini, and Les Vêpres Siciliennes conducted by Daniele Gatti. A wide range of concerts are also available. Explore and register here.

Les Arts Florissants

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

Lincoln Center
From the archives of Lincoln Center’s resident organizations comes a trove of video, including rarely seen footage from decades of Live from Lincoln Center, more recent performances from across campus, and live streams wherever performances are still happening. Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom broadcasts on Facebook Live every weekday at 10 am ET and is led by some of the world’s best artists and educators. #ConcertsForKids teams up with top artists to bring world-class performances and diverse musical perspectives from their homes to yours. Explore here.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
LACO AT HOME offers streaming and on demand performances, including a full showing of the orchestra’s critically acclaimed West Coast premiere of Dark with Excessive Bright for double bass and strings by LACO Artist-in-Residence Missy Mazzoli. View streaming here and on demand here.

Los Angeles Master Chorale
Videos recorded as part of the “Offstage with the Los Angeles Master Chorale” series from April 24 to June 19 included interviews conducted by Artistic Director Grant Gershon and Associate Conductor Jenny Wong with notable performers—including special guests Reena Esmail, Morten Lauridsen, Anna Schubert, Peter Sellars, Derrick Spiva—as well as Master Chorale singers. Available on demand here.

Mark Morris Dance Group
The third and last collection of the MMDG online series—Solo Works, 1984-2000—includes solo pieces choreographed between 1984 and 2000, two performed by Mark Morris and two by other company members. All the recordings are preceded by introductions by Morris. Featured dances include Offertorium (1988, performed in 1988 at Get Down!), Peccadillos (2000, performed by Joe Bowie at Jacob’s Pillow in 2006), Greek to Me (1998, performed by Mark Morris at the New Victory Theater in 2000), and O Rangasayee (1984, performed by Dallas McMurray at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival in 2016). Explore here until September 30.

Metropolitan Opera Free Student Streams
Students and teachers worldwide can draw from the Met’s online library of operas and curricular materials plus new conversations with Met artists and educators. Resource materials will be made available weekly via the Met website starting on Mondays at 10 am ET, including extensive background information; activities to help students engage before, during, and after the performance stream; illustrated synopses; coloring pages; and audio clips. On Wednesdays at 5 pm ET, each week’s performance will be made available for streaming on the Met website, where it will remain for 48 hours. An hour before each performance stream, students from around the world will have the opportunity to interact directly with a singer or member of the creative team on Zoom. More information here.

Minnesota Orchestra
Minnesota Orchestra at Home shares video, audio, and educational materials through the categories of Watch, Listen and Learn, including videos from the orchestra’s archives and newly created “mini-concerts” directly from the homes of Orchestra musicians. Explore and view here.

National Sawdust Digital Discovery Festival, Volume One

With more than 65 events, featuring over 100 artists premiering in a four-month span, National Sawdust Digital Discovery Festival: Volume One was a bright spot in NYC's post-COVID live music world. Featuring post-COVID performances from Robert Wilson, Julian Lage, Tyondai Braxton, Emel Mathlouthi, Matthew Whitaker, Dan Tepfer, Ashley Bathgate, Emily Wells, Brooklyn Rider, Joel Ross, Conrad Tao, Andrew Yee, and Lucy Dhegrae, and recently recorded Masterclasses with Tania León, Ted Hearne, Vijay Iyer, Jamie Barton, Lawrence Brownlee, Trimpin, and Lara St. John. Archival performances include David Byrne, Lara Downes and Rhiannon Giddens, and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Explore here.

New World Symphony
The New World Symphony presents a web-based series called NWS Archive+. Michael Tilson Thomas moderates discussions with NWS Fellows, alumni, guest artists, and visiting faculty about archived recordings. Performances will be available here. NWS Fellows also play live, informal chamber music concerts from their homes in Miami Beach and broadcast via Facebook Live. In addition, the NWS online archive contains master classes, tutorials and town halls, which can be found here. Finally, for the past 10 years, the Fellows have performed one-hour concerts for local school children. These concerts and preparatory material will be available free to students and parents. NWS Educational concerts can be found here.

Opera Australia
OA | TV: Opera Australia on Demand is the Sydney-based company’s new digital space. Alongside the world’s largest collection of Dame Joan Sutherland on video, OA will offer exclusive content from the OA back catalogue, productions from Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, and a new series of chat show-style interviews conducted by AD Lyddon Terracini. The first posted full show is Sutherland in The Merry Widow, and the fileted aria’s in the section labelled “The Best of Dame Joan Sutherland” are even better. ** View here.

Opéra National de Paris
The Palais Garnier and Bastille Opera have made their digital stage, “The 3e Scène,” free. The platform is a pure place of artistic adventure and exploration, giving free rein to photographers, filmmakers, writers, illustrators, visual artists, composers, and choreographers to create original works. Visit here. Some of Opéra National de Paris’s productions are accessible on the company’s Facebook Page. In addition, Octave, the Paris Opera’s online magazine, is posting articles, videos, and interviews here.

Opera North
One of Britain’s most respected smaller opera companies, Opera North has put its acclaimed semi-staged concerts of Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle online. “Beg, borrow, or be like Wotan and steal a ticket for this show,” said the UK’s Times of Das Rheingold. “You’d be lucky to hear as good at Bayreuth,” said The Telegraph of Die Walküre. Richard Farnes proves a seriously impressive Wagner conductor. Watch here.

OperaVision
OperaVision offers livestreams of operas available for free and online for six months. Previous offerings include Barrie Kosky’s visually spectacular Moses und Aron, David McVicar’s superb Die Entführung aus dem Serail from Glyndebourne, and Deborah Warner’s thoughtful Death in Venice for English National Opera. View upcoming and past content here. **

Orli Shaham Bach Yard Playdates
Pianist Orli Shaham brings her acclaimed interactive concert series for kids to the internet. Bach Yard Playdates introduces musical concepts, instruments, and the experience of concert-going to a global audience of children and their families. A number of 10-minute episodes are already available for on-demand streaming. Programs and performances range from Bach’s Two-Part Invention to Steve Reich’s Clapping Music. Explore here.

The Sixteen
The Sixteen and founder Harry Christophers launched Quarantine with The Sixteen, a regular schedule of digital content. The Sixteen Virtual Choir’s performance of Sheppard’s Libera nos involved each part being recorded at each singer’s home. Other features include: Choral Chihuahua, a podcast by The Sixteen and I Fagiolini; Stay at Home Choir performing Sir James MacMillan’s O Radiant Dawn; Archive performances, including MacMillan’s Stabat Mater performed in the Sistine Chapel and Bach’s St Matthew Passion with Streetwise Opera; Recipes for isolation; Video diaries providing insight into daily lives during lockdown; Weekly playlists. Explore here.

Token Creek Chamber Music Festival

Under the artistic direction of composer John Harbison and violinist Rose Mary Harbison, this annual summer series (September 1 to 15) offers a two-week virtual season of compilations from 30 years of performances.  Archival programs from the “Music from the Barn” series highlight the wealth and breadth of festival programming. Among the many artists represented are the late Lorraine Hunt Lieberson and pianists Robert Levin, Christopher Taylor, and Leonard Stein. New programs are posted daily at 5 pm ET and will remain throughout September. Explore here.

Trinity Wall Street
New York’s Trinity Church Wall Street introduces daily weekday “Comfort at One” (1 pm ET) streaming performances on Facebook with full videos posted here. Tune in for encore performances of favorite Trinity concerts, professionally filmed in HD, along with current at-home performances from Trinity’s extended artistic family.

Tulsa Opera
Tulsa Opera has launched its Staying Alive web series, which includes virtual performances of opera, popular music, and musical theater, directly from guest artists’ homes. Each week, the series features artists from around the world, including artists that have been recently heard on the Tulsa Opera stage or would have been heard in the company’s new production of Tobias Picker’s Emmeline, cancelled due to the pandemic. New content appears every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2 pm CT. Explore here.

Voices of Ascension
New York choir Voices of Ascension, which celebrates its 30th anniversary next season, is posting a daily offering of choral beauty on its website. Music is chosen by staff, members of the chorus and orchestra, and listeners. View here.

Warsaw Philharmonic
The Warsaw Philharmonic has made a selection of video recordings available on its YouTube channel. Recent offerings include Saint-Saëns’s Organ Symphony and Arvo Pärt’s Swansong conducted by Artistic Director Andrzej Boreyko, as well as rarities by Polish composers like Grazyna Bacewicz. It’s an excellent orchestra very much in the Eastern European tradition and concerts have been master edited for posting online.

Shai Wosner’s Diabelli Variations Project

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

Paid Digital Arts Services

Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall
The BPO Digital Concert Hall contains over 600 orchestra concerts covering more than ten years, including 15 concerts with the orchestra’s new Chief Conductor Kirill Petrenko, interviews, backstage footage.

Medici TV
Thousands of classical music videos are available by subscription, as well as hundreds of events that are broadcast live for free each year, available for 90 days. Subscriptions cost $83.85 per year. www.medici.tv

Archived Recent Performances

The following broadcast events have occurred since the start of the COVID-19 crisis and are still available for viewing:

March 12

The Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin performed BeethovenNOW: Symphonies 5 & 6 as well as Iman Habibi’s Jeder Baum Spricht to an empty Verizon Hall for live broadcast. An outstanding concert captured in excellent visuals and sound. www.philorch.org/live

Miller Theater’s Bach Collection was performed live for a virtual audience. The program included Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (arr. Hess), Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor, BWV 1060 (arr. Fischer), Chorale Prelude Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 (arr. Busoni), and Cantata Ich habe genug, BWV 82, with Kady Evanyshyn, mezzo-soprano, Rebecca Fischer, violin, Alecia Lawyer, oboe, Simone Dinnerstein, piano, Baroklyn. View here.

March 14

Canadian pianist Garrick Ohlsson played an impressive selection of works by Beethoven, Prokofiev (the Sixth Sonata), and Chopin to an empty house at New York’s 92nd Street Y. View here.

March 16
In front of an empty auditorium (very visible thanks to excellent camerawork) Melbourne Symphony Orchestra was conducted by Forth Worth Symphony Music Director Miguel Harth Bedoya in dynamic performances of Bloch's Schelomo with soloist Timo-Veikko Valve, and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. Available here.

March 26
92nd St. Y
presents Jonathan Biss playing Beethoven’s last three piano sonatas. Written, as Beethoven said, “in a single breath,” these pieces represent the apotheosis of his piano writing, showing his mastery of the variation form (in Op. 109), his expertise in the forms of the musical past (the fugue, in Op. 110), and an ability to be cutting-edge (considering Op. 111 as a whole, but especially the famous ‘boogie woogie’ moments in the second movement). Available here.

April 10
Handel’s Messiah with The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square and soloists Amanda Woodbury, Tamara Mumford, Tyler Nelson, and Tyler Simpson. Recorded in 2018 but archived for a rainy day such as this. Available here.

April 10
Bach's St. John Passion, performed by Bach Collegium Japan conducted by Masaaki Suzuki from the Cologne Philharmonic. View here.

April 14
92nd St Y
presents Marc-André Hamelin who streamed a characteristically elegant program from his home, with the timely inclusion of Liszt's Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude. The repertoire also included C. P. E. Bach, Enescu, Fauré, Scriabin, and six selections from Debussy's Preludes, Book II. View here.

May 8
The Berliner Philharmoniker’s European Concert. In order to comply with social distancing rules and hygiene requirements Kirill Petrenko conducts the orchestra in chamber music formation from the empty Philharmonie Berlin. Federal President Steinmeier to deliver opening address. Program: Pärt’s Fratres, Ligeti’s Ramifications, Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 (arrangement for chamber ensemble by Erwin Stein) with Christiane Karg, soprano. Subscribe or trial for free and view in the Digital Concert Hall.

June 28

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

June 30

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

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