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January 11, 2021 | By Clive Paget, Musical America

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January 11

8 am ET: Wigmore Hall presents Steven Isserlis & Friends. Steven Isserlis cello, Irène Duval violin, Vashti Hunter cello, Jonian Ilias Kadesha violin, Pablo Hernán Benedi viola, Maggie Cole harpsichord, and Lucy Cole double bass play an all-Boccherini program comprising String Quintet Op. 13 No. 4 in D minor G280, Cello Sonata in C minor G2b, and Cello Concerto in G G480. Register, view here and on demand for 30 days. LIVE

1 pm ET: Wiener Staatsoper presents Verdi’s Don Carlos. Conductor: Marco Armiliato, director: Daniele Abbado. With Stefano Secco, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Maria Pia Piscitelli, Béatrice Uria-Monzon. Production from February 2015. Register for free and view here. **

1 pm ET: The Choir of Trinity Wall Street presents Comfort at One. From Bach + One, 2020, the choir performs Herbert Howells’s Take Him, Earth for Cherishing, and is joined by Trinity Baroque Orchestra for Bach’s BWV 12 Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen. View here.

2 pm ET: Lincoln Center at Home presents Les Arts Florissants: Haydn’s Symphony No. 87. William Christie conducts the virtual premiere of the orchestra’s performance of Haydn’s Symphony No. 87, the last of his six so-called Paris symphonies. The concert was recorded on October 27 at the Philharmonie de Paris and the 30-minute film includes a short introduction by Christie and first violinist Hiro Kurosaki. View here and for three months.

2:15 pm ET: Bayerischen Staatsoper presents Eight Songs for a Mad King. Baritone Holger Falk stars as King George III in Andreas Weirich production of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s monodrama. The eight poems by Randolph Stow are based on original texts by the king, while the score notoriously calls for the destruction of a violin on stage. View here. LIVE

2:30 pm ET: Wigmore Hall presents Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective. Matthew Hunt clarinet, Elena Urioste violin, Sheku Kanneh-Mason cello, and Tom Poster piano play Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps. Register, view here and on demand for 30 days. LIVE

7:30 pm ET: Met Opera Streams presents Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. Starring Renée Fleming, Cecilia Bartoli, Susanne Mentzer, Dwayne Croft, and Bryn Terfel, conducted by James Levine. From November 11, 1998. View here and for 24 hours.

Tuesday, January 12

10 am ET: Prototype Festival presents Times x Times x Times. Composer Pamela Z and theater artist Geoff Sobelle collaborate on a site-specific sonic journey through Times Square, past, present and imagined. In a work of sound and space, the listener is brought into a realm where the city and score come together and fall apart and come together again. View here and available until January 16 with artist conversation January 12 at 5 pm ET.

12 pm ET: Prototype Festival presents The Murder of Halit Yozgat. Yozgat, 21, was assassinated in his parents’s internet cafe on April 6, 2006 in Kassel, Germany. Five witnesses were present in the 77 square metre space when Halit was shot twice in the head. With sound art, electronics, and dark metal, Ben Frost musicalizes the structural racism and institutional blindness that affects the country’s immigrant communities. When work had to be suspended due to COVID-19, Frost, with Trevor Tweeten, resumed rehearsal and released a film about the project. The result is a cinematic portrait on the borderline between documentation and fiction about the reconstruction of a murder case. View here and available until January 16 with artist conversation January 16 at 3 pm ET. **

12 pm ET: Prototype Festival presents The Planet: A Lament. Garin Nugroho’s staged song cycle merges film with live dance and a 14-voice choir to impart a story of creation set against the backdrop of environmental disaster. Nugroho, expands his canvas to portray a destroyed community struggling in the aftermath of a devastating tsunami collaborating with the Mazmur Chorale from Kupang and an artistic team from across the Indonesian archipelago of composers, choreographers and Papuan dancers. View here and available until January 16 with artist conversation January 10 at 9 pm ET.

12 pm ET: Prototype Festival presents Wide Slumber for Lepidopterists. Inspired by the award-winning book by poet a.rawlings, Wide Slumber for Lepidopterists pairs sleep and dream studies with lepidoptery, the study of butterflies and moths. Composed by Valgeir Sigurðsson and directed by Sara Martí, the work was produced by VaVaVoom Theatre and Bedroom Community, the work premiered in May 2014 at the Reykjavik Arts Festival. View here and available until January 16 with artist conversation January 16 at 12 pm ET.

1 pm ET: The Choir of Trinity Wall Street presents Comfort at One. From 2013’s Stravinsky Festival, the choir, NOVUS NY, and Julian Wachner perform Stravinsky’s Introitus: T.S. Eliot in Memoriam, Threni, Abraham and Isaac and The Flood. View here.

1 pm ET: Wiener Staatsoper presents Janácek’s The Cunning Little Vixen. Conductor: Tomás Netopil, director: Otto Schenk. With Chen Reiss, Roman Trekel, Hyuna Ko, Joseph Dennis, Paolo Rumetz, and Marcus Pelz. Production from April 2016. Register for free and view here

2:30 pm ET: Philharmonie de Paris presents Matiakh conducts Fauré & Strauss. Ariane Matiakh conducts the Orchestre de Paris in Fauré’s Suite from Pelléas et Mélisande and Richard Strauss’s Aus Italien. View here. LIVE

2:30 pm ET: Wigmore Hall presents Ben Johnson & Martin James Bartlett. The British tenor and pianists perform songs by Britten, Schubert, Liszt, Fauré, Hahn, Chopin, Tosti, Coates, and Coward. Register, view here and on demand for 30 days. LIVE

5 pm ET: Getting to Carnegie presents 2021 Final Round. Four young violinists compete from Spain, South Korea, Hong Kong, and the United States. Fifty percent of the vote will come from the audience watching the live stream and the other fifty percent from a jury of professional musicians including the past six winners (Haeji Kim violin, Chae won Hong cello, Emily Helenbrook voice, Nathan Meltzer violin, Rachel Siu cello, and Brianna Robinson voice) and violinist Dmitri Berlinsky. The finalists will each play a movement from Julian Gargiulo’s new Violin Sonata. More information on voting and view here. Voting open for 48 hours with the winner announced Jan 14 at 5 pm ET.  

7 pm ET: Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal presents Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. Montreal conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni leads the OSM in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer featuring OSM Artist-in-Residence Marie-Nicole Lemieux, and Ana Sokolovic’s Concerto for Orchestra. Tickets $20. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Massenet’s Thaïs. Starring Renée Fleming, Michael Schade, and Thomas Hampson, conducted by Jesús López-Cobos. From December 20, 2008. View here and for 24 hours.

8 pm ET: Prototype Festival presents Modulation. A ground-breaking exploration of how opera and theater can adapt to the digital format. Audience members choose their path through a series of musical and visual experiences that grapple with themes of isolation, identity, and fear. The digital and design experience is created in partnership with Imaginary Places and the 13 works that make up the experience are composed by some of the most provocative voices in contemporary music: Jojo Abot, Sahba Aminikia, Juhi Bansal, Raven Chacon, Carmina Escobar, Yvette Jackson, Molly Joyce, Jimmy López, Angelica Negrón, Paul Pinto, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Joel Thompson, and Bora Yoon. Tickets $25. View here and available until January 16.

Wednesday, January 13

8 am ET: Wigmore Hall presents Jack Sheen, Britten Sinfonia & Jennifer France. An eclectic concert of lunchtime chamber music ranging from arrangements of 12th-century music by Hildegard von Bingen to a new work by the exciting young Manchester-born composer-conductor Jack Sheen. Knussen’s whimsical Hums and Songs of Winnie the Pooh completes the program. Register, view here and on demand for 30 days. LIVE

12 pm ET: Kronberg Academy presents Kirill Gerstein in an online seminar with author and cellist Elizabeth Wilson discussing the subject of her upcoming book, the great Russian pianist Maria Yudina. Wilson follows Yudina's life story within the context of the rousing and difficult times she lived in, times which defined and destroyed so many individual destinies, as well as the fate of Russia itself. Register here for the free Zoom seminar. LIVE

1 pm ET: The Choir of Trinity Wall Street presents Comfort at One. From 2013’s Stravinsky Festival, the choir, NOVUS NY, and Julian Wachner perform Stravinsky’s Canticum Sacrum, A Sermon, A Narrative and A Prayer, Bach’s Choral-variationen: über das Weihnachtslied “Vom Himmel hoch da komm' ich her,” Elegy for J.F.K, In Memoriam Dylan Thomas and Requiem Canticles, featuring Dashon Burton, Mellissa Hughes, Luthien Brackett, Melissa Attebury, Eric Dudley, Steven Caldicott Wilson, Christopher Dylan Herbert, Geoffrey Silver, Adam Alexander, and Kelvin Chan. View here.

1 pm ET: Wiener Staatsoper presents Wagner’s Götterdämmerung. Conductor: Adam Fischer, director: Sven-Eric Bechtolf. With Christian Franz, Linda Watson, Eric Halfvarson, and Jochen Schmeckenbecher. Production from January 2016. Register for free and view here

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: conductor, composer, and pianist, Dinuk Wijerhatne. View here. LIVE

2:30 pm ET: Wigmore Hall presents The Hermes Experiment. The contemporary British ensemble consisting of harp, clarinet, soprano and double bass performs music, with the composers of all but two of the works active today and four pieces arranged by members of the group. Composers include Barbara Strozzi, Anna Meredith, Lili Boulanger, Alex Mills, Freya Waley-Cohen, Helen Grime, Philip Venables, Misha Mullov-Abbado, Emily Hall, and Oliver Leith. Register, view here and on demand for 30 days. LIVE

2:30 pm Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra presents Love Lost & Found. David Hill conducts the BSO in Richard Strauss’s Träumerei am Kamin and Brahms’s Symphony No. 2. Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston sings Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer. Tickets £9 and view here and on demand for 30 days. LIVE

5 pm ET: American Composers Orchestra presents Composer to Composer. Gabriela Lena Frank talks with William Bolcom about his Symphony No. 9, from 2012, of which Bolcom writes, “Today our greatest enemy is our inability to listen to each other, which seems to worsen with time… yet there is a ‘still, small voice’ that refuses to disappear… I pin my hope on that voice. I search for it daily in life and in music—and possibly the Ninth Symphony is a search for that soft sound.” Register and view here.

6 pm ET: Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presents Dover Quartet & Bridget Kibbey. The quartet and harpist perform an all-Bach program comprising arrangements of Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565, Sonata in G Minor, BWV 1020, Harpsichord Concerto in F Minor, BWV 1056, Art of Fugue, BWV 1080: Contrapunctus 1-4, and Brandenburg Concerto in G, BWV 1048. View here and for 72 hours.

6:30 pm ET: MasterVoices presents Adam Guettel’s Myths and Hymns. Inspired by Greek myths and a 19th-century Presbyterian hymnal, Guettel’s 1998 cycle is a kaleidoscopic collection of musical genres exploring the nature of faith and longing in a secular world. In an online staging conceived by Ted Sperling, short musical films illustrate the protagonist’s exploration of Flight, Work, Love, and Faith. The first chapter, Flight, features the MasterVoices chorus, duo pianists Anderson & Roe, a cappella gospel music group Take 6, and soloists including Julia Bullock, Renée Fleming, Capathia Jenkins, Norm Lewis, and Kelli O'Hara. View here. **

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. Starring Renée Fleming, Christine Schäfer, Susan Graham, Eric Cutler, Thomas Allen, and Kristinn Sigmundsson, conducted by Edo de Waart. From January 9, 2010. View here and for 24 hours. **

Thursday, January 14

7 am ET: The Hallé presents Winter Season Episode 3. The concert begins with U.K. Poet Laureate Simon Armitage reading his poem the event horizon followed by Copland’s Quiet City, the world premiere of Hannah Kendall’s Where is the Chariot of Fire?, Glazunov’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone, and Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite. With conductor Jonathon Heyward and Jess Gillam, saxophone. Tickets £14. View here and on demand until March 10, 2021.

12 pm ET: Boston Symphony Orchestra presents BSO Online. Stefan Asbury leads a program including Thomas Adès’ Dawn, Debussy’s Printemps, Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending with violin soloist Elena Urioste, and Smetana’s The Moldau. Boston Symphony Chamber Players, with guest conductor Jorge Soto, perform Elena Langer’s Five Reflections on Water. Access $100 or register for free trial. View here for 30 days.

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 on demand.

1 pm ET: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic presents Alan Gilbert conducts Mahler. RSPO conductor laureate Alan Gilbert conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with soprano Elin Rombo. View here.

1 pm ET: The Choir of Trinity Wall Street presents Comfort at One. From 2013’s Stravinsky Festival, the choir, NOVUS NY, and Julian Wachner perform Stravinsky’s Three Sacred Choruses, Anthem: The Dove Descending Breaks the Air, Symphony of Psalms and Cantata, with soloists Marguerite Krull and Stephen Sands. View here.

1 pm ET: Wiener Staatsoper presents Verdi’s Falstaff. Conductor: Zubin Mehta, director: David McVicar. With Ambrogio Maestri, Ludovic Tézier, Paolo Fanale, Carmen Giannattasio, and Hila Fahim. Production from December 2016. Register for free and view here

2:30 pm ET: Wigmore Hall presents Alina Ibragimova & Cédric Tiberghien. The duo’s program includes Mendelssohn’s violin sonata which was lost until it was revived in the 1950s by Yehudi Menuhin. Prokofiev originally wrote the Five Melodies as vocalises for the Ukrainian soprano Nina Koshetz but recomposed them as miniatures for violin and piano. The evening ends with Franck’s Sonata in A. Register, view here and on demand for 30 days. LIVE

7 pm ET: The Cleveland Orchestra presents Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. In 2018, honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary year of his death, The Cleveland Orchestra presented this community concert led by Music Director Franz Welser-Möst. Program: Beethoven’s Overture to Egmont, Walker’s Lyric for Strings, Down by the Riverside, Respighi’s Pines of the Appian Way, Battle Hymn of the Republic, Precious Lord, Lift Every Voice and Sing. With James Pickens, Jr. narrator, Ryan Speedo Green bass-baritone, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus (William Henry Caldwell, director). View here until April 14.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Rossini’s Armida. Starring Renée Fleming, Lawrence Brownlee, Barry Banks, John Osborn, and Kobie van Rensburg, conducted by Riccardo Frizza. From May 1, 2010. View here and for 24 hours.

8:30 pm ET: Fort Worth Opera presents Bernadette’s Cozy Book Nook. Joe Illick and Mark Campbell’s new opera is directed and edited by Cara Consilvio. Singers Brenda Harris, Donnie Ray Albert, Joyce Castle, William Burden, and Gabrielle Gilliam appear with pianist Aldo López-Gavilán and the Harlem Quartet led by music director and sound editor Andrew Whitfield. On April 27, 2020, a book club with four retirees meets online for the first time because of the pandemic. Bernadette, the club's president, tightens her grip as the members are joined on Zoom by her niece Eleanor, a recent graduate of Yale, to discuss the book of the month: Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. In forty minutes, technology falters, political lines are sharply drawn, and Bernadette's book club becomes anything but cozy. Tickets from $25. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents Mainstage: Enchanting Serenades. Archival performances of Dohnányi’s Serenade in C for Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 10, Wolf’s Italian Serenade for String Quartet, and Beethoven’s Serenade in D for Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 8. With Arnaud Sussmann, violin, Paul Neubauer, viola, Paul Watkins, cello, Orion String Quartet, Francisco Fullana, violin, and Mihai Marica, cello. View here and on demand for one week.

7:30 pm ET: Detroit Symphony Orchestra presents Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20.     Eduardo Strausser conducts the DSO in Haydn’s Overture to L’isola disabitata, H Ia:13 and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466 with soloist Eric Lu. Tickets $12. View here.

8 pm ET: The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Mozart’s Oboe Concerto. Yannick Nézet-Séguin?conducts Saint-Georges’s?Symphony No. 2, Mozart’s?Oboe Concerto with soloist Philippe Tondre, and Haydn’s?Symphony No. 44, Trauersinfonie. Tickets $17. View here and on demand until January 21. LIVE

8 pm ET: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra presents Tyshawn Sorey’s For Roscoe Mitchell. A combination of classic and contemporary pairing the work of Haydn alongside 2017 MacArthur fellow Tyshawn Sorey. The program opens with Vaughan Williams's Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. Cellist Seth Parker Woods performs Sorey's For Roscoe Mitchell joining the ASO under the baton of Russian conductor Maxim Emelyanychev. Tickets $20. View here.

8 pm ET: Tippet Rise presents Anderson & Roe. From 2019, the piano duo performs Stravinsky’s The Adoration of the Earth from The Rite of Spring, Piazzolla’s Primavera Porteña, Oblivion, and Libertango, Gluck’s Ballet from Orfeo ed Euridice, and Bernstein’s West Side Story Suite. This event will begin with a live conversation between the musicians and the art center’s co-founder Peter Halstead and artistic advisor Pedja Muzijevic. View here.

9 pm ET: Grand Teton Music Festival presents GTMF On Location: Houston. A digital chamber music series featuring small ensembles, recorded and produced remotely in the home cities of Festival Orchestra musicians across the country. Program: Brahms’s Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 (1st and 4th Mvts), Mozart’s Flute Quartet No. 1 in D, K. 285 (1st Mvt), Reicha’s Wind Quintet in E-flat, Op. 88, No. 2, and Farkas’s Early Hungarian Dances from the 17th Century. View here and on demand.

10 pm ET: Cal Performances presents Julia Bullock. Bullock won praise for her performance as the leading role in John Adams's Girls of the Golden West (2017). With pianist Laura Poe she presents three arias from the opera alongside Lieder and song by Wolf, Schumann, Weill, Still, Bonds, and Richard Rodgers. Tickets $15. View here.

Friday, January 15

6:15 am ET: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic presents Haydn & Caroline Shaw. RSPO musicians play Caroline Shaw’s Entr’acte for string quartet and Haydn’s String Quartet in F Op. 77:2. View here.

10 am ET: The Sphinx Organization presents Sphinx Competition Junior and Senior Semi-finals. The national competition offers young Black and Latinx classical string players a chance to compete under the guidance of an internationally renowned panel of judges, and to perform with and receive mentorship from established professional musicians. Prizes range from $3,000 to the top $50,000 Robert Frederick Smith Prize. View here.

1 pm ET: IDAGIO presents Jean-Guihen Queyras: Bach Cello Suites. Queyras takes a journey into the secrets of one of the most famous works for cello solo. This episode—Suite 5, Sarabande: The least and the most—explores how Bach reaches for metaphysical timelessness through asceticism. View here. LIVE

1 pm ET: Wiener Staatsoper presents Dvorák’s Rusalka. Conductor: Tomás Hanus, director: Sven-Eric Bechtolf. With Piotr Beczala, Olga Bezsmertna, Jongmin Park, Elena Zhidkova, and Monika Bohinec. Production from February 2020. Register for free and view here

2 pm ET: DG Stage presents Mao Fujita. Winner of the silver medal at the 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition, Japanese pianist Mao Fujita gives a recital in Berlin opening with Mozart’s Sonata No. 3. He then performs Tchaikovsky’s Romance and Dumka before tackling Alkan’s demanding Le Festin d’Ésope, 25 variations on an original theme. He ends with two pieces by Ravel: the Pavane pour une infante défunte and the composer’s own transcription of his orchestral work La Valse. Tickets Euro 9.90. View here.

2 pm ET: Elbphilharmonie presents Nima Quartett. From Hamburg’s Rolf-Liebermann-Studio, the Nima Quartett plays Beethoven’s String Quartet No 12 and Schubert’s String Quintet in C. View here. LIVE

2 pm ET: Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino presents Donizetti’s Linda di Chamounix. Michele Gamba conducts Cesare Lievi’s production with Jessica Pratt, Francesco Demuro, and Michele Pertusi in the cast. View here.

2:30 pm ET: Wigmore Hall presents Harriet Burns, John Mark Ainsley & Malcolm Martineau. In “Gounod and Georgina,” the artists explore the tumultuous relationship between composer Charles Gounod and Georgina Weldon, a singer and vocal teacher he met during his time in London to escape the Franco-Prussian war of 1870. With Petroc Trelawny, narratorAnd Henrietta Bredin, director.  Register, view here and on demand for 30 days. LIVE

2:30 pm ET: IDAGIO Global Concert Hall presents Nature and Life 2. In the second of two programs, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia is conducted by Daniele Gatti for Haydn's rarely performed The Tempest, and Markus Werba offers a further selection from Mahler's Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn. The concert concludes with Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony. Tickets $7. View here. LIVE

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Richard Strauss’s Capriccio. Starring Renée Fleming, Sarah Connolly, Joseph Kaiser, Russell Braun, Morten Frank Larsen, and Peter Rose, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. From April 23, 2011. View here and for 24 hours. **

7:30 pm ET: Detroit Symphony Orchestra presents The First Romantics. Eduardo Strausser conducts the DSO in Mendelssohn’s Sinfonia No. 10 in B minor for String Orchestra and Méhul’s Symphony No. 1 in G minor. Tickets $12. View here.

8 pm ET: UChicago presents Ohrwurm: Tabea Debus & Alon Sariel. Recorder virtuoso Tabea Debus joins lutenist Alon Sariel to explore how tunes and dances wormed their way into many aspects of music-making in 17th- and 18th-century Europe—and testifies to the earworm’s place in modern life through contemporary compositions written for the duo. Tickets $15 (Free for UChicago Students). View here until January 17.

8:30 ET: New Orleans Opera Guild presents Bryan Hymel & Irini Kyriakidou. Favorite operatic arias and duets led by conductor Robert Lyall and featuring pianist Michael Borowitz and a string quintet from the Louisiana Philharmonic. The stream includes an exclusive tour of the historic Opera Guild Home and its treasures. Tickets $20. View here.

9 pm ET: Minnesota Orchestra presents Symphonies & Surprises. Osmo Vänskä conducts Saint-Georges’s Symphony No. 1 and Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto with soloist Fei Xie. Canzoni by Gabrieli, Bozza’s Trois Pièces pour une Musique de Nuit, and Françaix’s Quartet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon complete the program. View here.

Saturday, January 16

12 pm ET: Opernhaus Zürich presents Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera. David Pountney staged Un Ballo in Maschera as a play within a play in which Gustavo appears to have confused global politics with a theatrical performance, the control of which is increasingly slipping out of his hands. Fabio Luisi conducts with Otar Jorjikia as the Swedish monarch Gustavo III, George Petean as his rival Renato, Sondra Radvanovsky as Gustavo’s secret love Amelia, and Marie-Nicole Lemieux as Ulrica. View here until January 17.

1 pm ET: San Francisco Opera presents Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. SFO’s 2019 production features the role debuts of Samoan-born New Zealand tenor Pene Pati as Romeo and American soprano Nadine Sierra as Juliet. The cast also includes Lucas Meachem as Mercutio, James Creswell as Friar Lawrence, and Timothy Mix as Count Capulet. The Teatro Carlo Felice and Opéra de Monte-Carlo co-production is conceived by director Jean-Louis Grinda. Yves Abel leads the SFO Orchestra. View here until midnight the following day.

1 pm ET: Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall presents Kirill Petrenko conducts Francesca da Rimini. The BPO chief conductor leads Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet followed by a concert performance of Rachmaninov’s Francesca da Rimini with Kristina Mkhitaryan (Francesca), Dmytro Popov (Paolo), Vladislav Sulimsky (Lanceotto), Maxim Kuzmin-Karavaev (Vergil), Dmitry Golovnin (Dante), and the Rundfunkchor Berlin. Tickets EUR 9.90. View here. LIVE

1 pm ET: OperaVision presents Saariaho’s The Passion of Simone. How many lives can a person live in just 34 years? The French-Jewish philosopher and mystic Simone Weil took part in the Spanish Civil War, worked in a refugee camp, in a factory, and as a teacher. The work is a collaboration between Finnish composer and Polar Prize laureate Kaija Saariaho and French-Lebanese author Amin Maalouf. Based on the structure of Bach’s Passions, Saariaho’s suspenseful score, performed by Anne Sofie von Otter, immerses the listener in Weil’s life and thoughts. View here for six months.

1 pm ET: Wiener Staatsoper presents Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. Conductor: Philippe Jordan, director: Otto Schenk. With Martina Serafin, Daniela Sindram, Günther Groissböck, Erin Morley, and Jochen Schmeckenbecher. Production from December 2020. Register for free and view here

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Handel’s Rodelinda. Starring Renée Fleming, Stephanie Blythe, Andreas Scholl, Iestyn Davies, Joseph Kaiser, and Shenyang, conducted by Harry Bicket. From December 3, 2011. View here and for 24 hours.

9 pm ET: Houston Symphony presents Midori Plays Beethoven. Midori joins the Houston Symphony for Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. The Symphony also performs Gabriela Lena Frank’s Elegía Andina and Kevin Day’s Lightspeed. Tickets $20. View here. LIVE

9 pm ET: St Paul Chamber Orchestra presents Jeremy Denk plays Beethoven. Composer, commentator, and artistic partner of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras Rob Kapilow reveals the inner workings of two Beethoven compositions. The broadcast begins with the Coriolan Overture followed by Kapilow’s 15-minute discussion. Jeremy Denk’s 2017 performance of Piano Concerto No. 4 closes the evening. View here and repeated at 11 pm ET.

Sunday, January 17

1 pm ET: Wiener Staatsoper presents Berg’s Lulu. Conductor: Ingo Metzmacher, director: Willy Decker. With Agneta Eichenholz, Bo Skovhus, Charles Workman, Angela Denoke, and Franz Grundheber. Production from December 2017. Register for free and view here. ** 

1 pm ET: Wiener Staatsoper presents Berg’s Lulu. Conductor: Ingo Metzmacher, director: Willy Decker. With Agneta Eichenholz, Bo Skovhus, Charles Workman, Angela Denoke, and Franz Grundheber. Production from December 2017. Register for free and view here. ** 

2 pm ET: National Philharmonic presents Music That Travels Through Space. Seven instrumentalists take a musical journey through space, exploring the universe, the moon, and the stars with accompanying images and videos supplied by NASA. Program: Coleman’s Acquainted with the Night and Nova, Boulanger’s Nocturne pour violon et piano, Golijov’s Tenebrae arranged for string quartet, Ponce’s Estrellita, Adolpha Le Beau’s Nachtstück, Cooman’s Moon Marked, and Debussy’s Beau Soir. View here.

4 pm ET: The Gilmore presents Ingrid Fliter. The 2006 Gilmore Artist brings her warmth and passion to a program of Beethoven and Chopin, composers whose works are intimately connected to her artistry. Suggested donation $7-$55. View here.

4 pm ET: Our Concerts Live presents Concertos from the Inside: Week 2, Glazunov. In this weekly 24-part series, Rachel Barton Pine performs the entire solo violin part of the greatest violin concertos unaccompanied and shares her perspective on each, explaining how she prepares to play it and how her performance connects to the work’s historical and musical context. The series is geared towards career violinists, advanced students, violin teachers, and violin aficionados. Tickets $20. Register and view here.

7 pm ET: Pioneer Valley Symphony presents Musical Mosaic: America's Composers of Color. Composers and expert scholars share research, work and life experience to illuminate the rich contributions of Black, Indigenous, Asian, Latinx and Arab composers. In Episode 1, Celebrating Black Composers, Marques L. A. Garrett shares the music of often overlooked Black choral composers and their lasting influence on American music. Tickets $15. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Met Opera Streams presents Dvorák’s Rusalka. Starring Renée Fleming, Emily Magee, Dolora Zajick, Piotr Beczala, and John Relyea, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. From February 8, 2014. View here and for 24 hours.

10 pm ET: Music@Menlo presents Mutual Admiration: Gershwin and Ravel. Violinist Kristin Lee and pianist Orion Weiss explore France and America in musical synergy with works by Gershwin and Ravel. Program includes Ravel’s Violin Sonata No. 2 in G, Op. 45 and Tzigane, alongside Five Selections from Porgy and Bess for Violin and Piano (arr. Heifetz). Tickets $25. View here and for one week.

Monday, January 18

1 pm ET: Wiener Staatsoper presents Giselle. Conductor: Valery Ovsyanikov, choreography: Elena Tschernischova after Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, and Marius Petipa. With Nina Poláková, Masayu Kimoto, Rebecca Horner, Andrey Kaydanovskiy, Alice Firenze, Leonardo Basílio, and Soloists and Corps de ballet des Wiener Staatsballetts. Production from September 2017. Register for free and view here

2:30 pm ET: Philharmonie de Paris presents Casadesus conducts Debussy, Ravel, Schumann & Beethoven. Jean-Claude Casadesus conducts the Orchestre du Conservatoire de Paris in a Franco-German program of Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante défunte Schumann’s Piano Concerto with soloist David Kadouch, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1. View here. LIVE

7 pm ET: Philadelphia Orchestra presents Martin Luther King, Jr., Tribute Concert. The concert will feature new and archived performances, including Patrice Hawthorne and a string quartet performing the spiritual “Go Tell It on the Mountain” from the Historic Belmont Mansion/Underground Railroad Museum and a performance of Ajibola Rivers’s Rumba from Harriett’s Bookshop. Laurin Talese joins Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestra for “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” known as the Black national anthem. Members of the brass section will perform Giancarlo Castro’s Diversity and Charlotte Blake Alston will narrate excerpts from Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, set to Barber’s Adagio for Strings. The broadcast will also highlight prominent Philadelphians who are carrying on Dr. King’s vital work today. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Met Opera Streams presents Bizet’s Carmen. Starring Anita Hartig, Anita Rachvelishvili, Aleksandrs Antonenko, and Ildar Abdrazakov, conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado. From November 1, 2014. View here and for 24 hours.

7:30 pm ET: SalonEra presents Behind the Scenes. SalonEra’s production team and Artists in Residence go behind the scenes for a look at how episodes and remote collaborations come together with fall highlights and a preview of what’s to come. 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 Opera Project
First Glimpse is a video album of 20 songs created during the first year of AOP’s 2019-21 fellowship program, Composers & the Voice. Originally intended as a live concert, the videos will be released every Friday beginning October 23 and for the following six weeks. The composers are Alaina Ferris, Matt Frey, Michael Lanci, Mary Prescott, Jessica Rudman and Tony Solitro, with librettists Amanda Hollander and Jonathan Douglass Turner. Videos will be free for one week following their release, after which they will be available to rent or purchase, individually or as a full set through AOP's Website. Explore 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.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
BSO Sessions continues to bring the stories of BSO musicians, conductors, and collaborators to life through a documentary-style narrative. In addition to the first three episodes currently available upcoming episodes celebrate a responsible return of winds and brass to the stage, as well as the series debut of Music Director Marin Alsop and Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly. Assistant Conductor Jonathan Rush interviews film composer Michael Abels and Artistic Partner Wordsmith joins in a special holiday episode with a new rendition of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Explore here.

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.

Bergen Philharmonic
Bergen’s outstanding orchestra enjoys national status in Norway with a history dating back to 1765. Its free streaming service was established as part of 250-year anniversary in 2015 and offers a fine selection of works from its concert series in Grieghallen, Bergen. Conductors include Edward Gardner, James Gaffigan, Thierry Fischer, David Zinman, Neeme Järvi, Jukka Pekka Saraste, Nathalie Stutzmann, and Christian Zacharias with soloists including Leif Ove Andsnes, Lise Davidsen, Truls Mørk, Mari Eriksmoen, and Freddy Kempf. Well worth exploring here.

Carnegie Hall
More than 200 teen musicians hailing from 41 states across the US came together in July 2020 as an online virtual community to form three musical ensembles: the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), NYO2, and NYO Jazz. All three ensembles recorded exuberant virtual performance videos during the residency, directed by Emmy Award-winner Habib Azar. The first four videos—Valerie Coleman’s Umoja by the musicians of NYO-USA; a unique adaptation of Grieg’s Morning Mood by NYO2; and Thad Jones’s Cherry Juice and Wycliffe Gordon’s We’re Still Here by NYO Jazz—are now available for viewing. Explore here.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Concert videos filmed at restaurants, shops, Cleveland Clinic, and iconic locations throughout Greater Cleveland will be released weekly on social media starting November 23. Cleveland Orchestra assistant concertmaster Jessica Lee and her colleagues created these videos to share the power of music with healthcare workers, patients, and the community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This series of 7-10 videos will be released weekly as part of the Music Medicine Initiative: The Power of Music for Health and Well-Being, a community collaboration between The Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Clinic’s Art + Design Institute. Explore here.

Cliburn Kids
The Cliburn launches its expanded, robust online music education program for elementary-school students. Created as a resource for school districts, teachers, and parents, the initiative includes 27 lesson plans to date, each with a seven- to ten-minute video, and corresponding individual and class activities that meet objectives of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). New episodes and lesson plans are released every Tuesday of the 2020–2021 school year for a total of more than 50 by May 2021. Explore here.

Daniel Hope: Hope@Home, Next Generation
With the return of restrictions throughout Europe, violinist Daniel Hope is once again playing live from his Berlin living room every evening. As he explains: “I think it is important now for established artists to use their influence to help the next generation, so that they have a chance in the future. That is why I have decided to restart Hope@Home, as well as to reconnect to people in lockdown around the world. Selected mentors will present young, freelance artists. All artists will receive a fee for their performances, and we will adhere to all COVID-19 regulations.” Mentors—performing either virtually or live—include Christoph Eschenbach, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Renaud Capuçon, Sol Gabetta, and Sarah Willis. View here with episodes archived 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: Arts Across America: Winter Traditions
As millions across the United States will be altering traditions to keep friends, loved ones, and neighbors safe, the Kennedy Center will be sharing performances from across the country and numerous communities and cultures to celebrate traditions held dear. Highlights include performances from Renée Fleming, Amythyst Kiah, Broadway’s Austin Colby, Caroline Bowman, and Nicholas Ward, Los Texmaniacs celebrating their own Texas miracle following a battle with COVID-19, and D.C. favorites DuPont Brass, Aaron Myers, and Chuck Redd. Explore Winer Traditions here and other Kennedy Center regular online releases via their digital stage here.

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.

NEW: Leipzig Gewandhaus
Instead of the traditional New Year’s Eve Concert with the Gewandhausorchester playing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Piano Duo Shalamov played Liszt's version for two pianos, here expanded with Beethoven’s original timpani part played by Gewandhaus timpanist Tom Greenleaves. The performance is available 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 Lincoln Center Passport to the Arts
A variety of virtual classes, performances, and bonus content designed for children, teens and adults with disabilities and their families. Offerings include programs with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, New York City Ballet, the New York Philharmonic, and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Families can attend dance, music or drama classes, watch exclusive performances, check out behind-the-scenes content, and even meet performers—all from their homes. Families will receive pre-visit materials, including social narratives, photos, and links before each program. All programs take place via Zoom. Register 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.

Metropolitan Opera Live In Schools
The Metropolitan Opera’s HD Live in Schools program has launched a new series for the 2020–21 school year, creating cross-disciplinary educational opportunities across the country. For the 2020–21 school year, students and teachers will receive free subscriptions to the Met Opera on Demand service, with a catalogue of more than 700 Live in HD presentations, classic telecasts, and radio broadcasts. Ten operas have been selected for the HD Live in Schools program, and will be presented in five educational units, with two thematically paired operas per unit. The series opens with Beethoven’s Fidelio and Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment (September 28–October 16), both of which explore the intersection of music and politics. The Met will continue to offer teachers HD Live in Schools Educator Guides and access to Google Classroom materials that can be adapted for virtual learning lesson plans. In addition, the Met’s National Educators Conference will be hosted on a virtual platform this year and take place on five Saturdays throughout the 2020–21 school year. Two conferences, scheduled for October 10, 2020, and October 17, 2020, will also feature live conversations with Met artists. 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.

NEW: Opera Saratoga
As cases of the coronavirus continue to increase across the country, Opera Saratoga has converted its popular in-school OPERA-TO-GO tour into an interactive, virtual program to ensure safety while continuing to provide a unique and enriching arts education experience. The new program will feature the digital world premiere of The Selfish Giant, a new one-act opera based on the short story by Oscar Wilde, written by Brazilian-American composer Clarice Assad and librettist Lila Palmer, commissioned by American Lyric Theater in New York City specifically for young audiences. Register here before January 22.

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.

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra: Beethoven at Home
RPO bring Beethoven to living rooms in December playing all nine symphonies. The musicians will perform the first eight symphonies in small chamber ensembles varying from a string sextet to a 15-strong brass ensemble. The Grand Finale takes place on New Year’s Eve: Beethoven’s Ninth, played by the full orchestra with chorus and soloists. View 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.

NEW: The Sixteen Choral Odyssey
Actor Sir Simon Russell Beale, Harry Christophers and The Sixteen have recorded a special, five-part series. A Choral Odyssey explores choral music from across the ages in iconic, relevant surroundings—from Byrd in Elizabeth I’s childhood home of Hatfield House, to Purcell in the reconstructed 17th-century theatre of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at London's Globe Theatre. With a mix of conversation, music demonstration and performance, these programs reunite Harry Christophers and Simon Russell Beale—a partnership which proved successful in the popular BBC Sacred Music series—and feature performers from The Sixteen. Tickets £10 per episode. View here until March 31.

NEW: Sparks & Wiry Cries
2021’s songSLAM festival opens virtually on Monday, January 11 at 5 pm ET and continuing with 12 days. The festival will feature 14 emerging composer/performer teams presenting new art song compositions, recorded in November at New York City’s Blue Building. In this year’s virtual format, audiences can vote-by-text for as little as $1 per vote and the teams to generate the most funds will win cash prizes. One composer will also earn mentorship from Tom Cipullo, and a panel of judges including mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, bass-baritone Eric Owens, composer Reinaldo Moya and Sparks’ Co-Artistic Directors Erika Switzer and Martha Guth will choose their favorite composer from the pool of submissions and commission an additional work to be premiered during the 2022 songSLAM festival. After the winners are announced on Friday, January 22 at 9 pm ET, the online festival will conclude with two world-premieres. All performances are free to the public. Explore here.

The Sphinx Organization
Dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts, Sphinx is presenting SphinxConnect 2021: UNITY! online from January 28 to 30. This year’s convening features over 70 speakers. Highlights include an opening session with Elizabeth Alexander, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation President, and a closing session with pianist and 2014 Sphinx Medalist Damien Sneed. Panels include: Artful Resilience: How Musicians Innovate in Crisis, Socially Vocal: A Discussion on Race and Identity in the Arts, This is Everyone's Fight: How Philanthropic Institutions Stepped Forth to Support Artists and BIPOC Institutions with speakers including Jenny Bilfield, Clive Gillinson, and Deborah Rutter. Th Digital sessions are interactive, and participants will have opportunities for one-on-one networking with panelists during the three-day conference. Tickets are $150 as well as a “Pay What You Are Able” option to minimize attendance barriers. 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.

University of Colorado Boulder
University of Colorado Boulder College of Music faculty artists perform with students and colleagues in Faculty Tuesdays, chamber music recitals featuring world premieres alongside classics. Free most Tuesdays from September 2020 through March 2021. Upcoming performers include violinist Harumi Rhodes, violist Richard O'Neill, cellist David Requiro, pianist David Korevaar, harpist Janet Harriman, and more. Explore here.

Vertical Player Repertory: The Constitution
VPR is releasing of a series of videos from Benjamin Yarmolinsky’s oratorio The Constitution, a work which played six sold-out live performances in 2019 and was called “an important work,” and “uniformly excellent,” by Musical America. First up is Voting Rights, which sets the text “The right of citizens of the United States, who are 18 years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States, or by any state, on account of age, by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax, on account of sex, on account of race, on account of color, or of previous condition of servitude.” Future releases will include The First Amendment (Treason), The Fifth Amendment (Self-Incrimination), The Sixth Amendment (Impartial Jury), The Eighth Amendment (Cruel and Unusual Punishment), The Thirteenth Amendment (Abolition of Slavery), and The Miranda Warning (a world premiere). Explore here.

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

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

Paid Digital Arts Services

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

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 but single tickets are also available. www.medici.tv

Pictured: The late Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who appears as Rodrigo in the Wiener Staatsoper's free stream of Don Carlo on January 11.

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