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March 8, 2021 | By Clive Paget, Musical America

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

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Monday, March 8

8 am ET: Wigmore Hall presents Isata Kanneh-Mason. The British pianist plays music by Clara Schumann, Natalie Klouda, and Sofia Gubaidulina. Register, view here and on demand for 30 days. LIVE

1 pm ET: Wiener Staatsoper presents Minkus’s Don Quixote. Conductor: Kevin Rhodes, chorography: Rudolf Nurejev. With Maria Yakovleva, Denys Cherevychko, Ketevan Papava, Roman Lazik, Olga Esina, and the Corps des ballet des Wiener Staatsballetts. Production from May 2016. Register for free and view here. LIVE

2 pm ET: Medici.tv presents Marin Alsop conducts Skrowaczewski, Panufnik & Prokofiev. One of the most prominent women in the conducting field, Alsop marks the occasion of International Women's Day while paying tribute to Polish musical genius. The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra performs Stanislaw Skrowaczewski's Concerto for English Horn and Orchestra, Four Hands, a piece for double string orchestra by Roxana Panufnik, and Prokofiev's Symphony No. 1, Classical. View here. LIVE

** 2:15 pm ET: Bayerische Staatsoper presents Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde. Tenor Klaus Florian Vogt, baritone Christian Gerhaher, and pianist Gerold Huber perform Mahler’s orchestral song cycle in a version for piano. View here. LIVE

2:30 pm ET: Wigmore Hall presents Apartment House. The Wigmore Hall Associate Ensemble plays music by Satie, Cage, Mindaugas Urbaitis, Christian Wolff, John Lely, Walter Zimmermann, Jim O'Rourke, and Gerhard Rühm. Register, view here and on demand for 30 days. LIVE

3 pm ET: St John’s Smith Square presents A Century of Music by British Women. For International Women's Day, the London Chamber Ensemble is led by conductor and violinist Madeleine Mitchell in a program that includes Rebecca Clarke’s Piano Trio, Judith Weir’s Atlantic Drift for two violins and The Bagpiper's String Trio, Helen Grime’s Miniatures for oboe and piano, Cheryl-Frances Hoad’s Invocation for cello and piano, Thea Musgrave’s Colloquy, Ruth Gipps’s Prelude for bass clarinet, the world premiere of a new piece by Errollyn Wallen, and Grace Williams’s Suite for Nine Instruments. View here.

7 pm ET: Lawrence Brownlee presents The Sitdown with LB. The tenor’s Facebook Live series returns with an unfiltered and honest look inside the opera industry. This episode: Casting Directors, featuring Diane Zola (The Metropolitan Opera) and Joshua Winograde (Los Angeles Opera). View here. LIVE

** 7:30 pm ET: Met Opera Streams presents Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. Starring Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo, Pablo Elvira, and Renato Capecchi, conducted by James Levine. Production by Gian Carlo Menotti. From March 29, 1980. View here and for 24 hours.

7:30 pm ET: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents Composers in Focus: Jessie Montgomery. Composer and violinist Jessie Montgomery talks with violinist Benjamin Beilman about motivation, influences, inspiration and her work Duo for Violin and Cello, which Montgomery calls an “ode to friendship.” Beilman and cellist Nicholas Canellakis perform the piece, which was newly recorded this season. View here and on demand for a week.

Tuesday, March 9

2 pm ET: Kaufman Music Center presents Tuesday Matinee: Aizuri Quartet. Virtual performance filmed at Oktaven Audio in Mount Vernon New York. The Quartet plays Alberga’s String Quartet No. 1: I. “Détaché et martellato e zehr lebhaft und swing it man,” Giddens’s At the Purchaser’s Option, and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 12 in E-flat, Op. 127. Tickets $15. View here.

** 2:15 pm ET: Czech Philharmonic presents Jakub Hrusa & Alisa Weilerstein. Principal Guest Conductor Jakub Hrusa conduct Elgar’s Cello Concerto with soloist Alisa Weilerstein and Suk’s tone poem A Summer’s Tale. View here. LIVE

** 2:30 pm ET: Wigmore Hall presents Danny Driver. The British pianist performs Fauré’s Thème et Variations in C sharp minor Op. 73, Debussy’s Images, Series 2: “Cloches à travers les feuilles,” Fauré’s Nocturne No. 6 in D flat Op. 63, Ligeti’s Etudes Book II: No. 7 “Galamb boronga” and Etudes Book I: No. 5 “Arc-en-ciel”, and Musorgsky’s Pictures from an Exhibition. Register, view here and on demand for 30 days. LIVE

7 pm ET: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra presents Beethoven & Strauss. JoAnn Falletta conducts with pianist Ray Ushikubo in Turina’s La Oración del Torero (The Bullfighter’s Prayer), Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen, and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat. Tickets $10. View here until April 8.

** 7 pm ET: Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal presents Nagano conducts Beethoven, Poulenc & Hindemith. Kent Nagano conducts the OSM with organist Jean-Willy Kunz in Hindemith’s Kammermusik No. 1, Op. 24, Poulenc’s Organ Concerto in G minor, FP 93, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 36. Tickets $20. View here until March 24.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana & Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. Starring Eva-Maria Westbroek, Jane Bunnell, Marcelo Álvarez, and George Gagnidze; Patricia Racette, Marcelo Álvarez, George Gagnidze, and Lucas Meachem, conducted by Fabio Luisi. Production by Sir David McVicar. From April 25, 2015. View here and for 24 hours.

8 pm ET: New York City Ballet presents Inside NYCB. Showcasing one of the female solos from Stravinsky Violin Concerto, this event includes a conversation and rehearsal session with Principal Dancer Sara Mearns and Soloist Claire Kretzschmar, both of whom have performed the leading female role in the ballet’s First Aria, and Repertory Director Rebecca Krohn. View here until March 18.

8 pm ET: DACAMERA presents Elias String Quartet. The British string quartet performs Schumann’s A Minor Quartet and the U.S. premiere of Sally Beamish’s Quartet No. 4, her response to Schumann’s work. As an encore, the Elias play rousing arrangements of Scottish folk tunes. Register and view here and for one week.

Wednesday, March 10

12 pm ET: Princeton Symphony Orchestra presents The Musical Offering Part 4. Musicians of the PSO perform Bach’s Das Musikalische Opfer (The Musical Offering), BWV 1079 over four episodes, released weekly. PSO assistant conductor Nell Flanders curates the project, which is being individually recorded in musicians’ homes then combined digitally. Each segment is hosted by Flanders who introduces the music in tandem with conversations centering on Bach and his work. View here.

12 pm ET: Apollo’s Fire presents Elegance: The Harper’s Voice. Virtuoso Harpists of the British Isles are led by Parker Ramsay with soprano Amanda Powell. The harp was the voice of the marginalized peoples of the British Isles—Irish, Welsh, and Scots. Ramsay weaves their stories and music into an evening’s event. Six Apollo’s Fire musicians on violins, flute, cello, hammered dulcimer, and plucked instruments join in the music of O’Carolan, Purcell, William Lawes, and Handel. Tickets $20. View here and for 30 days.

12 pm ET: Young Concert Artists presents Steven Banks. The saxophonist is joined by pianist Xak Bjerken and the Zorá Quartet in performances of Carlos Simon’s hear them (World Premiere), Mozart’s Oboe Quartet in F, K. 370, Schumann’s Fantasiestücke Op. 73, Saad Haddad’s A Sonata for When Time Stands Still (World Premiere), and Steven Banks’s Come As You Are (World Premiere). View here. LIVE

12 pm ET: Kronberg Academy presents Kirill Gerstein in an online seminar with choreographer, dancer and director Sasha Waltz who will explain the process of collaboration and give insights into her work using examples of her site-specific performances at the Jewish Museum and Neues Museum in Berlin. In 2021, Waltz’s dance company is beginning an innovative artistic process based on the musical foundation of Terry Riley’s In C. She will speak about this new project during the seminar. Register here for the free Zoom seminar. LIVE

1:30 pm ET: IDAGIO Global Concert Hall presents Sinfonieorchester Basel: Harmony. Russian pianist Anna Vinnitskaya joins the Sinfonieorchester Basel under the baton of Marek Janowski at the Stadtcasino Basel. The concert includes Schumann's Piano Concerto and Richard Strauss's Metamorphosen, commissioned by the Basel music patron Paul Sacher in 1945 in the aftermath of the bombing of Munich. Completing the program is Schubert's Overture in the Italian style, D 590. Tickets £9.90. View here until March 13. LIVE

2:30 pm ET: Wigmore Hall presents Claire Booth & Christopher Glynn. The soprano and pianist perform Poulenc’s La voix humaine. Register, view here and on demand for 30 days. LIVE

** 2:30 pm ET: Philharmonie de Paris presents Niemeyer conducts Poulenc. The Orchestre de Paris is conducted by Corinna Niemeyer with organist Loriane Llorca and harpsichordist Jean Rondeau in an all-Poulenc concert including the Sinfonietta, the Concert champêtre, and the Organ Concerto. View here. LIVE

** 7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur. Starring Anna Netrebko, Anita Rachvelishvili, Piotr Beczala, and Ambrogio Maestri, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. Production by Sir David McVicar. From January 12, 2019. View here and for 24 hours.

8 pm ET: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents BSO Sessions: A Little Night Music. Associate Conductors Nicholas Hersh and Jonathan Rush lead a program of Mozart’s Serenade No. 6, Serenata notturna, Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Dvorák’s Nocturne, Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, Sowande’s African Suite, III. “Lullaby,” Pierné’s Serenade for Strings, and Herbert’s Serenade for Strings, III. “Liebes-Scene.” Tickets $10. View here and on demand.

Thursday, March 11

** 12 pm ET: Boston Symphony Orchestra presents BSO Online. Giancarlo Guerrero leads an all-German program of Weill’s Kleine Dreigroschenmusik (Suite from The Threepenny Opera) and Hindemith’s Concert Music for strings and brass. A chamber music performance features Florence Price’s Five Folksongs in Counterpoint with BSO musicians Bonnie Bewick and Lisa Ji Eun Kim, violins, Daniel Getz, viola, and Alexandre Lecarme, cello. Donate $100 for full access. View here for 30 days.

1:15 pm ET: Midtown Concerts presents Taya Tarasevich-König & Daniel Swenberg. A Schubertiade for Biedermeier early romantic flute and eight-string guitar with music by Schubert, Schumann, and Burgmüller on themes of night and the moon. Selections of songs, nocturnes, and waltzes are taken from period manuscripts and publications (with one exception). View here.

1:30 pm ET: La Monnaie presents The Queen & Her Favorite. La Monnaie’s Donizetti project Bastarda (about the life of Elizabeth I) has been postponed and replaced with a new, but related project. The conflict between love and power is examined in bel canto music through illustrative figures such as Elizabeth I in highlights from Rossini’s Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra and Donizetti’s La favorita. Tickets Euro 10. View here until March 18.

1:30 pm ET: Trondheim Symphony Orchestra & Opera presents Gaffigan conducts Opera Highlights. Newly appointed Principal Guest Conductor James Gaffigan conducts an operatic program featuring highlights from Wagner’s Die Walküre, as well as music by Verdi and Puccini with soprano Marita Sølberg. View here.

** 2 pm ET: Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall presents Bychkov & Batiashvili. Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, considered the epitome of the Romantic violin concerto, features soloist Lisa Batiashvili. Semyon Bychkov also conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker in Dvorák’s Seventh Symphony. Tickets EUR 9.90. View here. LIVE

2 pm ET: Polyphonic Concert Club presents Jennifer Pike. The British violinist opens this first in a series of six concerts from the neoclassical intimacy of St George's Bristol with pianist Petr Limonov. Program: Mozart’s Violin sonata in G, K.301, Szymanowski’s Lullaby and Violin Sonata in D minor, Paganini’s Caprice No. 20 (arr. Szymanowski), and Massenet’s Meditation from Thais. Tickets £95 for the series of six. View here and on demand.

2 pm ET: Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra presents Music Discovery Project. André de Ridder conducts the orchestra with German pop singer Pohlmann and violinist Pekka Kuusisto in music by Mozart, Missy Mazzoli, Schumann, Glass, Debussy, Bach, Bryce Dessner, Grieg, and Pohlmann himself. View here.

** 2:30 pm ET: Wigmore Hall presents Heath Quartet. The quartet performs Bartók’s String Quartet No. 2 BB75 Op. 17 and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 10 in E flat Op. 74, Harp. Register, view here and on demand for 30 days. LIVE

2:30 pm ET: Orchestra Svizzera Italiana presents Alice Sara Ott. Krzysztof Urbanski with pianist Alice Sara Ott in a concert of Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, and Brahms’s Symphony No. 2 in D. View here.

3 pm ET: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra presents Lineage: Julia Bullock. SF Symphony Collaborative Partner and classical vocalist Julia Bullock curates a SoundBox program, featuring members of the SF Symphony and Chorus, pianist Sarah Cahill, and violinist Benjamin Beilman. The century-spanning program bridges defiant contrasts and unearths surprising connections. Tickets $15. View here and on demand.

5 pm ET: The Violin Channel presents Meltzer, Zhu & de Silva. Violinists Nathan Meltzer and Kevin Zhu, and pianist Rohan de Silva perform Jessie Montgomery’s Rhapsody No. 1 for Solo Violin, Bartók’s Rhapsody No. 1 for Violin and Piano, Brahms’s Sonatenatz in C minor, Wieniawski’s Fantasia on Themes from Faust Op. 20, and the “Presto” from Leclair’s Sonata for Two Violins in E minor Op. 3 No. 5. View here.

5 pm ET: WQXR presents Avery Fisher Career Grants. The 2021 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipients will be presented in a pre-produced virtual video ceremony featuring recorded performances from each of the recipients as well as short recipient interviews. View here and repeated at 7 pm ET on March 13.

6 pm ET: National Sawdust presents Hildegard Commission Concert. A concert celebrating the Hildegard Commission—National Sawdust’s commission to support women, trans, and non-binary composers in the early stages of their careers. Featuring the world premieres of three commissioned composers, Flannery Cunningham, Jimena Maldonado, and Sonja Mutic, and four works by competition finalists, Amanda Feery, Lauren Siess, Alicia Jane Turner, and Tan Yuting. A program of new music, voice, dance, visual design, and electronics is led by conductor Raquel Klein, with the National Sawdust Ensemble led by Jeffrey Zeigler, and Constellations Choir vocal and movement artists. View here.

7 pm ET: The Cleveland Orchestra presents In Focus Episode 6: Carmen Suite. Franz Welser-Möst offers a different look at Bizet’s Carmen through the glittering arrangement for string orchestra and percussion, created as a ballet score by Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin for his dancer wife, prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya. View here via TCO’s streaming platform Adella.

7 pm ET: Yevgeny Kutik presents Finding Home. A five-episode docu-recital series based on Kutik’s 2014 album Music from the Suitcase. Each 30-40-minute episode weaves personal storytelling about his family’s emigration from the deteriorating Soviet Union to the U.S. with performances of music that filled their suitcases on the journey. Episode 5, Coda, reflects on Kutik’s family journey, one small journey among millions; a musical tribute of thanks to his community. Featuring Rachmaninov’s Vocalise and Franck’s Sonata. Register and view here until 12 pm ET on March 13.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini. Starring Eva-Maria Westbroek, Marcello Giordani, Robert Brubaker, and Mark Delavan, conducted by Marco Armiliato. Production by Piero Faggioni. From March 16, 2013. View here and for 24 hours.

7:30 pm ET: Detroit Symphony Orchestra presents Mozart’s Jupiter. Nicknamed “Jupiter” for opening chords that reminded listeners of thunderbolts, Mozart’s final symphony is conducted by Armenian-Venezuelan conductor Domingo Hindoyan along with music of Puerto Rican-born composer Robert Sierra. Tickets $12. View here. LIVE

7:30 pm ET: Celebrity Series of Boston presents Hub New Music. Four world premieres performed by Michael Avitabile, flute, Nicholas Brown, clarinet, Alyssa Wang, violin, and Jesse Christeson, cello. Program: Natalie Dietterich’s Dendrochrone, Shaw Pong Liu’s Scenes From Surreality, Dai Wei’s How the Stars Vanish, and Eric Nathan’s Missing Words VI. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents New Milestones III: Scope (Dichotomy & Range). Archival recordings of Andreia Pinto Correia’s Três quadros de Vieira da Silva/Fragmentos Múltiplos for Violin and Viola, Takemitsu’s Rain Tree for Percussion Trio, Jessie Montgomery’s Duo for Violin and Cello, and Alejandro Viñao’s Formas del Viento for Flute and Percussion. With Benjamin Beilman, Matthew Lipman, Nicholas Canellakis, Tara Helen O’Connor, Christopher Froh, Ayano Kataoka, and Ian David Rosenbaum. Intermission features a Q&A with the artists. View here and on demand for one week.

8 pm ET: New York City Ballet presents Stravinsky Violin Concerto. Balanchine’s 1972 neoclassical ballet Stravinsky Violin Concerto, featuring Sterling Hyltin, Ask la Cour, Sara Mearns, and Taylor Stanley. View here until March 18.

Friday, March 12

12 pm ET: Toronto Symphony Orchestra presents Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. TSO concertmaster Jonathan Crow performs as soloist and leads his colleagues in Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. He also leads two works by living composers: “Coqueteos” from Gabriela Lena Frank’s Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout and Sri Lankan–born Canadian composer Dinuk Wijeratne’s “A letter from the After-life” from Two Pop Songs on Antique Poems. Tickets $20. View here until April 1.

1 pm ET: OperaVision presents 20 Shots of Opera. Irish National Opera’s 20 Shots of Opera was conceived, composed, rehearsed, recorded, filmed and edited in just six months by 160 opera professionals from all corners of the artform. These 20 short operas showcase the breadth and depth of Irish operatic talent and have something to say on a huge range of topics: finding human connection, dealing with rejection, grief, illness and death, coping with psychological challenges, protecting the environment, living off-grid, pandemic dating, wetsuits, latex gloves, super-spreaders, Beethoven’s laundry, microbiology, and doughnuts. View here for six months.

1:30 pm ET: Musikkollegium Winterthur presents Barbara Hannigan. Hannigan conducts Musikkollegium Winterthur with mezzo-soprano Ema Nikolovska, tenor Ziad Nehme, and bass Antoin Herrera-López Kessel. Program: Copland’s Music for the Theatre, Haydn’s Symphony No. 90 in C, Hob I:90, and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella. Tickets from $12. View here.

1:30 pm ET: Philharmonie de Paris presents Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. Alexander Briger conducts the Orchestre du Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris and an ensemble of young singers in a performance of Britten’s opera of the supernatural. View here. LIVE

2 pm ET: Medici.tv presents Aziz Shokhakimov conducts Rossini, Mozart & Bizet. Live from Strasbourg's Palais de la Musique et des Congrès, horn player Stefan Dohr joins the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Aziz Shokhakimov. The program starts with Rossini's William Tell Overture, followed by Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 4 and Bizet's Symphony in C. View here. LIVE

2 pm ET: Royal Opera House presents Elite Syncopations. Yasmine Naghdi, Nicol Edmonds, and The Royal Ballet perform Kenneth MacMillan's colorful Ragtime ensemble one-act ballet. Tickets £3. View here until April 11.

2 pm ET: Concertgebouworkest presents Brahms Symphony No. 2. Philippe Jordan makes his Concertgebouworkest debut conducting two works which are more closely related than one might think: Brahms’s Symphony No. 2—streamed here—and Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, which will be streamed on Friday March 19. View here.

2 pm ET: DG Stage presents Puccini’s Tosca. Anna Netrebko plays the title role in Margarethe Wallmann’s 1958 production, filmed live at the Wiener Staatsoper in December 2020. She is joined by her husband, Yusif Eyvazov, as Cavaradossi, and Wolfgang Koch as Scarpia. Bertrand de Billy conducts the Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper. Tickets Euro 9.90. View here.

** 2:30 pm ET: Wigmore Hall presents Steven Osborne 50th Birthday Concert. The British pianist is joined in this birthday concert by soprano Ailish Tynan, clarinetist  Jean Johnson clarinet, violinist Alina Ibragimova, cellist Bjørg Lewis, and fellow pianist Paul Lewis to perform Schubert’s Der Hirt auf dem Felsen D965 and Fantasie in F minor D940, and Ravel’s Miroirs: “La vallée des cloches” and Piano Trio in A minor. Register, view here and on demand for 30 days. LIVE

** 3 pm ET: University of Washington’s Meany Center presents Mark Morris Dance Group: Mozart Dances. Mark Morris’s joyful Mozart Dances is set to three Mozart piano works. In this virtual performance of the evening-length trilogy, the company’s own music ensemble provides live music with scenic design by abstract painter Howard Hodgkin. View here until March 19.

7 pm ET: Mannes Sounds Festival presents A Musical Journey through American History Part II. A series of four concerts that represent a musical journey through American history. Part 2 features works by Ives, Riegger, Cowell, Ruggles, Cage, Beyer, Barber, Hovhaness, Dello Joio, Persichetti, Duke, Liebermann, Bolcom, Bernstein, Glass, Jalbert, and Walker. View here.

7:30 pm ET: New England Conservatory presents NEC Philharmonia. Live from Jordan Hall, NEC Philharmonia and conductor Tristan Rais-Sherman perform Anna Thorvaldsdóttir’s Aequilibria, Tania León’s Indígena, Mozart’s Symphony No. 29 in A, K. 201, and Ibert’s Divertissement. View here. LIVE

** 7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Giordano’s Feodora. Starring Mirella Freni, Ainhoa Arteta, Plácido Domingo, Dwayne Croft, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, conducted by Roberto Abbado. Production by Beppe De Tomasi. From April 26, 1997. View here and for 24 hours.

7:30 pm ET: Rosa Antonelli presents Online Watch Party Part 1. The pianist hosts her Concert at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, presented in remembrance of the lives lost to the current Covid-19 pandemic, and also in celebration of the birthday of Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla. Antonelli will introduce and perform Angel Lasala’s Romancero, Carlos Guastavino’s Two Preludes, Alberto Ginastera’s Dos Danzas Argentinas and Piazzolla’s Four Tangos. Part 2 of the concert will be available for viewing on March 31. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Grand Rapids Symphony presents The Art of the Dance. Orli Shaham joins Music Director Marcelo Lehninger for a live-streamed performance of Poulenc’s Aubade. The “choreographed concerto” for piano and 18 instruments was conceived in the musical whirlwind of late-1920s Paris, and the concert will feature ballet dancers in brand new choreography created specifically for this performance. Tickets $25. View here until April 10.

7:30 pm ET: Detroit Symphony Orchestra presents The Sum of Our Parts. Composer Tania León draws upon her ancestry mixed in French, Spanish, Chinese, African, and Cuban musical heritages, bringing that variety of parts together in her work Indigena, while Baiba Skride performs the first of a two-part set of Mozart violin concertos. Tickets $12. View here.

8 pm ET: Library of Congress presents Michael Tilson Thomas & New World Symphony. Tilson Thomas and Fellows from the New World Symphony feature in a special concert curated for the Concerts from the Library of Congress virtual series. Filmed at Miami Beach's New World Center, the performances will be introduced by MTT and NWS alum Kazem Abdullah. Program: Carlos Simon’s be still and know for Violin, Cello and Piano, Wuorinen’s Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano, and Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion. View here.

8 pm ET: Philadelphia Orchestra presents The Moment that Everything Changed. The Philadelphia Orchestra convened on March 12 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts for what would become its last live, full performance of 2020. Featuring Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6 and the world premiere of Iman Habibi’s Jeder Baum spricht, the concert was presented to an empty Verizon Hall and livestreamed on the Orchestra’s Facebook page. The concert was a significant turning point in the orchestra’s digital transformation. View here for one week.

** 8 pm ET: UChicago presents Miniatures: Members of the Grossman Ensemble. A concert by members of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition’s resident Grossman Ensemble sharing world premiere performances of new duos and trios. Program: Martha Horst’s The Universe Remembers Gravitational Waves, LJ White’s Attractive Forces, Will Myers’s Hollow, Bright, and Dongryul Lee’s Unsmeared, like a bodiless horn. The musicians also reflect on the music that inspires them in a virtual reception following the concert. Register and view here and then on demand. LIVE

8 pm ET: Opera Philadelphia & LA Opera present Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves. Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek’s opera won the inaugural Best New Opera award from the Music Critics Association of North America. Director James Darrah, who guided the world premiere production, presents an uncensored and remastered release of the 2016 recording, featuring color correction by cinematographer and colorist Michael Thomas, remastered sound from George Blood Audio, and a new edit from Active Image Media. With its intense subject matter, violence, language and nudity, Breaking the Waves is recommended for mature audiences only. Tickets from $10. View here.

8 pm ET: Louisiana Philharmonic presents Courtney Bryan & Jennifer Koh. The violinist performs Bryan's Syzygy with the Louisiana Philharmonic and Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto in a concert filmed at New Orleans' Orpheum Theatre. The concert also includes Copland's Appalachian Spring and Clarinet Concerto, and Carlos Simon's This Land. Tickets $20. View here.

8 pm ET: Rhode Island Philharmonic presents Gentle Winds. Stefan Asbury conducts Dvorák's Serenade, the Petite symphonie by Gounod, and Stravinsky's brilliant Symphonies of Wind Instruments. Tickets $40. View here.

8:30 pm ET: Houston Grand Opera presents Live from The Cullen: Jack Swanson. Swanson is best known for his interpretations of Rossini and Donizetti. A finalist in HGO’s 2016 Concert of Arias, he had been set to appear in HGO’s now-canceled La Cenerentola in January 2021; instead, he will perform a digital recital of works that showcase his range, featuring Richard Bado on piano. Register and view here until April 11.

9:30 pm ET: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra presents Close Quarters: The Soldier’s Tale. Stravinsky’s theatrical work, written for septet and three actors, is about a soldier who is tricked by the devil to sell his fiddle for financial gain. Music Director Jaime Martín and Director and Designer James Darrah seek to create a digital series that celebrates collaboration in an age of isolation through classical music performances set to images and art created and processed in a first-of-its-kind digital studio at Wilhardt + Naud. View here.

Saturday, March 13

1 pm ET: San Francisco Opera presents Wagner’s Die Walküre. Francesca Zambello’s staging of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen was filmed at the War Memorial Opera House in summer 2018 and streams across four weekends accompanied by complementary live Ring-related events. Donald Runnicles conducts with Iréne Theorin as Brünnhilde, Greer Grimsley as Wotan, Daniel Brenna as Siegfried, Brandon Jovanovich as Froh and Siegmund, Karita Mattila as Sieglinde, Falk Struckmann as Alberich, Jamie Barton as Fricka, the Second Norn and Waltraute and Ronnita Miller as Erda and the First Norn. View here until midnight the following day.

2:15 pm ET: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra presents Shostakovich Chamber Symphony. Guy Braunstein conducts the RPO in Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony Op. 110a, a work written during one of the darkest periods of his life. Tickets Euro 15. View here until June 1.

2:30 pm ET: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra presents Rattle conducts Brahms, Stravinsky & Haydn. From the Gasteig Philharmonie, Sir Simon Rattle leads the orchestra in Brahms’s Serenade No. 2, Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments, and Haydn’s Symphony No. 90. View here.

5 pm ET: Paracademia presents The Atterbury House Sessions. Violinist Lara St. John curates a series of chamber music concerts celebrating the 150th anniversary of New York’s iconic Atterbury House. This week, PUBLIQuartet. View here.

7 pm ET: Astral Artists presents Pianist Ronaldo Rolim: Watershed. An evening of music and poetry mapping out the trajectory that American society has been collectively traversing since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. At the heart of the program are three variation sets in D minor, a key notorious for its pathos, evoking three different stages of this journey: a stark warning (Mendelssohn's Variations Sérieuses), a march to darkness (Rachmaninov's Corelli Variations), and a path to redemption (Bach-Busoni's Chaconne) Tickets $10. View here and for one week.

** 7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Giordano’s Andrea Chénier. Starring Maria Guleghina, Wendy White, Stephanie Blythe, Luciano Pavarotti, and Juan Pons, conducted by James Levine. Production by Nicolas Joël. From October 15, 1996. View here and for 24 hours.

7:30 pm ET: Peoples’ Symphony Concerts presents Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Wu Han, piano, Chad Hoopes, violin, Paul Neubauer, cello, and Nicholas Canellakis, cello, play Brahms’s Quartet No. 3 in C minor for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 60 and Dvorák’s Quartet in E-flat for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 87. Tickets $50 for five concerts. View here.

** 7:30 pm Tesla Quartet presents A Bartók Journey Part I. The Tesla Quartet journeys through the six string quartets of Béla Bartók. This week, a complete performance of String Quartet No. 1, Sz. 40. For a deeper dive, March 10 at 3 pm ET features a talk by Dr. Dániel Péter Biró, co-editor of The String Quartets of Béla Bartók, and there is a Virtual Open Rehearsal on March 12 at 1 pm ET. Register for complete series and view here.

7:30 pm ET: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents Manfred Honeck Returns. Music Director Manfred Honeck leads the PSO at Heinz Hall for the first time in more than a year. Program: Mozart’s Serenade No. 6 in D for Orchestra, K. 239, Serenata notturna, George Walker’s Lyric for Strings, Messiaen’s “Appel Interstellaire” (Interstellar Call) for Solo Horn from From the Canyons to the Stars…, and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence for String Orchestra. Tickets $15. Register and view here until March 19.

8 pm ET: Duke Performances presents James Ehnes & Orion Weiss. The violinist and pianist perform violin sonatas from across two centuries beginning with a light, lyrical sonatina by Schubert, before moving on to Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 2 in D, which was originally written for flute. The pair will then perform Sonatine, a recent work by Aaron Jay Kernis, before stepping back again to the 19th century and Saint-Saëns’s First Sonata. Tickets $10. View here until March 15.

9 pm ET: Houston Symphony presents Mark Nuccio plays Copland. Commissioned by Benny Goodman, Copland’s Clarinet Concerto is a fusion of jazz and classical. Principal clarinet Mark Nuccio performs it in a concert which also features Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 and music by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson. Tickets $20. View here. LIVE

9 pm ET: San Antonio Symphony presents Classics IV. Lee Mills conducts the SAS with pianist Anton Nel in a program that includes works by Jessie Montgomery, Mozart, and Bartók. Tickets $21. View here.

9:30 pm ET: Boulder Philharmonic presents A Celebration of Cello. A night for cello lovers, featuring a unique double-cello work alongside Schumann’s Cello Concerto reimagined for chamber forces. The program also includes a triple-violin work by the Phil’s own Paul Trapkus and concludes with Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, a musical love letter to his wife, Cosima. Michael Butterman conducts with cellists Zuill Bailey and Charles Lee. Tickets $40. View here until March 27. LIVE

Sunday, March 14

** 2 pm ET: Teatro alla Scala presents Kate Lindsey in Recital. The British mezzo-soprano and pianist Baptiste Trotignon perform music by Kurt Weill, Korngold, Zemlinsky, and Alma Mahler. View here.

2 pm ET: National Philharmonic presents Beethoven@250 Encore. Violinists Nurit Bar-Josef and Jonathan Carney play Beethoven’s two Romances before Piotr Gajewski conducts his Symphony No. 1 in C, Op. 21. View here.

3 pm ET: VOCES8 Live from London, Spring presents Emma Kirkby & Friends. A celebration of Mothering Sunday and broader and deeper meanings of the word “mother”. Kirkby and five colleagues perform music by Hildegard of Bingen, Monteverdi, Merula, Purcell, Clemence de Grandval, Copland, and Margarita Mimi Fariña. Tickets $15 and view here.

3 pm ET: Music Institute of Chicago chorale presents Virtual Performance. Joining the Chorale are nearly 40 international singers, including from Argentina, England, France, Israel, and the U.S. Highlighting the program is a belated celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday with a performance of his Choral Fantasy, Op. 80 joined by pianist Gary Shifrin. The program also includes works by Byrd, Lauridsen, Lowry, Mendelssohn, Tallis, Verdi, and Wessman, as well as traditional songs from around the world. View here.

3 pm ET: Kaufman Music Center presents Week of Musical Action. Building on the success of the 2020 Day of Musical Action, a Week of Musical Action—from March 14-17, 2021—features more than 140 performers. The event provides students, parents, faculty, staff and donors with the opportunity to raise funds to support KMC’s programs while also fostering a sense of community engagement. Performances include Lisa Bielawa, Lucille Chung and Alessio Bax, Sasha Cooke, Paquito D'Rivera, Sir James Galway, Harlem Quartet, JACK Quartet, Nathalie Joachim, Rob Kapilow, Missy Mazzoli and Olivia De Prato, Mark and Maggie O'Connor, Philippe Quint, Davóne Tines, Carol Wincenc and Bryan Wagorn, Seth Parker Woods and Charles Yang and Peter Dugan. With special appearances by Jonathan Biss and Jennifer Koh and performers from all of KMC’s programs. Continues Monday-Wednesday, March 15-17 at 5-8 pm ET. Full details here and view here.

4 pm ET: Our Concerts Live presents Concertos from the Inside: Week 9: Dvorák. In a 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 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.

4 pm ET: The Gilmore presents Evren Ozel. From the Wellspring Theater in Kalamazoo, pianist Evren Ozel performs Bach’s Partita No. 5 in G, BWV 829, Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in E, Op. 109, George Walker’s Piano Sonata No. 5, and Chopin’s Polonaise-fantaisie, Op. 61 and Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 35. Suggested donation $25. View here for 30 days. LIVE

5:30 pm ET: Shriver Hall presents Narek Hakhnazaryan & Armine Grigoryan. Recorded at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall in Hakhnazaryan’s hometown of Yerevan, Armenia, the concert features the duo in Beethoven’s Seven Variations in E-flat Major on Mozart's "Bei Männern", WoO 46, Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro, and Franck’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, plus two works by Armenian composers: Eduard Bagdasarian’s Nocturne and Alexander Grigori Arutiunian’s Impromptu. Tickets $15. View here.

6 pm ET: Friends of Chamber Music Portland presents Modigliani Quartet. The Paris-based quartet performs Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 76, No. 2 and Debussy’s String Quartet Op. 10. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Met Opera Streams presents Puccini’s Tosca. Starring Sonya Yoncheva, Vittorio Grigolo, Ċ½eljko Lucic, and Patrick Carfizzi, conducted by Emmanuel Villaume. Production by Sir David McVicar. From January 27, 2018. View here and for 24 hours.

8 pm ET: Music@Menlo presents Les Parisiennes. Pianist Gilles Vonsattel and Music@Menlo Co-Artistic Director Wu Han perform a program inspired by love, infatuation, and the women that surrounded fin-de-siècle French composers. Fauré’s Dolly Suite, written for the daughter of his mistress, Emma Bardac, is juxtaposed with the Petite Suite written by another of Bardac’s lovers, Debussy. Also included are D’un jardin clair and Cortège by Lili Boulanger. Tickets $25. View here and for one week.

8 pm ET: Hershey Felder presents Puccini. With music from La Bohème, Tosca, Turandot, and more, Felder presents the story of Puccini’s scandalous life, his female characters, and how the real women in his life affected the women he created on stage. The production will be filmed live on location in the places where these events and these compositions and premieres actually took place. With baritone Nathan Gunn, soprano Gianna Corbisiero, and tenor Charles Castronovo. Tickets $55. View here until March 21.

Monday, March 15

** 8 am ET: Wigmore Hall presents Kathryn Rudge & Christopher Glynn. The mezzo-soprano and pianist perform songs by Coates, Finzi, Harty, Quilter, and Vaughan Williams. Register, view here and on demand for 30 days. LIVE

1 pm ET: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra & Bergen National Opera present Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito. BPO Chief Conductor Edward Gardner conducts with the Edvard Grieg Kor and an all-Norwegian cast led by tenor Bror Magnus Tødenes in the title role and soprano Beate Mordal as Vitellia. Rodula Gaitanou directs the new, fully staged production. View here and for one month.

** 1:30 pm ET: IDAGIO Global Concert Hall presents Haydn Night in Basel. Giovanni Antonini conducts Kammerorchester Basel’s 14th Basel Haydn Night. Program: Haydn’s Symphony No. 33 in C, Hob. I:33, Symphony No. 54 in G, Hob. I:54, Sinfonia in D, Hob. Ia:7, and Symphony No.53 in D, L’Impériale, Hob. I:53, version A. The concert is streamed from Don Bosco Basel, Paul Sacher Hall. View here. LIVE

** 2:30 pm ET: Wigmore Hall presents Jennifer Pike & Petr Limonov. The violinist and pianist perform Bacewicz’s Polish Caprice, Mozart’s Violin Sonata in E minor K304, Chopin’s Mazurkas Op. 63, and Poldowski’s Violin sonata in D minor and Tango. Register, view here and on demand for 30 days. LIVE

2:30 pm ET: Philharmonie de Paris presents Paris Mozart Orchestra. Claire Gibault and Rebecca Tong conduct the Paris Mozart Orchestra with pianist Maria-Joao Pires in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 and Bartók’s Divertimento. View here. LIVE

5 pm ET: Baryshnikov Arts Center presents Museum of Calm. Extended-technique vocalist and composer Holland Andrews (who often performs under name Like a Villain) blends vocal feats with electronic music and solo clarinet in a new work that is equal parts vocal music composition, meditation, and performance art video. Filmed at BAC’s John Cage & Merce Cunningham Studio, the performance generates a cathartic emotional experience, offering strategies for navigating through chaos, and sustaining the energy to survive in a reforming society. There will be live-streamed conversation with Holland Andrews and performer Morgan Bassichis on March 24 at 8 pm ET. View here until March 29.

7:30 pm ET: Met Opera Streams presents TBD. View here and for 24 hours.

** 7:30 pm ET: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents Musical Heritage: William Primrose. Violist Paul Neubauer and violinist Aaron Boyd host an evening celebrating William Primrose (1904-1982), the Scottish violist and teacher considered the greatest violist who ever lived. Primrose's solo and chamber music recordings attest unequivocally that he was, in fact, the only violist who could “keep up” with Heifetz, and his playing truly has to be heard to be believed. Register and view here and on demand for a week.

7:30 pm ET: 92nd St Y presents Gil Shaham & The Knights. The violinist joins friends and frequent collaborators from Brooklyn-based orchestral collective The Knights in a string quartet by Joseph Bologne, also known as Chevalier de Saint-Georges. The concert also features The Knights’s own newly conceived arrangement of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and the composer’s Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus (arr. Hummel). Tickets $20. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra presents Truth Is of No Color. A concert celebrating the life and legacy of Rochester’s own Frederick Douglass in partnership with the Frederick Douglass Family Initiative. Program: Jessie Montgomery’s Voodoo Dolls, Break Away, Source Code, and Strum, and Carlos Simon’s Warmth from other Suns. View here until April 29.

7:30 pm ET: SalonEra presents Women in Music. Women’s History Month is marked with instrumental and vocal music by Maddalena Sirmen, Barbara Strozzi, Isabella Leonarda, Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, and Clara Schumann. Featured guests include harpsichordist Byron Schenkman, violinist Shelby Yamin, and soprano Michele Kennedy, who share a commitment to researching, performing, and recording music by women composers. View here.

8 pm ET: EnsembleNEWSRQ presents Nightfall! The ensemble performs Gerard Grisey’s Stelé for two percussionists, David Maric’s Nascent Forms for mallet quartet, and David T. Little’s Haunt of Last Nightfall for percussion quartet and electronics. 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.

Alternative Classical
Humans of Classical Music is a video series in which musicians, actors, comedians, and podcasters from around the world recommend their favorite piece of classical music in one minute. A new video will go live every Thursday during 2021, starting on February 4, accompanied with a link on Spotify. Each video is free of musical jargon and is suitable for anyone interested in exploring the world of classical music. The list includes countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Kieran Hodgson, Principal Conductor of Glyndebourne on Tour Ben Glassberg-Frost, Chief Executive of Manchester Collective Adam Szabo, and composers Anna Clyne, Gabriel Prokofiev, and Missy Mazzoli. Explore here.

American Lyric Theater: Opera Writers Symposium
ALT is recruiting musicians and for a series of workshops and mini-seminars taking place February 27 – April 24. ALT seeks to introduce musicians and writers from diverse racial and artistic backgrounds to opera and explore how they might use the tools of the art form to tell their stories. ALT also hopes to encourage applications to the Composer Librettist Development Program (CLDP), the country’s only full-time paid mentorship for emerging opera composers, librettists and dramaturgs. No previous experience in writing opera is necessary. Classes will address timely topics like Dramatizing History and Opera as Activism led by composer Anthony Davis and dramaturg Cori Ellison; Opera, Technology and Innovation with composers Kamala Sankaram and Jorge Sosa; From Erased to Self-Empowered: Celebrating BIPOC Opera Composers and Librettists led by ALT’s Associate Artistic Director Kelly Kuo; The Architecture of Opera led by composer/librettist Mark Adamo. Guest speakers include composers Missy Mazzoli, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Huang Ruo and Errollyn Wallen; and librettists Mark Campbell, Thulani Davis (also a poet and playwright), David Henry Hwang, and Andrea Davis Pinkney.

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.

Atlanta Opera
The Atlanta Opera has released the first four episodes of Orfano Mondo, a world premiere film series by bass-baritone Ryan McKinny and filmmaker Felipe Barral. Taking its title from the prologue to Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Orfano Mondo (“orphan world”) addresses the fears surrounding live performance during the pandemic though exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, material filmed expressly for the series, and scenes from Atlanta’s live fall productions of Pagliacci and of Viktor Ullmann and Peter Kien’s The Kaiser of Atlantis. Performed in Italian and German with English subtitles available, each Orfano Mondo episode is 10-15 minutes long, and four more episodes are scheduled for release over the next two months. Explore here through April.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
BSO Sessions continues to bring the stories of BSO musicians, conductors, and collaborators to life through a documentary-style narrative. Real stories are paired with powerful music, including the elevation of unheard voices in classical music. Episodes premiere weekly on Wednesdays at 8 pm ET and are available through June 2021. 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.

Chatham Baroque
Chatham Baroque is releasing high-quality monthly videos featuring leading baroque performers including gambist Jaap ter Linden, lutenists Nigel North and Stephen Stubbs, and countertenor Reginald Mobley. Once posted, videos are available on demand through June 30, 2021. Each program includes artist interviews and are available for as little as $18 per program. Explore here.

Cliburn Kids
Cliburn Kids is a growing collection of entertaining 7- to 10-minute videos designed to introduce children to the fun of classical music. How does music paint pictures, tell stories, express feelings? Host Buddy Bray and guest artists use individual pieces to explore topics that delve into the way music is organized and structured, counting and rhythm, expressive elements, and sometimes just lighthearted enjoyment. Programs are geared towards elementary-aged children, and activities are provided for each episode that are perfect for in-classroom or at-home studies. New episodes and lesson plans are released every Tuesday. Explore here.

Daniel Hope: Europe@Home
Streaming live each Friday, Saturday and Sunday in February and March, this newest incarnation of the violinist’s show celebrates Europe and its rich musical and cultural diversity. With each episode devoted to a different one of the European Union’s 27 member states, Hope invites young musicians into his Berlin home to collaborate on music by composers from their respective countries. Conceived as “DIY TV” for socially distanced times, the Hope@Home series combine high-quality audio with the intimacy and immediacy of live, world-class home music-making. Together with its sequels, Hope@Home on Tour! and Hope@Home Next Generation, the original show ran to almost 120 episodes, was streamed more than ten million times, and raised tens of thousands of Euros for artists in need. View here with episodes archived here.

Days & Nights Festival
The annual multidisciplinary Days and Nights Festival—which since 2011 has taken place in and around Big Sur, California and has brought together luminaries and pioneers in fields including music, dance, theater, literature, film and the sciences—launches its premiere streaming portal featuring exclusive films of a selection of its landmark performances and events. Films slated for release, from February to May 2021, includes contributions by such wide-ranging figures as JoAnne Akalaitis, Tibetan artist Tenzin Choegyal, Danny Elfman, Molissa Fenley, María Irene Fornés, Allen Ginsberg, Dev Hynes (Blood Orange), Jerry Quickley, and Glass himself. Featured performers and ensembles include Dennis Russell Davies, Ira Glass, Matt Haimovitz, Tara Hugo, Lavinia Meijer, Maki Namekawa, Gregory Purnhagen, Third Coast Percussion, Opera Parallèle, and Glass and his Philip Glass Ensemble. Explore 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.

English Symphony Orchestra
The English Symphony Orchestra’s ESO Digital is an expanding digital archive of music, performed by English Symphony Orchestra and its partners, that you are unlikely to hear anywhere else. Access is free with a monthly donation; however Musical America readers can get a free trial of one week when setting up a new donation by using the coupon code MusicalAmerica2021. Register 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.

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.

Mark Morris Dance Group 40th Anniversary Digital Season
MMDG continues to celebrate its 40th Anniversary with a new archival collection featuring three excerpts from Mark Morris dances?I Don’t Want to Love, Rhymes With Silver, and V?and one full-length work, Rock of Ages, selected by veteran MMDG company members Joe Bowie and Lauren Grant. Viewers are also able to watch the full performances of the excerpted works on demand. Each work is preceded by video introductions by Joe Bowie and Lauren Grant. Explore 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.

OperaVision
OperaVision offers livestreams of operas available for free and online for up to 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 brought Beethoven to living rooms in December playing all nine symphonies. The musicians performed the first eight symphonies in small chamber ensembles varying from a string sextet to a 15-strong brass ensemble. The Grand Finale took 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.

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.

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.

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

 

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