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August 2, 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 while Pacific Time (PT) is three hours behind. Contact cpaget@musicalamerica.com.

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** Highly recommended

Monday, August 2

**10 am ET: DG Stage presents Bayreuth Festival: Tannhäuser. Tobias Kratzer’s brilliantly inventive production of Tannhäuser from 2019 is set as a wildly contemporary parable of art and freedom. Valery Gergiev makes his Bayreuth Festival debut alongside Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen as Elisabeth, American heldentenor Stephen Gould in the title role, and Russian mezzo Elena Zhidkova as a scene stealing Venus. Register and view here for two days.

1:30 pm ET: Gstaad Digital Festival presents Vassilis Varvaresos. Pianist Vassilis Varvaresos performs Moszkowski’s Barcarolle, Op. 27 No. 1, Messiaen’s Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus: X. “Regard de l’esprit de joie”, Chopin’s Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-flat Minor, Op. 61, Liszt’s Soirées de Vienne, S. 427: No. 7: “Allegro spiritoso,” and a selection of pieces by Dora Pejacevic (1885-1923). The concert was recorded live on July 31 at Gstaad. View here and on demand.

7:30 pm ET: Bowdoin International Music Festival presents Jupiter Quartet. From the Studzinski Recital Hall in Brunswick, Maine, the Jupiter String Quartet performs Florence Price’s Selections from Five Folksongs in Counterpoint, Stephen Andrew Taylor’s Chaconne/Labyrinth, and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 6 in F Minor, Op. 80. View here. LIVE

** 7:30 pm ET: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents Schubert’s String Quintet. Recorded this spring at the Frederick R. Koch Foundation Townhouse, this newly curated full-length HD concert features violinists Arnaud Sussmann and Paul Huang, violist Matthew Lipman, and cellists Nicholas Canellakis and David Finckel performing Schubert’s Quintet in C for Two Violins, Viola, and Two Cellos, D. 956, Op. 163. View here for one year.

8 pm ET: Mark Morris Dance Group presents Bijoux & Double Through the Generations in Conversation. Bijoux is set to Satie’s Quatre Petit Melodies and Ludions with text by Léon Paul Fargue. Morris choreographed the work on former MMDG dancer Teri Weksler, in her tiny New York City apartment in 1983. Double, the second part of Morris’s evening-length Mozart Dances is set to the composer’s Sonata in D for Two Pianos. It features a prominent solo role that was premiered by Joe Bowie in 2006, at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. All dancers featured in the first archival collection are featured here in a livestreamed conversation moderated by MMDG Company Director Sam Black. Register here with further screenings available until August 4.

Tuesday, August 3

** 12 pm ET: Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Twilight: Gods. A filmed version of Yuval Sharon’s radical reimagining of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung that took place at Millennium Lakeside Parking Garage in late April 2021. The film was conceived and directed by Raphael S. Nash, who transformed Sharon's drive-through opera experience into a digital feature. The production, with new English translations by Sharon, plus original narrative poetry by Chicago interdisciplinary artist avery r. young, stars Christine Goerke (Brünnhilde), Sean Panikkar (Siegfried), Morris Robinson (Hagen), and Donnie Ray Albert (Alberich). Register and view here until October 29.

1:30 pm ET: Gstaad Digital Festival presents Gstaad Conducting Academy Day 1. An approximately one-hour stream with selected highlights from the recorded rehearsals and lessons of the previous day at the Gstaad Conducting Academy. Includes video clips with conversations, reflections, and analyses by and with Professor Johannes Schlaefli, as well as the students. View here and on demand.

7 pm ET: Cleveland International Piano Competition presents Chamber Round Performances Session 1. The first two of four finalists perform chamber music with the Escher String Quartet in Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art. View here. LIVE

10 pm ET: Seattle Chamber Music Festival presents Röntgen-Maier, Goodyear & Beethoven. Amanda Röntgen-Maier’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in B minor is performed by Tai Murray and Andrew Armstrong, Stewart Goodyear’s Piano Quartet is performed by Jun Iwasaki, Cynthia Phelps, Mark Kosower, and Stewart Goodyear, and Beethoven’s Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano in E-flat, Op. 1 No. 1 is performed by Tai Murray, Mark Kosower, and Stewart Goodyear. Tickets $25. View here and on demand.

Wednesday, August 4

1:30 pm ET: Gstaad Digital Festival presents Gstaad Conducting Academy Day 2. An approximately one-hour stream with selected highlights from the recorded rehearsals and lessons of the previous day at the Gstaad Conducting Academy. Includes video clips with conversations, reflections, and analyses by and with Professor Johannes Schlaefli, as well as the students. View here and on demand.

7 pm ET: Cleveland International Piano Competition presents Chamber Round Performances Session 2. The second two of four finalists perform chamber music with the Escher String Quartet in Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art. View here. LIVE

7:30 pm ET: Bowdoin International Music Festival presents Françaix & Arensky. From the Studzinski Recital Hall in Brunswick, Maine, bassist Jeremy McCoy and harpist June Han play Françaix’s Duo Baroque followed by Arensky’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 32 performed by Janet Sung violin, Denise Djokic cello, and Soyeon Kate Lee piano. View here. LIVE

Thursday, August 5

1:30 pm ET: Gstaad Digital Festival presents Gstaad Conducting Academy Day 3. An approximately one-hour stream with selected highlights from the recorded rehearsals and lessons of the previous day at the Gstaad Conducting Academy. Includes video clips with conversations, reflections, and analyses by and with Professor Johannes Schlaefli, as well as the students. View here and on demand.

** 8 pm ET: The Philadelphia Orchestra presents An Evening with Esa-Pekka Salonen. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra with pianist Yefim Bronfman. Salonen’s Stockholm Diary, a powerful composition for string orchestra, complements Berio’s variations on Boccherini’s The Night Retreat of Madrid and Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto. The performance concludes with Sibelius’s final symphony, originally called Symphonic Fantasy. View here and on demand until August 12.

9:30 pm ET: Colorado Music Festival presents Beethoven’s Eroica & Joel Thompson’s World Premiere. Peter Oundjian conducts the CMF Orchestra as Joel Thompson shines a light on American writer and activist James Baldwin, weaving selections of Baldwin’s own words into a musical profile on one of the most powerful Black voices of his generation. Beethoven’s Third Symphony, Eroica completes the program. Tickets $15. View here for 30 days.

** 10 pm ET: Seattle Chamber Music Festival presents Schumann, Beach, Boulanger, Piazzolla & Schoenberg. Schumann’s Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 110 is performed by James Ehnes, Mark Kosower, and Orion Weiss, Amy Beach’s Romance for Violin and Piano, Op. 23, Lili Boulanger’s D'un matin de printemps, and Piazzolla’s Nightclub 1960 are played by Jun Iwasaki and Andrew Armstrong, and Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony No. 1 in E, Op. 9 (arr. by Anton Webern) is performed by Sooyun Kim, Benjamin Lulich, James Ehnes, Ronald Thomas, and Orion Weiss. Tickets $25. View here and on demand.

** 10:30 pm ET: Chamber Music Northwest presents Reflecting upon Classics. The Brentano String Quartet begin its tenure as CMNW’s 2021-22 Artists-in-Residence playing Bach’s Prelude in F Minor, BWV 881 (arranged for quartet by Mark Steinberg), Haydn’s String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 20, No. 5, and Barber’s Dover Beach with bass-baritone Davóne Tines. The Chien-Kim-Watkins Trio—consisting of CMNW Artistic Directors Gloria Chien and Soovin Kim, and Paul Watkins of the Emerson Quartet—makes its CMNW debut with Brahms’s C Major Piano Trio. View here until August 31.

Friday, August 6

** 10 am ET: DG Stage presents Bayreuth Festival: Die Walküre. Frank Castorf’s staging of the Ring Cycle, premiered in 2013 and filmed in 2016, provoked controversy right from the beginning. For Castorf, the Rheingold of our days is oil. The second part of the tetralogy is situated in Baku, Azerbaijan, which was seized by the Bolsheviks in 1920 for its oil. Marek Janowski’s musical reading was unanimously praised, as was the cast including Christopher Ventris (Siegmund), Georg Zeppenfeld (Hunding), John Lundgren (Wotan), Heidi Melton (Sieglinde) and Catherine Foster (Brünnhilde). Register and view here for two days.

** 12 pm ET: Carnegie Hall Selects presents Boulez at the 2008 Salzburg Festival. Pierre Boulez’s Carnegie Hall debut in 1965 was the start of a 45-year relationship that included his curation of the Hall’s first Perspectives series in the 1999–2000 season and his tenure as the Debs Composer’s Chair from 1999 to 2003. He was also the first to be named composer in residence at the Salzburg Festival in 1992. Leading the festival’s opening concert in 2008, Boulez is joined by the Vienna Philharmonic for a program that features Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales, Stravinsky’s The Firebird, and Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Daniel Barenboim. View here until August 13.

12 pm ET: Bang on a Can & Cantaloupe Music presents First Fridays with Robert Black. First Fridays with Robert Black takes a deep dive into the world of the double bass with music written by bass players. This month’s program features the simple yet complex sound world of Marcel Zaes with his Moments of Doubt. Five double basses (four recorded, one live) rhythmically rub against each other to create a state of suspended animation where time stops, hierarchies melt, and transformation is possible. View here. LIVE

** 1:30 pm ET: Salzburg Festival presents Vienna Philharmonic: Mahler & Bruckner. The 2021 Salzburg Festival presents a concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra from Salzburg’s Great Festival Hall on August 1. Program includes mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca performing Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder, five songs based on texts by German poet Friedrich Rückert. Christian Thielemann concludes the evening conducting Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7. View here.

1:30 pm ET: Gstaad Digital Festival presents Gstaad Conducting Academy Concert 1. The Gstaad Festival Orchestra and Students of the Gstaad Conducting Academy perform music by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and Debussy in the Gstaad Festival Tent. The concert was recorded live on August 4. View here and on demand.

** 5 pm ET: Bard Music Festival presents Nadia Boulanger & Her World I. This year’s opening concert pairs several of Nadia Boulanger’s own compositions with music by some of her female students. Program: Nadia Boulanger’s Vers la vie nouvelle and Lux aeterna, Lili Boulanger’s Faust et Hélène and Pie Jesu, Priaulx Rainier’s Reminiscence, Louise Talma’s Alleluia in the Form of a Toccata, Grazyna Bacewicz’s Music for Strings, Trumpet, and Percussion, and Julia Perry’s Stabat mater. With J'Nai Bridges mezzo-soprano, Fei-Fei piano, Joshua Guerrero tenor, Samantha Hankey mezzo-soprano, Joelle Harvey soprano, Joshua Hopkins baritone, Renée Anne Louprette organ, Nicholas Phan tenor, Bard Festival Chamber Players, and The Orchestra Now conducted by Rebecca Miller and Leon Botstein. Tickets $10. View here. LIVE

** 7 pm ET: Cleveland International Piano Competition presents Final Round Performances Session 1. The first two of four finalists perform concertos with the Cleveland Orchestra, live from Severance Hall. View here. LIVE

7:30 pm ET: Charlotte Symphony presents Harp in Chamber Music. CSO Principal Cellist Alan Black hosts a concert in his backyard and engages the musicians in conversation about the music and their lives. Guests include Benjamin Geller, Victor Wang, and CSO Principal Harp Andrea Mumm Trammell playing Debussy’s Arabesque, Fauré’s Apres un Reve, Bax’s Trio for Flute, Viola, and Harp, and Águila’s Submerged, for Flute, Viola, and Harp. View here and on demand.

7:30 pm ET: Bowdoin International Music Festival presents Still, Bermel & Brahms. From the Studzinski Recital Hall in Brunswick, Maine, William Grant Still’s Lyric Quartette and Derek Bermel’s Passing Through are performed by Itamar Zorman violin, Kathryn Votapek violin, Kirsten Docter viola, and Edward Arron cello, followed by Brahms’s Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 60 played by Ian Swensen violin, Dimitri Murrath viola, Daniel McDonough cello, and Pei-Shan Lee piano. View here. LIVE

10 pm ET: Classical Tahoe presents Spotlight on Oboe. Classical Tahoe Orchestra is conducted by Tito Muñoz with oboist Nathan Hughes in Strauss’s Overture to Die Fledermaus, Vaughan Williams’s Concerto for Oboe and Strings, and Brahms’s Symphony No. 3 in F, Op. 90. View here. LIVE

Saturday, August 7

9 am ET: Salzburg Festival presents Herbert von Karajan Young Conductors Award. Three rising stars of the conducting world will each have a turn at the podium of the Mozarteum’s Great Hall, leading the Camerata Salzburg in three concerts. Today, Jonas Ehrler conducts Haydn’s L’isola disabitata Ouverture, Mozart’s “Mia speranza adorata!”—"Ah non sai qual pena sia” K. 416 with soprano Liubov Medvedeva, Thierry Escaich’s Baroque Song for orchestra, and Poulenc’s Sinfonietta. View here.

1 pm ET: San Francisco Opera presents Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Sir Mark Elder conducts David McVicar’s production of Wagner’s 1868 opera. James Rutherford takes on Hans Sachs, the mastersinger and cobbler. Brandon Jovanovich sings the knight Walther von Stolzing with Eva portrayed by Rachel Willis-Sorensen. Ain Anger is her father, Veit Pogner, Martin Gantner is Walther’s rival, Sixtus Beckmesser, and Alek Shrader is Sach’s apprentice, David. Marie Lambert and Ian Rutherford co-revive McVicar’s staging in this 2015 San Francisco Opera co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago and Glyndebourne Festival Opera. View here until midnight the following day.

1 pm ET: Bard Music Festival presents Nadia Boulanger & Her World II. Nadia Boulanger was just ten when she first entered the Paris Conservatoire, where for the next seven years she would rub shoulders with some of the leading lights of French music. Program Two traces these early musical relationships, coupling songs she wrote in her teens with chamber works by then-preeminent Debussy, her composition teacher Fauré, and renowned classmates George Enescu and Ravel. Tickets $10. View here. LIVE

** 2 pm ET: VOCES8 Live from London presents Chineke!. Europe’s first majority Black and ethnically diverse orchestra is conducted by Matthew Lynch in a program that includes music by Mendelssohn, British composer Philip Herbert, and Nigerian Fela Sowande. Chineke! will be joined by VOCES8 in a new arrangement of “Deep River” for voices and orchestra by Matthew Lynch and in new orchestrations of choral music by Ken Burton. Tickets $15. View here until August 31.

2 pm ET: Thomas Mann House presents Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra I. Many artists in exile formed close connections with Thomas Mann. The Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra premieres a program for voice and piano in two parts from Mann’s House in Los Angeles, featuring music by Alma Mahler, Schoenberg, Dale Trumbore, Ernst Toch, Hanns Eisler, Reena Esmail, and Sarah Gibson, performed by Liv Redpath soprano, Abigail Nims mezzo soprano, John Brancy baritone, and pianists David Kaplan, Makiko Hirata, and Victoria Kirsch. Part I features Alma Mahler’s Vier Lieder, Dale Trumbore’s What Only Poetry Can Do, Schoenberg’s Sechs Kleine Klavierstücke, Op. 19, and Eisler’s Hollywooder Liederbuch. KUSC Radio host Rich Capparela will also lead post-concert discussions about Thomas Mann, the music, and connections to contemporary issues of politics, society, and culture. View here and on demand.

** 2:30 pm ET: Gstaad Digital Festival presents Patricia Kopatchinskaja & Fazil Say. Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and pianist Fazil Say perform Schubert’s Sonatina for Violin and Piano No. 2 in A Minor, D 385, Brahms’s Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108, and Janácek’s Violin Sonata in G-sharp Minor, JW VII/7. View here and on demand. LIVE

4 pm ET: Salzburg Festival presents Currentzis conducts Don Giovanni. Teodor Currentzis conducts Mozart’s classic score, while director Romeo Castellucci brings his vision of the opera to the Grosses Festspielhaus. Baritone Davide Luciano plays the title role with Nadezhda Pavlova (Donna Anna), Michael Spyres (Don Ottavio), Federica Lombardi (Donna Elvira), Vito Priante (Leporello), David Steffens (Masetto), and Anna Lucia Richter (Zerlina). View here.

7 pm ET: Bard Music Festival presents Nadia Boulanger & Her World III. Throughout the 19th century and well into the 20th, piano duets played a vital part in Western musical life. Having toured Europe in her youth playing four-hand recitals and two-piano duets she went on to collaborate with her celebrated young students, performing her own adaptation of the aria from Bach’s Widerstehe doch der Sünde with Clifford Curzon, premiering Stravinsky’s Sonata for Two Pianos with Richard Johnson, and recording selections from Brahms’s Liebeslieder Waltzes with Dino Lipatti. Tickets $10. View here. LIVE

** 7 pm ET: Cleveland International Piano Competition presents Final Round Performances Session 2. The second two of four finalists perform concertos with the Cleveland Orchestra, live from Severance Hall. View here. LIVE

8:30 pm ET: Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival presents Welcome Back! This year’s live/digital hybrid Festival opens with a concert of Bach’s Concerto No. 1 for keyboard and strings in D minor, BWV 1052 performed by Jon Kimura Parker (solo keyboard), Sandy Yamamoto, Aloysia Friedmann, Eileen Swanson, Lachezar Kostov, and David Grossman, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (arr. L. Kostov) Ballade in C minor, Op. 73 played by Lachezar Kostov and Viktor Valkov, and Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E-flat, Op. 47 performed by Sandy Yamamoto, Aloysia Friedmann, Lachezar Kostov, and Viktor Valkov. Register and view here for three days. LIVE

10 pm ET: Seattle Chamber Music Festival presents Schubert, Morlock & Schumann. Orion Weiss plays Schubert’s Fantasy for Piano in C, Op. 15 D. 760 Wanderer, Jocelyn Morlock’s Unfurl for Wind Quintet (World Premiere) is performed by Sooyun Kim, Ben Hausmann, Benjamin Lulich, Seth Krimsky, and Jeffrey Fair, and Schumann’s Quintet for Piano and Strings in E-flat, Op. 44 is performed by James Ehnes, Stephen Rose, Beth Guterman Chu, Ronald Thomas, and Andrew Armstrong. Tickets $25. View here and on demand.

10 pm ET: Classical Tahoe presents German Masters with Gilles Vonsattel. Classical Tahoe Orchestra is conducted by Tito Muñoz with pianist Gilles Vonsattel in Weber’s Overture to Oberon, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37, and Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat, Op. 97, Rhenish. View here. LIVE

10 pm ET: Cabrillo Festival presents Intonations. Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer’s Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope commemorates the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. “The Violins of Hope” are a collection of violins of the Holocaust, many used in the concentration camps, which have been meticulously restored by Israeli luthiers Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein. Intonations tells the tale of six of these storied instruments. Directed by Elena Park with cinematography by Frazer Bradshaw, it features mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, violinist Benjamin Beilman, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and youth violinist Thais Chernyavski performing the full chamber version of the work. The 45-minute performance interweaves portions of the orchestral version of the music, recorded remotely by the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra. View here. LIVE

** 10:30 pm ET: Chamber Music Northwest presents Festival Finale: A Journey into the Light. The 2021 Festival Finale is a testament to the trials and tribulations of the past 18 months, a collective journey of reflection and now rejoicing. Bass-baritone Davóne Tines performs his groundbreaking exploration of the Mass woven through Western European, African American, and 21st-century traditions. As the grand finale, the Brentano String Quartet and cellist Paul Watkins perform Schubert’s Cello Quintet. View here until August 31.

Sunday, August 8

9 am ET: Salzburg Festival presents Herbert von Karajan Young Conductors Award. Three rising stars of the conducting world will each have a turn at the podium of the Mozarteum’s Great Hall, leading the Camerata Salzburg in three concerts. Today, Luis Toro Araya conducts Ligeti’s Concert Românesc, Mozart’s “Per pietà, non ricercate” K. 420 with tenor Ángel Macías, Tomás Brantmayer’s Canción de Cuna para Fuegia Basket for orchestra, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 in B-flat, Op. 60. View here.

1 pm ET: IDAGIO Global Concert Hall presents Tristan und Isolde from House Wahnfried. A paraphrase of the work on stage in the composer's living room during the Bayreuth Festival 2021. There will be explanations of Leitmotivs, the crucial scenes with Tristan and Isolde, as well as Brangäne, Kurwenal and König Marke, and 20-25mins of uninterrupted music from each act. Solistenensemble D´Accord will be joined by soprano Susanne Bernhard. In the 10-minute intermission after Act II, there will be exclusive footage of the historic Haus Wahnfried. Tickets from $13. View here until December 31.

1 pm ET: Bard Music Festival presents Nadia Boulanger & Her World IV. A snapshot of the age through vocal and chamber works by both Boulanger sisters and a host of their fellow Parisians. The French capital was home to exiled Russian master Stravinsky, a lifelong friend of Nadia’s, who championed him as the model of musical modernism. Drawing on Baroque and Classical forms, Stravinsky’s neoclassicism inspired many of their contemporaries, including Roussel, Satie, and Les Six, and Elsa Barraine, who followed Lili to become one of the first female winners of the Prix de Rome. Tickets $10. View here. LIVE

2 pm ET: Thomas Mann House presents Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra II. Many artists in exile formed close connections with Thomas Mann. The Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra premieres a program for voice and piano in two parts from Mann’s House in Los Angeles, featuring music by Alma Mahler, Schoenberg, Dale Trumbore, Ernst Toch, Hanns Eisler, Reena Esmail, and Sarah Gibson, performed by Liv Redpath soprano, Abigail Nims mezzo soprano, John Brancy baritone, and pianists David Kaplan, Makiko Hirata, and Victoria Kirsch. Part II features Schoenberg’s Das Buch der hängenden Gärten, Op. 15, Reena Esmail’s Rang de Basant, Ernst Toch’s Profiles, and Sarah Gibson’s Arson. KUSC Radio host Rich Capparela will also lead post-concert discussions about Thomas Mann, the music, and connections to contemporary issues of politics, society, and culture. View here and on demand.

5 pm ET: Bard Music Festival presents Nadia Boulanger & Her World V. Program Five features both Widor’s Third Symphony for Organ and Orchestra (a true orchestral work, unlike the solo pieces he designated “Organ Symphonies”) and Dukas’s masterwork, the Symphony in C. These share the program with Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ, Timpani and Strings, which premiered under Boulanger’s direction, and Lili Boulanger’s own orchestrations of her D’un matin de printemps and of eight songs from her cycle Clairières dans le ciel. Tickets $10. View here. LIVE

7 pm ET: Bryant Park Picnic Performances presents Terence Blanchard. One jazz master salutes another when two-time Oscar nominee, and five-time Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard celebrates saxophone icon Wayne Shorter. Blanchard, joined by The E-Collective and the Turtle Island Quartet, performs new works as well as arrangements of such classic Shorter tunes as “Diana” and “When It Was Now.” View here. LIVE

10 pm ET: Cabrillo Festival presents Melt + Sprout. Melt is Sean Shepherd’s musical lament on climate change and the disappearance of the world’s glaciers. Co-commissioned and performed by the Festival Orchestra in 2018, National Geographic photographer Camille Seaman has set her imagery to the archival recording. Sprout is a more hopeful sequel that reflects on the resilience of the forest after wildfire. The digital world premiere features the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra and is presented in two versions: one brought to life by animation artists David Murakami and Sam Clevenger, and a second produced and edited by Svet Stoyanov. View here.

Monday, August 9

9 am ET: Salzburg Festival presents Herbert von Karajan Young Conductors Award. Three rising stars of the conducting world will each have a turn at the podium of the Mozarteum’s Great Hall, leading the Camerata Salzburg in three concerts. Today, Joel Sandelson conducts Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, Op. 62, Mozart’s “Basta, vincesti”—"Ah, non lasciarmi, no” K. 486a/295a with soprano Ikumi Nakagawa, Dutilleux’s Mystère de l'instant, for String Orchestra, Cimbalom and Percussion, and Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 in C Major, K. 425 Linz. View here.

10 am ET: DG Stage presents Bayreuth Festival: Tristan und Isolde. Wagner’s ultimate, immortal tale of love and longing staged by the composer’s great-granddaughter Katharina Wagner and conducted by Christian Thielemann. The cast includes Evelyn Herlitzius as Isolde, Stephen Gould as Tristan, and Georg Zeppenfeld as Marke. Register and view here for two days.

1:30 pm ET: Gstaad Digital Festival presents SongHa Choi. Violinist SongHa Choi and pianist Akane Matsumura perform Stravinsky’s Divertimento for Violin and Piano, Ravel’s Violin Sonata No. 2 in G, M. 77, Chausson’s Poème for Violin and Piano in E-flat, Op. 25, and Efrem Zimbalist’s Concert Fantasy on Themes from the Opera The Golden Cockerel by Rimsky-Korsakov. The concert was recorded live on August 7 at Gstaad. View here and on demand.

7:30 pm ET: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents Dvorák & Mendelssohn. Recorded this spring at the Frederick R. Koch Foundation Townhouse, this newly curated full-length HD concert features violinists Paul Huang and Sean Lee, violists Misha Amory and Hsin-Yun Huang, and cellist Nicholas Canellakis performing Dvorák’s Terzetto in C for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 74 and Mendelssohn’s Quintet No. 2 in B-flat for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Cello, Op. 87. View here for one year.

7:30 ET: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents Jeremy Denk plays Bach. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Nicholas McGegan with pianist Jeremy Denk in Purcell’s Suite from Abdelazar, Bach’s Concerto No. 1 in D minor for Clavier and String Orchestra, BW1052, Donald Lambert’s Pilgrim’s Chorus for Solo Piano, Mozart’s           Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K. 546, and Charles Avison (after Scarlatti) Concerto Grosso No. 6 in D. Tickets $15. View here until August 22.

Tueasday, August 10

**10 am ET: DG Stage presents Bayreuth Festival: Parsifal. In 2016, director Uwe Eric Laufenberg presented his reading of Wagner’s Bühnenweihfestspiel, transposing it to the very heart of today’s religious wars in a region bordering Iraq, Turkey, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. The cast starred Klaus Florian Vogt as Parsifal, Elena Pankratova as Kundry, Georg Zeppenfeld as Gurnemanz, Ryan McKinny as Amfortas, and Gerd Grochowski in one of his last major roles as Klingsor. Register and view here for two days.

10 pm ET: Seattle Chamber Music Festival presents Brahms, Price & Schubert. Brahms’s Sonata for Cello and Piano in F, Op. 99 is played by Efe Baltacigil, Anton Nel, Florence Price’s String Quartet in G is performed by James Ehnes, Stephen Rose, Beth Guterman Chu, and Ronald Thomas, and Schubert’s Fantasia for Piano, Four Hands in F minor, Op. 103, D. 940 is performed by Andrew Armstrong, and Orion Weiss. Tickets $25. View here and on demand.

Wednesday, August 11

7:30 pm ET: Our Concerts presents Evolution Concert Series I. Presented by Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and led by the Gryphon Trio, Banff Centre's inaugural EvoFest features string quartets, classical instrumentalists, and vocalists from Banff Centre's Evolution: Quartet and Evolution: Classical programs, in a celebration of tradition, new creation, and curatorial innovation. View here.

8:30 pm ET: Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival presents Old World, New World. Program includes Gershwin (arr. J. Cohn) Three Preludes for clarinet and piano, Amy Beach’s Quartet for Strings (in One Movement), Op. 89, Beethoven’s “Music, Love and Wine” from Scottish Songs, Op. 108 and Tema con Variazioni from Clarinet Trio in B-flat, Schubert’s “Andantino (Theme and Variations)” from Piano Quintet in A, D. 667, The Trout, Falla’s Ritual Fire Dance for solo piano, and Khachaturian (arr. G. Anderson) Sabre Dance for piano four-hands. With Sharon Abreu soprano, Aloysia Friedmann viola, David Grossman bass, Richie Hawley clarinet, Lachezar Kostov cello, Jon Kimura Parker piano, Jeff Thayer violin, Viktor Valkov piano, Sandy Yamamoto violin. Register and view here for three days. LIVE

Thursday, August 12

8 am ET: Wigmore Hall presents Igor Levit. A repeat of a concert streamed live at Wigmore Hall in Autumn 2020. Pianist Igor Levit’s program includes Beethoven’s first canonical sonata (1795), through to the Piano Sonata No. 25 of (1809), by way of the 1800-1 sonata that includes a celebrated funeral march, and the 1803 work dedicated to the composer’s patron Count Waldstein. View here for 30 days.

12 pm ET: The Atlanta Opera presents The Threepenny Carmen. Based on Bizet's opera and adapted for the threepenny world of the pandemic, The Atlanta Opera's world premiere ‘Big Tent’ production features a motley crew of characters at the fringes of society, coming together for musical and dramatic fireworks in a Texas dive bar. Led by Tomer Zvulun and Felipe Barral and featuring Megan Marino, Richard Trey Smagur, and Michael Mayes. Tickets $20. View here and on demand.

2 pm ET: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra presents Classical Extravaganza. Stephen Bell conducts the BSO in a concert of the greatest classical music in the world, from Sibelius’s Finlandia and A Night on the Bare Mountain by Mussorgsky to the sparkle of John Williams’s ET Flying Theme. The concert concludes with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. View here for 30 days.

** 3 pm ET: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra presents Soundbox: Nico Muhly. SF Symphony Collaborative Partner and composer Nico Muhly curates a SoundBox program. Works include Inti Figgis-Vizueta’s Inbhir, Gibbons (arr. Nico Muhly) This is the Record of John, Muhly’s Motion, Lukás Janata’s Flux (World Premiere, SF Symphony Commission), and Monk (arr. Nico Muhly) Fat Stream. Tickets $15. View here and on demand.

** 7 pm ET: Bard Music Festival presents Nadia Boulanger & Her World VI. The Boulanger sisters came from a distinguished musical family. A winner of the Prix de Rome himself, their father, Ernest Boulanger, was a composer of comic opera whose own father taught at the Conservatoire and whose mother, Marie-Julie Boulanger (née Halligner), was a mezzo-soprano who created roles in the world premieres of Auber’s L’ambassadrice, Donizetti’s La fille du régiment and many more. Presented as a performance with commentary, Program Six explores French music’s lighter side through excerpts from operettas, comic operas, and popular songs and chansons. Tickets $10. View here. LIVE

7 pm ET: Our Concerts Live presents Sounds of Summer with Stephanie Blythe. Opera singer and recitalist Stephanie Blythe celebrates summer with song and perhaps a burst of ukulele. Tickets $20. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Our Concerts presents Evolution Concert Series II. Presented by Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and led by the Gryphon Trio, Banff Centre's inaugural EvoFest features string quartets, classical instrumentalists, and vocalists from Banff Centre's Evolution: Quartet and Evolution: Classical programs, in a celebration of tradition, new creation, and curatorial innovation. View here.

8 pm ET: Tippet Rise presents Yevgeny Sudbin. Pianist Yevgeny Sudbin performs Scriabin’s Vers la flamme, poème for piano, Op. 72, Tchaikovsky’s Nocturne in F, Op. 10, No. 1, Nocturne in C sharp minor, “Barcarolle” and “Troika” from The Seasons, and Five Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti. Filmed at the Olivier Music Barn on July 7, 2017. View here.

10 pm ET: Seattle Chamber Music Festival presents Hummel, Kernis & Brahms. Anton Nel plays Hummel’s Sonata in F minor, Op. 20, Kernis’s Sonatine (World Premiere) is performed by James Ehnes and Orion Weiss, and Brahms’s Quartet for Piano and Strings in C minor, Op. 60 is performed by Stephen Rose, Beth Guterman Chu, Efe Baltacigil, and Anton Nel. Tickets $25. View here and on demand.

10 pm ET: Classical Tahoe presents Notturno. A chamber concert featuring Festival musicians performing Copland’s Quiet City, Schubert’s “The Shepherd on the Rock”, D. 965, Bolling’s Suite No. 1 for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio, and Borodin’s String Quartet No. 2 in D. View here. LIVE

** 10:30 pm ET: Our Concerts presents Music in the Vineyards at Charles Krug Winery. Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro for Strings, Op. 47, Rebecca Clarke’s Piano Trio, and Dvorák’s American String Quartet are performed by the Miró Quartet and Solideo Quartet with Axel Strauss and Daria Adams violins, Pei-Ling Lin viola, Kari Jane Docter cello, Scott Pingel bass, and Wei-Yi Yang piano. Tickets $15. View here until August 26.

Friday, August 13

** 12 pm ET: Carnegie Hall Selects presents Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Between 1909 and 1942, Rachmaninov made nearly 100 appearances at Carnegie Hall. His debut on November 13, 1909, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra featured his own Second Piano Concerto, which has since become his most frequently performed work at the Hall. In this film from 1973, Herbert von Karajan leads the Berlin Philharmonic with soloist Alexis Weissenberg live at the Berlin Philharmonie. View here until August 20.

1 pm ET: OperaVision presents Dvorák’s Rusalka. No reflection of a silver moon in the dried-up lake below. International Opera Awards 2020 nominee Dirk Schmeding stages Dvorák’s opera at Staatstheater Braunschweig far removed from its usual poetic fairytale world. Stuck in the horror vision of a decaying no man’s land, US soprano Julie Adams embodies the title character lost between two worlds. Recorded on February 22, 2021. With Kwonsoo Jeon as the Prince, Jisang Ryu as the Water Spirit, and Edna Prochnik as Jezibaba. View here for three months.

1:30 pm ET: Lucerne Festival presents Opening Concert. Riccardo Chailly conducts the Lucerne Festival Orchestra in Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni and Symphony No. 40 in G minor, KV 550, and Schubert’s Symphony No. 6 in C, D 589. View here. LIVE

2:30 pm ET: English Symphony Orchestra presents Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle. Recorded at Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, the English Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Kenneth Woods in a reduced orchestration of Bartók’s opera Bluebeard’s Castle with soloists April Fredrick (Judith) and David Stout (Bluebeard). View here until August 17.

** 7 pm ET: Bard Music Festival presents Nadia Boulanger & Her World VII. Salons were a haven for the Parisian avant-garde, especially those of Boulanger’s colorful friend and patron, the sewing machine heiress Winnaretta Singer, Princesse Edmond de Polignac. It was there that many ensemble pieces first came to life, including Lipatti’s neo-Baroque Concertino. Boulanger also led the first performance of Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks Concerto. Composed during the Nazi occupation of Paris, Honegger’s Second Symphony premiered at the Collegium Musicuum in Zurich. In Program Seven, The Orchestra Now presents these ensemble works alongside Nadia’s Three Pieces for Cello and Piano and the Prelude for a Pensive Pupil by her Australian-born student Peggy Glanville-Hicks, who would become a critic for the New York Herald Tribune. Tickets $10. View here. LIVE

7:30 pm ET: Our Concerts presents Evolution Concert Series III. Presented by Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and led by the Gryphon Trio, Banff Centre's inaugural EvoFest features string quartets, classical instrumentalists, and vocalists from Banff Centre's Evolution: Quartet and Evolution: Classical programs, in a celebration of tradition, new creation, and curatorial innovation. View here.

8 pm ET: Silkroad presents Global Musician Workshop Online Festival Part I. Silkroad's Global Musician Workshop presents its first-ever Online Performance Festival, featuring performances by faculty, fellows, participants, and guest artists. The virtual concerts will showcase a broad array of music styles and instruments in brand-new arrangements created and recorded by GMW faculty over the course of the week-long program. With special appearances by Rhiannon Giddens, Angelique Kidjo, Jake Shimabukuro, Black Violin, and Speech. The Festival will culminate with a collaborative all-camp music video, bringing together all GMW participants to perform a tune taught to them during the workshop. View here and on demand.

10 pm ET: Classical Tahoe presents Notturno. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. Classical Tahoe Orchestra is conducted by Gabriela Díaz-Alatriste with violinist Amaryn Olmeda in Márquez’s Danzón No. 2, Saint-Saëns’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 61, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36. View here. LIVE

Saturday, August 14

12 pm ET: Arizona Friends of Chamber Music presents Garrick Woods & Rex Woods. Cellist Garrick Woods and pianist Rex Woods perform Beethoven’s Cello Sonata in C, Op. 102, No. 1, Richard Faith’s Four Poems for Cello and Piano (based on Four Faith Songs), Hovhaness’s Suite for Cello and Piano, Op. 193, No. 1, and Prokofiev’s Cello Sonata in C, Op. 119. View here for 30 days.

** 1 pm ET: San Francisco Opera presents Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux. Donizetti’s opera is led by Sondra Radvanovsky in her final engagement as Elisabetta, Queen of England, before retiring the role from her repertoire. As Roberto Devereux and Sara, the Duchess of Nottingham are Russell Thomas and Jamie Barton. Also starring are Andrew Manea as the Duke of Nottingham and Amitai Pati as Lord Cecil. Director Stephen Lawless uses London’s Globe Theatre as the visual inspiration for this Canadian Opera Company production. Riccardo Frizza leads the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. View here until midnight the following day.

1 pm ET: Bard Music Festival presents Nadia Boulanger & Her World VIII. Copland said of his teacher, “She knew the oldest and the latest music, pre-Bach and post-Stravinsky, and knew it cold.” Whether in Polignac’s salon or the concert hall, her soulful interpretations of Bach cantatas and Monteverdi madrigals typically shared the program with cutting-edge new music by Stravinsky, Hindemith and others. Program Eight draws inspiration from Boulanger’s groundbreaking approach to programming through recreations of some of her own idiosyncratic yet inspired groupings. Tickets $10. View here. LIVE

** 2 pm ET: VOCES8 Live from London presents I Fagiolini. I Fagiolini sings of nature and the passing of the year in a program inspired by Brueghel the Younger’s The Seasons. Monteverdi’s Springtime of love alongside Howells’s The Summer is coming leads to Schütz’s summer-like The Heavens are telling and Janequin's sound effect maelstrom, La Chasse. Autumn is heard through Rheinberger’s Abendlied (as well as a French jazz number, Chanson d’automne) before the world premiere of Joanna Marsh's now I lay; for winter, Ed Hughes's account of Inuit rituals in the Arctic is accompanied by striking arctic photography, commissioned by I Fagiolini in 1998. Tickets $15. View here until August 31.

** 5 pm ET: Bard Music Festival presents Nadia Boulanger & Her World IX. The American Symphony Orchestra’s concert opens with Fête galante by Dame Ethel Smyth, a Victorian-born English suffragist whose lovers included the Princesse de Polignac, and whose grand opera The Wreckers received its first fully staged American production at SummerScape 2015. Program Nine also features the harmonically adventurous Fifth Violin Concerto by Boulanger’s student Grazyna Bacewicz, a revered figure in Poland who merits wider recognition worldwide. Tickets $10. View here. LIVE

7:30 pm ET: Our Concerts presents Evolution Concert Series IV. Presented by Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and led by the Gryphon Trio, Banff Centre's inaugural EvoFest features string quartets, classical instrumentalists, and vocalists from Banff Centre's Evolution: Quartet and Evolution: Classical programs, in a celebration of tradition, new creation, and curatorial innovation. View here.

** 8 pm ET: Grand Teton Music Festival presents Jessie Montgomery & Bronfman plays Beethoven. Soprano Julia Bullock is the soloist in a new work from Jessie Montgomery—Five Freedom Songs—which is co-commissioned by Grand Teton Music Festival, Sun Valley Music Festival, San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, and Virginia Arts Festival. Sir Donald Runnicles conducts with Yefim Bronfman in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3, and the orchestra performs Strauss's Don Juan. Register and view here. LIVE

8 pm ET: Silkroad presents Global Musician Workshop Online Festival Part II. Silkroad's Global Musician Workshop (GMW) presents its first-ever Online Performance Festival, featuring performances by faculty, fellows, participants, and guest artists. The virtual concerts will showcase a broad array of music styles and instruments in brand-new arrangements created and recorded by GMW faculty over the course of the week-long program. With special appearances by Rhiannon Giddens, Angelique Kidjo, Jake Shimabukuro, Black Violin, and Speech.The Festival will culminate with a collaborative all-camp music video, bringing together all GMW participants to perform a tune taught to them during the workshop. View here and on demand.

8:30 pm ET: Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival presents Beethoven Interrupted. Program includes Beethoven’s Sonata No. 5 in D, Op. 102, No. 2 for cello and piano, Johan Halvorsen’s Sarabande con Variazioni (on a theme of Handel) for violin and viola, and Beethoven’s Septet in E-flat, Op. 20 for winds and strings. With Rodger Burnett horn, Aloysia Friedmann viola, David Grossman bass, Richie Hawley clarinet, Dana Jackson bassoon, Lachezar Kostov cello, Jeff Thayer violin, Viktor Valkov piano, and Sandy Yamamoto violin. Register and view here for three days. LIVE

10 pm ET: Classical Tahoe presents Brubeck @ 100. The Classical Tahoe Orchestra is conducted by Gabriela Díaz-Alatriste with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet and trumpeter Billy Hunter in a celebration of centenary jazz great Dave Brubeck. View here. LIVE

Sunday, August 15

10 am ET: Bard Music Festival presents Nadia Boulanger & Her World X. France boasts rich sacred choral and organ traditions that the post-Revolutionary banning of religious music-making did little to stifle. Program Ten provides a sampling of both, with solo organ works by Boulanger herself, as well as her colleagues and contemporaries. These include her organ teacher Vierne; Ibert, who dedicated the Fugue from his Trois pièces pour orgue to her; Jeanne Demessieux, the first female organist to perform in Westminster Abbey; and Messiaen, whose La nativité du Seigneur offers a consummation of his musical ideals. Interspersed are movements from masses by Fauré, Langlais, Caplet and Chaminade. Tickets $10. View here. LIVE

** 10 am ET: DG Stage presents Bayreuth Festival: Siegfried. Frank Castorf’s staging of the Ring Cycle, premiered in 2013 and filmed in 2016, provoked controversy right from the beginning. For Castorf, the Rheingold of our days is oil. The third part of the tetralogy takes place in a socialist equivalent of Mount Rushmore and at Berlin’s Alexanderplatz. Marek Janowski’s musical reading was unanimously praised, as was the cast including Stefan Vinke (Siegfried), Andreas Conrad (Mime), John Lundgren (Der Wanderer), Catherine Foster (Brünnhilde), Karl-Heinz Lehner (Fafner), and Nadine Weissmann (Erda). Register and view here for two days.

1 pm ET: Bard Music Festival presents Nadia Boulanger & Her World XI. Program Eleven samples the diversity of her students’ achievements, from Paris Violon by Michel Legrand to classical chamber works including Enchanted Preludes, Elliott Carter’s polyrhythmic duet for cello and flute; a piano sonata by George Walker, the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music; songs by Marc Blitzstein, Thea Musgrave and David Conte; three of Pulitzer Prize-winner Karel Husa’s Twelve Moravian Songs; Philip Glass’s Third String Quartet, Mishima; a solo flute tango study by Piazzolla; and Adolphus Hailstork’s Adagio for Strings. Tickets $10. View here. LIVE

** 2 pm ET: VOCES8 Live from London presents Paul Smith & Friends. Renewal? is a concert which combines new commissions with three musical pillars from the 20th century, by Walton, Cage and William Henry Harris. Singers, dancers, and players share a three-part story that has an array of possible endings. Texts by Lal Ded, Edmund Spenser, W.H. Auden, Lord Byron, Pablo Neruda, Maya Angelou, and others offer thoughts about our world and about our past, present and future. The concert has been created by Paul Smith and is directed by Paul and Barnaby Smith. Collaborators include composer Donna McKevitt, choreographer and dancer Giulia Tonelli, VOCES8, Apollo5, Caroline Dale (cello), Roger Chase (viola) Peter Holder (organ) and Teena Lyle (percussion). Tickets $15. View here until August 31.

5 pm ET: Old First Concerts presents Samantha Cho. The LA-born pianist performs Scarlatti’s Sonata in C, K. 132 and Sonata in D minor, K. 1, Mozart’s Rondo in A minor and Sonata in B-flat, K. 570, Brahms’s Intermezzi, Op.117, and Sofia Gubaidulina’s Toccata Troncata and Invention. Tickets $20. View here.

** 5 pm ET: Bard Music Festival presents Nadia Boulanger & Her World XII. In 1962, when Boulanger led the New York Philharmonic in a program featuring the world premiere of Virgil Thomson’s A Solemn Music and Fauré’s Requiem, the Carnegie Hall audience included Leon Botstein, then just 15 years old. More than half a century later, Bard’s founder recreates this characteristic Boulanger coupling, pairing it, as she did, with music by her sister: in this case, Vieille prière bouddhique for tenor, choir and orchestra, Psalm 24 and Pour les funérailles d’un soldat. Tickets $10. View here. LIVE

Monday, August 16

1:30 pm ET: Gstaad Digital Festival presents Anastasia Kobekina. Cellist Anastasia Kobekina and pianist Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula perform Debussy’s Cello Sonata in D Minor, CD 144, Paul Juon’s Märchen for Cello and Piano in A Minor, Op. 8, and Franck’s Violin Sonata in A, FWV 8 (arr. for cello and piano by Jules Delsart). The concert was recorded live on 14 August at Gstaad. View here and on demand.

7:30 pm ET: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents Ravel & Rachmaninov. Recorded this spring at the Frederick R. Koch Foundation Townhouse, this newly curated full-length HD concert features violinist Stella Chen, pianist Michael Brown, and cellist Nicholas Canellakis performing Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Piano and Rachmaninov’s Sonata in G minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 19. View here for one year.

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 streams available on its YouTube channel. 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, and composers Anna Clyne, Gabriel Prokofiev, and Missy Mazzoli. Explore here.

American Opera Project
First Glimpse is a video album created during the first year of AOP’s 2019-21 fellowship program, Composers & the Voice. 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.

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.

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? Programs are geared towards elementary-aged children, and activities are provided for each episode that are perfect for in-classroom or at-home studies. Explore here.

Concertgebouworkest
The Concertgebouworkest has made its ‘Lockdown Archives’ since June 2020 available free of charge for the month of July 2021. Since the spring of 2020, the orchestra has streamed over 80 compositions in more than 40 productions, including 34 orchestral programs. The orchestral players performed socially distanced and usually in an otherwise empty hall, but with an impressive line-up of leading conductors. All the streams together generated some 700,000 views worldwide. 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 a series of streamed archived performances on its website, which are then available for the next six months. 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. Explore here.

Kennedy Center: Arts Across America
Arts across America focuses on cultural leadership and art as a catalyst for public healing, decolonization, and genuine global change. With artistic contributions from the Black Trans theater community, programs about Sacrifice Zones and the environment, the fight for women’s rights in the Latinx community, and discussions of the prisons and detention center system, and about the importance of Indigenous food and health. Hosted by sage artistic minds, these performances and conversations strive to bring audiences together to heal our country, communities, and selves. Explore here and other Kennedy Center regular online releases via their digital stage here.

La Scala/RAI
Italy’s RAI presents a wide range of productions from La Scala Milan and other opera houses as well as a range of concerts. 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 in summer 2020. 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 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. 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 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, 2020 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.

Minnesota Orchestra
Minnesota Orchestra at Home shares recent performances as well as 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.

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 or broadcast via Facebook Live.

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. Explore here. 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.

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.

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

Opera Philadelphia Channel
Opera Philadelphia has created its own channel through which to share its digital offering. Operatic films like David T. Little’s Soldier Songs, world premiere digital commissions by Tyshawn Sorey, Courtney Bryan, Angélica Negrón, and Caroline Shaw, and recordings of stage productions like La Traviata and Breaking the Waves are available on-demand. Season subscriptions priced at $99 are offered along with pay-per-view rentals for individual performances. The channel is available on computers and mobile devices, as well as AppleTV, Android TV, Roku, and Amazon FireTV. Explore here.

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