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November 16, 2020 | By Clive Paget, Musical America

This list will be updated weekly. Note all times are 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, November 16

8 am ET: Wigmore Hall presents Nicky Spence, Jess Dandy & Julius Drake. The British tenor performs his acclaimed interpretation of Janácek’s song cycle The Diary of One who Disappeared. Register, view here and on demand for 30 days. LIVE

9 am ET: Baruch Performing Arts Center presents Alexander String Quartet. As part of Beethoven @ 250, the BPAC String Quartet-in-Residence will traverse Beethoven’s early, middle and late quartets, including selections from String Quartets Op. 18, No. 1, Op 59, No. 2 and Op. 135. Register and view here and on demand until November 29.

9 am ET: Baruch Performing Arts Center presents Alexander String Quartet. As part of Beethoven @ 250, the BPAC String Quartet-in-Residence pairs Beethoven’s String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132 with American composer George Walker’s Lyric for String Quartet. Walker, the first Black composer to win the Pulitzer Prize in Music, wrote Lyric in response to the death of his grandmother. Its theme echoes the Heiliger Dankgesang (Holy Song of Thanksgiving) from Beethoven’s Op. 132. Register and view here and on demand until November 29.

1 pm ET: Wiener Staatsoper presents Donizetti's Anna Bolena. Conductor: Evelino Pidò, director: Eric Génovèse. With Anna Netrebko, Elina Garanca, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Francesco Meli, and Elisabeth Kulman. Performance of April 2, 2011. Register for free and view here.

2:30 pm ET: Wigmore Hall presents Tamsin Waley-Cohen & Huw Watkins. The violinist and pianist play Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 8 in G and No. 10 in G, Knussen’s Reflection for violin and piano, Janácek’s Violin Sonata, and the world premiere of a new work for violin and piano by Watkins. Register, view here and on demand for 30 days. LIVE

3 pm ET: London Philharmonic presents Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges. Lee Reynolds conducts a new filmed production of Ravel’s opera. With an ensemble of over 80 singers, the opera tells the story of a child, being educated at home, who is punished for bad behaviour by a variety of household objects and animals coming to life. Rachael Hewer’s production was conceived as a response to world events with each scene filmed by the singers in their own homes and brought to life with costumes and set added in post-production through the aid of green-screen technology. View here for 30 days.

4 pm ET: Manhattan School of Music presents Here, Now. A video performance and live Zoom webinar with pianist Lara Downes, MSM’s first Artist Citizen-in-Residence. Over the course of her residency, she will give students space and time to explore the impact of how and why designing programs with more inclusive repertoire is paramount in professional training—creating more collaborative, meaningful, and relevant experiences with community and audiences. View here.

6:30 pm ET: Orchestra of St. Luke’s presents Connections Across Time & Space. The second concert in the Composers of Note series connects three composers whose works draw from similar sources of inspiration. Contemporary American composer Christine Delphine Hedden’s Cuimhne draws on New England folk music and traditional Irish music. Florence Price combined traditional African American idioms with mid-century American classical music in her String Quartet No. 2. Written when he was 27, Brahms’s First String Sextet exposes the sonic potential of the two violins, two violas, and two cellos. Tickets $40 per household (suggested) but minimum donation $1 per concert. View here.

6:30 pm ET: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents Composers in Focus I: Zosha Di Castri. Composer and pianist Zosha Di Castri talks with pianist Orion Weiss and violinist Kristin Lee about motivation, influences, inspiration and her work Sprung Testament, commissioned by Jennifer Koh as a sister piece to Beethoven’s Spring Sonata. Register and view here and on demand for a week.

7:30 pm ET: Met Opera Streams presents Verdi’s Don Carlo. Starring Marina Poplavskaya, Anna Smirnova, Roberto Alagna, Simon Keenlyside, and Ferruccio Furlanetto, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. From December 11, 2010. View here and for 24 hours.

7:30 pm ET: SalonEra presents Folk Influences. Three violinists—Gail Hernández Rosa, Edwin Huizinga, and David McCormick—share recent work spanning Celtic tunes, traditional music from Spain, and research focused on Black musicians at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Suggested donation $10, register and view here.

8 pm ET: Apollo’s Fire presents Allure: The Three Amandas. In the palace of Ferrara, three ladies entertained princes with their astonishing musicianship. The “Tre Donne di Ferrara” were probably the first female professional musicians. Apollo’s Fire collaborates with three Amandas—sopranos Amanda Forsythe and Amanda Powell, and mezzo-soprano Amanda Crider—in virtuoso trios written for the Ferrara ladies, alongside songs by Barbara Strozzi and Francesca Caccini and duets from Monteverdi’s Scherzi Musicali. Tickets $22. View here.

Tuesday, November 17

1 pm ET: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic presents Anna Larsson sings Lieder. The Lied Evenings subscription at Konserthuset Stockholm is now in its eighth season. Pianist Magnus Svensson and Swedish contralto Anna Larsson perform music by Wagner (the Wesendonck Lieder), Rangström, Mahler (Kindertotenlieder), and Richard Strauss. View here.

1 pm ET: Wiener Staatsoper presents Richard Strauss’s Arabella. Conductor: Peter Schneider, director: Sven-Eric Bechtolf. With Camilla Nylund, Bo Skovhus, Chen Reiss, Herbert Lippert, Daniela Fally. Performance of March 17, 2016. Register for free and view here

1:30 pm ET: IDAGIO Global Concert Hall presents LSO: Winters, Maderna, Haydn & Shostakovich. The London Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda perform Elizabeth Winters’s Sudden Squall, Sudden Shadow, inspired by Japanese poet Yosa Buson’s haiku, followed by Bruno Maderna’s Music of Gaity. The concert concludes with Haydn’s Sinfonia concertante in B flat and Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony in C minor. Tickets EUR 9.90. View here. LIVE

2:15 pm ET: Czech Philharmonic presents Velvet Revolution: Smetana’s Má Vlast. Semyon Bychkov and the CPO honor the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution on November 17, 1989. The CPO gave its first full rendition of Má vlast in a brewery in 1901 and in 1925 it was chosen by Václav Talich for the Orchestra’s first live broadcast. During the Nazi occupation, when Goebbels demanded they perform in Berlin and Dresden, Talich programmed Má vlast as an act of defiance. This performance will mark 30 years since Rafael Kubelík’s legendary performance of the work in Prague’s Old-Town Square commemorating Czechoslovakia’s first free elections in June 1990. View here and for seven days.

7:30 pm ET: 92nd St Y presents Aaron Diehl. Diehl has made an indelible mark on the jazz world in the last 15 years, but he arrived in jazz as a classically trained Juilliard graduate and recently drew raves for performances of Gershwin’s Concerto with the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra. Here he presents a solo concert blurring lines and synthesizing his perspectives and passions in a program of works by African American composers from William Grant Still to Duke Ellington. Tickets $15. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Gounod’s Faust. Starring Marina Poplavskaya, Jonas Kaufmann, and René Pape, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. From December 10, 2011. View here and for 24 hours.

7:30 pm ET: American Classical Orchestra presents Chaconne Part 1. NYC’s  period-instrument orchestra plays part one of a two-part virtual program with chamber music performances and interviews showcasing the chaconne in 17th- and 18th-century music. Captured at the Neo-Gothic Harlem Parish, known for its remarkable fan vaulting and acoustics, it features Mexican mezzo-soprano Guadalupe Peraza, violinists Karen Dekker and Chloe Fedor, gambist Arnie Tanimoto, theorbo player Charles Weaver, and ACO’s Artistic Director and Founder Thomas Crawford on harpsichord. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents CMS Mainstage: Sextetfest. Archival performances of Brahms’s Sextet No. 1 in B-flat for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Two Cellos, Op. 18 and Mendelssohn’s Sextet in D for Piano, Violin, Two Violas, Cello, and Bass. View here and on demand for a week.

7:30 pm ET: UNCSA presents Jessica McJunkins. Alumna and violinist Jessica McJunkins performs Chevalier de Saint-Georges’s Violin Concerto with student string ensembles conducted by Associate Conductor Karen Ni Bhroin. The program also features works by Jessie Montgomerie, Hindemith, Barber, Mendelssohn, and Saint-Georges’s Symphonie concertante No. 2, Op. 13. View here.

8 pm ET: DACAMERA presents Hearing Color, Seeing Time: Feldman in the Ancient Galleries. With a concert grand installed in the Menil Collection's ancient art galleries, Sarah Rothenberg performs in a filmic treatment of Feldman’s last piano work, Palais de Mari (1986). She will be surrounded by objects from the same area and era as the ruined palace of 2400 B.C.E. that inspired Feldman’s composition. Register and view here.

Wednesday, November 18

12 pm ET: Hanns Eisler Academy Berlin presents Kirill Gerstein in an online seminar with harpsichordist and fortepianist Andreas Staier to discuss Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Mozart said of C. P. E. Bach: “He is the father, we are the children”. Combining traits of the Baroque and Classical eras and foretelling the Romantic age, his influence on Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and others is undeniable. C.P.E Bach’s ideas expressed in the “Essay on The True Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments” are an important part of the DNA of keyboard playing until the present day. Register here for the free Zoom seminar. LIVE 

1 pm ET: Wiener Staatsoper presents Richard Strauss’s Salome. Conductor: Michael Boder, director: Boleslaw Barlog. With Lise Lindstrom, Michael Volle, Waltraud Meier, Herwig Pecoraro. Performance of January 24, 2020. Register for free and view here.

1 pm ET: Daniel Hope presents Hope@Home: Next Generation. The award-winning TV show’s U.S. debut sees the British violinist taking it to San Francisco. Six half-hour episodes will feature musical performances by Hope and members of the New Century Chamber Orchestra, of which he is Music Director. Guests include composer Jake Heggie, percussionist Zakir Hussain, pianist Garrick Ohlsson, and other musicians from the Bay Area. View here

1:15 pm ET: Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts presents Andrew Byun & Victor Asunción. Cellist Andrew Byun and pianist Victor Asunción perform Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70, Tailleferre’s Berceuse, and Beethoven’s Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 5 No. 2. View here. LIVE

2 pm ET: Opera Streaming presents Verdi’s Otello. From Teatro Comunale di Bologna. Gabriele Lavia directs Verdi’s opera. With Gregory Kunde (Otello), Franco Vassallo (Jago), and Mariangela Sicilia (Desdemona). Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna is conducted by Asher Fisch. View here.

2 pm ET: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande presents Tchaikovsky & Brahms. French-Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili is the soloist in Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, followed by Brahms’s Symphony No. 2. Christoph Koncz conducts the OSR. View here.

2 pm ET: Austrian Cultural Forum New York presents Beethoven-Katzer Contrasts. Jörg Ulrich Krah (cello) and Bernhard Parz (piano) present Beethoven's sonatas for cello and piano, contrasted with Georg Katzer's Postscripta to B. Contrasting Beethoven with Georg Katzer (1935-2019), who was the last student of Hans Eisler, demonstrates Beethoven's modernity throughout his compositional life. This concert commemorates the 250th birthday of Beethoven and the 85th birthday of Katzer. View here.

2 pm ET: Carnegie Hall presents Master Class: Orchestral Strings. Joseph Conyers, assistant principal bassist of The Philadelphia Orchestra, hosts an episode of highlights from master classes for string players. Noah Bendix-Balgley, first concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker, explains a passage from Mozart’s Symphony No. 40. Ludwig Quandt, the orchestra’s first principal cellist, coaches a segment from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. Bassist Ödön Rácz from the Vienna Philharmonic works through a selection from Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite. View here and on demand.

2 pm ET: IDAGIO presents Classical (R)evolution with Rachel. Join soprano Rachel Fenlon as she explores what breaking the rules, embracing uncertainty, and thinking “outside the box” does for classical music-making. In this episode: Austrian soprano Anna Prohaska. View here. LIVE

2 pm ET: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic presents Weilerstein & Little. Violinist Tasmin Little, in her farewell performances in Liverpool, plays Ravel’s Tzigane and Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending. The concert ends with Mozart’s Symphony No. 40. Joshua Weilerstein conducts. The concert will be preceded by a live pre-concert talk on Zoom and a post-concert Zoom Q&A with musicians and conductor in a sort of post-match analysis. Tickets £10 and view here for 30 days. LIVE

2:30 pm Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra presents Souvenirs of Florence. Mozart wrote his Quintet in C at the height of his compositional maturity. With dark passions lurking behind the ingratiating tunefulness of the music, Tchaikovsky’s Souvenirs of Florence are far from being just a medley of Italian melodies. Tickets £6 and view here. LIVE

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Dvorák’s Rusalka. Starring Renée Fleming, Emily Magee, Dolora Zajick, Piotr Beczala, and John Relyea, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. From February 8, 2014. From January 8, 2011. View here and for 24 hours.

Thursday, November 19

1 am ET: Chicago Symphony Orchestra presents CSO Sessions Episode 7: Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale. Stravinsky’s landmark theater piece is scored for seven musicians. In this version, one actor portrays all the roles leading listeners on a journey that delivers high stakes thrills and bitter irony with the devil winning in the end. Erina Yashima leads this performance with actor James Earl Jones II. View here and on demand for 30 days.

12 pm ET: Boston Symphony Orchestra presents Music in Changing Times: American Promise. Ken-David Masur leads the BSO in Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9, New World, and Ives’s The Unanswered Question. BSO musicians will also be featured in a chamber music performance of Florence Price’s String Quartet in G. View here and on demand for 30 days.

1 pm ET: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic presents Alan Gilbert conducts Haydn, Schumann & Brahms. Gilbert replaces Franz Welser-Möst to lead the RPO in Haydn’s Symphony No. 39 in G minor, Brahms’s Haydn Variations, and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 View here.

1 pm ET: Daniel Hope presents Hope@Home: Next Generation. The award-winning TV show’s U.S. debut sees the British violinist taking it to San Francisco. Six half-hour episodes will feature musical performances by Hope and members of the New Century Chamber Orchestra, of which he is Music Director. Guests include composer Jake Heggie, percussionist Zakir Hussain, pianist Garrick Ohlsson, and other musicians from the Bay Area. View here

1 pm ET: Wiener Staatsoper presents Berlioz’s Les Troyens. Conductor: Alain Altinoglu, director: David McVicar. With Joyce DiDonato, Brandon Jovanovich, Anna Caterina Antonacci, Adam Plachetka, Jongmin Park, Szilvia Vörös. Performance of November 4, 2018. Register for free and view here

2:30 pm ET: Academy of St Martins in the Fields presents Haydn’s Nelson Mass. Program: Mozart’s Venite populi, Ave verum corpus, and Divertimento in F, and Haydn’s Nelson Mass (Missa in Angustiis). With St Martin’s Voices and St Martin’s Players conducted by Gabriella Noble. Tickets £10. View here and on demand for one month.

3 pm ET: Oslo Philharmonic presents Beethoven’s Seventh. Eivind Gullberg Jensen conducts the Oslo Philharmonic in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. The concert is part of Mellomspill II, a sequel to the previous lockdown’s Mellomspill (Interlude) series, filmed in an empty concert hall in accordance with current infection control guidelines. View here. LIVE

7 pm ET: Baruch Performing Arts Center presents A Deeper Dive into the Music of George Walker. Composer George Walker’s son Gregory Walker and violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins offer insights into George Walker, the man and his music. Register and view here. LIVE

7 pm ET: LA Opera presents Living Room Recital: Nicholas Brownlee & Joshua Guerreo. Bass-baritone Nicholas Brownlee and tenor Joshua Guerreo are joined by pianist Christopher Allen for a recital of songs from opera and musicals. View here. LIVE

7 pm ET: New York Philharmonic presents A Virtual Gala Celebrating New York City. The event includes newly filmed and previously captured performances by Philharmonic musicians include works by Bernstein, Beethoven, Elgar, Julia Wolfe, and New York Philharmonic Very Young Composer Camryn Cowan. Featured guests include Emanuel Ax, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Katie Couric, Renée Fleming, David Foster, Josh Groban, John Lithgow, Stephen Sondheim, Emma Thompson, John Williams, and Music Director Jaap van Zweden. View here until Dec 1. 

7 pm ET: Opera Saratoga presents America Sings. Mezzo soprano Deborah Nansteel launches a new series with pianist Giovanni Reggioli. This first concert will feature music by George Gershwin, Billy Strayhorn, Richard Rogers, Erroll Garner, Richard Wagner, and William Bolcom, along with a selection of traditional spirituals. View here.

7 pm ET: Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presents Roman Rabinovich. Winner of the 2008 Rubinstein International Piano Competition, the Uzbek-born pianist makes his PCMS recital debut with a program of Haydn, Rabinovich, and Debussy that culminates in Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 23, the Appassionata, considered by many to be Beethoven’s most emotional musical utterance. Tickets $25. View here. LIVE

7:30 pm ET: Live With Carnegie Hall presents "Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg." Bader Ginsburg worked tirelessly to promote justice throughout, but when she needed a respite from the pressures of the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg famously turned to opera and classical music. Hosted by Isabel Leonard—and featuring an interview with Justice Ginsburg’s children, alongside remarks and performances by Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming, Denyce Graves, and Patrice Michaels—Carnegie Hall honors the groundbreaking icon who gave so much of herself to ensure a more just world for us all. View here and on demand.

7:30 pm ET: 92nd St Y presents Emerson Quartet & Yefim Bronfman. The Emerson String Quartet perform the central two movements from Schumann’s A Major String Quartet before Bronfman joins for Brahms’s Piano Quintet in F Minor. Recorded on November 2, 2020. Tickets $15. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Detroit Symphony Orchestra presents Ballet to Ballroom. Dance through the decades and waltz around the world as the DSO plays ballet, music from the hottest night clubs and ballrooms, and beyond. With a special appearance by a duo of champion dancers from Dance New York studio. Tickets $12 and view here.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Verdi’s La Traviata. Starring Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flórez, and Quinn Kelsey, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. From December 15, 2018. View here and for 24 hours.

7:30 pm ET: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents International Quartet Series: Danish String Quartet. A newly recorded concert from Copenhagen. Program: Bach’s Contrapunctus XIV: Fuga a 3 Soggetti from The Art of Fugue, Webern’s Langsamer Satz for String Quartet, Bach’s “Vor deinen Thron tret ich hiermit” for String Quartet, BWV 668, and Mozart’s String Quartet in E-flat, K. 428. Tickets $20. View here and on demand for a week.

8 pm ET: The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Gil Shaham plays The Four Seasons. Vivaldi’s iconic Four Seasons, in a performance with violinist Gil Shaham who both performs the solo and leads the ensemble. Tickets $15. View here and on demand for three days. LIVE

8 pm ET: The Orchestra Now presents Fanfares, Serenades, Concertinos. Bard College Conservatory Orchestra, Music Director Leon Botstein, and faculty trombonist Weston Sprott play Henri Tomasi’s Fanfares liturgiques (Edward Carroll, conductor), Dvorák’s Serenade in D minor, Op. 44, Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D, BWV 1068, Lars-Erik Larsson’s Concertino for Trombone and String Orchestra, Op. 45, and Haydn’s Symphony No. 60 in C. Register and view here.

8 pm ET: Library of Congress presents Jennifer Koh. The violinist kicks off her digital residency performing two commissions from the Library’s McKim Fund—Julia Wolfe’s Mink Stole and George Lewis’s The Mangle of Practice—alongside new pieces from her commissioning series Alone Together. Thomas Sauer accompanies. Register and view here.

10:30 pm ET: Seattle Symphony presents Sorey & Beethoven. David Robertson conducts the Seattle Symphony in Brett Dean’s Testament, Tyshawn Sorey’s For Roscoe Mitchell for Cello & Orchestra (World Premiere), and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4. With Seth Parker Woods, cello. View here.

Friday, November 20

1 pm ET: OperaVision presents Faust [working title]. Taking Goethe's character as its starting point, Faust [working title] is large-scale collage performance with chorus, orchestra, soloists, and music from 12 composers. Dutch National Opera invites a new generation of music theatre makers to explore new ideas. The result is a poetic, musical reflection on who we are and where we are going. View here and on demand for three months.

1 pm ET: LA Phil Soundstage presents Episode 9: Finales. Endings are crucial in music, but they are often one of the hardest elements for a composer to do well. This closing episode offers three masterful finishes from Ravel—The Fairy Garden from Mother Goose—Beethoven—the final movement of Symphony No. 7—and Gabriela Ortiz—Corpórea: Ritual Mind, Corporeous Pulse—plus a conversation between Gustavo Dudamel and Alejandro G. Iñárritu on the nature of finales. View here and on demand.

1 pm ET: Wiener Staatsoper presents Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. Conductor: Carlos Kleiber, director: Otto Schenk. With Felicity Lott, Anne Sofie von Otter, Kurt Moll, Barbara Bonney, Gottfried Hornik, Heinz Zednik. Performance of March 1994. Register for free and view here.

1 pm ET: Daniel Hope presents Hope@Home: Next Generation. The award-winning TV show’s U.S. debut sees the British violinist taking it to San Francisco. Six half-hour episodes will feature musical performances by Hope and members of the New Century Chamber Orchestra, of which he is Music Director. Guests include composer Jake Heggie, percussionist Zakir Hussain, pianist Garrick Ohlsson, and other musicians from the Bay Area. View here

1:45 pm ET: Medici TV presents Iván Fischer conducts Enescu, Stravinsky & Prokofiev. From the Müpa Budapest, Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra perform Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 in A, the composer's best-known work. Violinist Vilde Frang joins for Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto and the concert ends with Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony, one of the composer’s wartime masterpieces. Subscriptions from £9.90. View here. LIVE

2 pm ET: DG Stage presents Lang Lang plays Bach’s Goldberg Variations. The Chinese pianist plays the Goldberg Variations at Leipzig’s iconic St. Thomas Church where Bach is buried. Recorded in early March 2020. Tickets EUR 9.90. View here.

2 pm ET: Hauser & Wirth presents In Performance: Leila Josefowicz. Streaming live from New York City, the violinist performs the world premiere of La linea evocativa. un disegno per violino solo by Matthias Pintscher. The piece responds to ‘George Condo. Internal Riot,’ an exhibition that runs through January 23, 2021 at Hauser & Wirth’s New York gallery. Register and view here. LIVE

2:30 ET: Royal Opera House presents Handel’s Ariodante. Ariodante was the first opera written by Handel for the first theatre on the current Royal Opera House site and has not been performed at Covent Garden since. This semi-staged concert performance stars Paula Murrihy, Chen Reiss, Gerald Finley, and Sophie Bevan with the Royal Opera Chorus and Orchestra conducted by baroque music specialist Christian Curnyn. Tickets £10. View here. LIVE

2:45 pm ET: Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival presents The Future is Female. Pianist Sarah Cahill performs Deirdre Gribbin’s Unseen, Annea Lockwood’s Ear-Walking Woman, Theresa Wong’s She Dances Naked Under Palm Trees, Maria de Alvear’s Intenso, Aida Shirazi’s Albumblatt, and Gabriela Ortiz’s Preludio y Estudio No. 3. View here and explore the Festival’s November 20–22 other events here.

3 pm ET: IDAGIO Global Concert Hall presents Xavier Sabata: Fons Amoris, source of Love. Catalan countertenor Xavier Sabata stars in a program dedicated to the Baroque accompanied by the Vespres d'Arnadí Baroque Orchestra under the baton of Dani Espasa. The concert includes music by Marini, Sances, Alessandro Scarlatti, and Vivaldi. Tickets EUR 9.90. View here.

7 pm ET: Brooklyn Raga Massive presents Ragas Live Festival. Imagine if you asked every one of your musical heroes to play a short set from their home. Now imagine they all said “Sure!” and agreed to play something no one else has ever seen. NYC's Ragas Live 24-hour festival moves online with artists including Terry Riley, Zakir Hussain, Toumani Diabate, Andy Statman, and Betsayda Machado, and featuring global music from 13 cities around the world. View here.

7 pm ET: Philadelphia International Music Camp & Festival presents Virtual Horn Master Class. As part of a series featuring principal players of The Philadelphia Orchestra, Associate Principal Horn Jeffrey Lang will present a live 60-minute master class followed by a 30-minute Q & A Session in which audience members can interact directly. Reserve tickets here

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites. Starring Isabel Leonard, Adrianne Pieczonka, Erin Morley, Karen Cargill, Karita Mattila, David Portillo, and Jean-François Lapointe, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. From May 11, 2019. View here and for 24 hours.

7:30 pm ET: Detroit Symphony Orchestra presents Cinematic Strings. The DSO’s strings are featured in this program of music from favorite TV shows, blockbuster films, and more. Tickets $12 and view here.

7:30 pm ET: American Classical Orchestra presents Chaconne Part 2. NYC’s period instrument orchestra plays part two of a two-part virtual program with performances and interviews showcasing the chaconne in 17th- and 18th-century music. Captured at the Neo-Gothic Harlem Parish, known for its remarkable fan vaulting and acoustics, it features Mexican mezzo-soprano Guadalupe Peraza, violinists Karen Dekker and Chloe Fedor, gambist Arnie Tanimoto, theorbo player Charles Weaver, and ACO’s Artistic Director and Founder Thomas Crawford on harpsichord. View here.

8 pm ET: Opera Philadelphia presents Cycles Of My Being. Lawrence Brownlee leads the broadcast premiere of Cycles of My Being, a song cycle that centers on what it means to be a Black man living in America today. Composed by multi-instrumentalist Tyshawn Sorey, Opera Philadelphia’s current Composer in Residence, with lyrics by award-winning poet Terrance Hayes. Tickets from $20. View here and on demand.

8 pm ET: Violins of Hope presents L.A. Farewell Concert. Violins of Hope is a collection of over 60 stringed instruments rescued from the Holocaust and restored by Amnon Weinstein, and his son, Avshalom in their shop in Tel Aviv. Last March, the collection was brought to Los Angeles for a series of concerts, exhibits and educational programming, most of which were suspended. Niv Ashkenazi, Lindsay Deutsch, and Janice Mautner Markham perform a videoed farewell concert on the instruments they were to play at various Southland Violins of Hope concerts, recorded safely as per COVID regulations. View here.

9 pm ET: Minnesota Orchestra presents Musical Originals. As part of the Minnesota Orchestra's series of live Friday night concerts, the orchestra’s musicians perform a string quartet by Jamaican-born British composer Eleanor Alberga and Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro. The Minnesota Orchestra also performs its first full symphony of the 2020-21 season with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1. William Eddins conducts. View here. LIVE

11 pm ET: Old First Concerts presents Ensemble for These Times: Old Becomes New. Ensemble for These Times kicks off its 13th season with new music by living composers inspired by older forms, styles, and themes. Program includes Mary Bianco’s Etude for Margaret and Are You Born (World Premieres), Juliana Hall’s Through the Guarded Gate (California Premiere), Dalit Warshaw’s Winter Dream (in memoriam Charlotte Salomon), John Musto’s In Stride from Five Concert Rags, plus selections from Mystery Variations on a Theme by Columbi for Cello. Tickets $20. View here.

Saturday, November 21

1 pm ET: San Francisco Opera presents Verdi’s Rigoletto. Directed by Harry Silverstein, SFO’s 2012 production of Verdi’s tragedy stars Serbian baritone Ċ½eljko Lucic as the hunchbacked jester and Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak as his daughter, Gilda. Italian tenor Francesco Demuro is the Duke of Mantua, Italian bass Andrea Silvestrelli is the assassin Sparafucile with mezzo Kendall Gladen as his sister Maddalena. Nicola Luisotti leads the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. View here until midnight the following day.

1 pm ET: Daniel Hope presents Hope@Home: Next Generation. The award-winning TV show’s U.S. debut sees the British violinist taking it to San Francisco. Six half-hour episodes will feature musical performances by Hope and members of the New Century Chamber Orchestra, of which he is Music Director. Guests include composer Jake Heggie, percussionist Zakir Hussain, pianist Garrick Ohlsson, and other musicians from the Bay Area. View here

1 pm ET: Wiener Staatsoper presents Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. Conductor: Peter Schneider, director: Sven-Eric Bechtolf. With Lise Davidsen, Stephen Gould, Markus Eiche, Rachel Frenkel, Erin Morley, Peter Matic. Performance of November 29, 2017. Register for free and view here

3 pm ET: Concerts at Saint Thomas presents The Complete Beethoven Sonatas III. A celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, pianist Adam Golka presents the second part of an eight-part concert series surveying Beethoven’s complete Piano Sonatas. This program: Fantasies and the Moonlight. View here.

3 pm ET:  Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents Musical Royalty. Program: Kreisler’s Lieberslied, Falla’s Danse Espagnole, Glinka’s Trio Pathétique, and Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat, Op. 44 played by Anton Nel, piano, Gary Levinson and Swang Lin, violin, Aaron Boyd, viola, and Allan Steele, cello. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Puccini’s Turandot. Starring Christine Goerke, Eleonora Buratto, Yusif Eyvazov, and James Morris, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. From October 12, 2019. View here and for 24 hours.

7:30 pm ET: Chicago Opera Theater presents Rimsky Rebooted. In place of their scheduled full production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Kashchej The Immortal, Will Liverman, Annie Rosen, and Wilbur Pauley will present Rimsky Rebooted, a new recital featuring—among other music—excerpts from Kashchej. Tickets $20 and view here for 72 hours.

7:30 pm ET: Louisville Orchestra presents American Soul. Born of the songs of enslaved people, from Southern churches and street corners, “soul” music brought the world rhythm & blues, funk, do-wop, rock-n-roll, blues, and jazz—influencing every musician in our country for generations. Teddy Abrams and the LO pay tribute to the music that is the foundation of all contemporary music. Tickets from $25 and view here.

8 pm ET: DACAMERA presents Anthony McGill & Gloria Chien. New York Philharmonic principal clarinetist Anthony McGill, who recently earned the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, performs works of Brahms and Weber with pianist Gloria Chien. The concert will be preceded by a Zoom reception with the artist at 7:15 pm ET. Register and view here.

8 pm ET: A Far Cry presents The Shape of Joy. Written by a 17-year-old, Mozart’s String Quintet No. 1 evokes the honesty of youth. Breathing Sunlight by Akshaya Tucker stirs memories of lying in the sunlit grass with the composer’s grandfather. Limestone & Felt by Caroline Shaw brings to mind the sounds that collide and echo around a stone chapel, or that gently bounce off of soft material. Tickets from $8. View here.

8 pm ET: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra presents Live From Music Hall: You Have The Right To Remain Silent. Louis Langrée and the CSO are back in Music Hall for a digital performance featuring Anthony Davis’s poignant and powerful You Have the Right to Remain Silent with clarinet soloist Anthony McGill. Ohioan Julia Perry’s music opens the program followed by Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony. View here.

8 pm ET: Musae presents Auris Borealis: Music from the Düben Collection. Filament, a period instrument trio based in Philadelphia, bring to life chamber music of the Gustaf Düben Collection, a precious document of the cosmopolitan musical life at the court of Upsala, Sweden. Live from St. John’s in the Village, this concert will be broadcast in both HD and 360° virtual reality so audiences can enjoy a completely immersive experience. Tickets from $5. View here, with information on virtual reality headsets.

9 pm ET: Houston Symphony presents American Strings: From Folk to Film. Steven Reineke and HS string section perform a POPS program that includes John Williams’s favorites, light-hearted Leroy Anderson classics, Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer, Copland’s Hoedown, and more. Tickets $20. View here. LIVE

Sunday, November 22

5 am ET: Ravenna Festival presents Riccardo Muti & The Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra. Live from Ravenna’s Alighieri Theater. Program: Schubert’s Symphony No. 3 and Symphony No 8, Unfinished. View here and on demand. LIVE 

12 pm ET: The Gesualdo Six’s London Sound Gallery presents Matilda Lloyd. Notes of yearning explores the idea of rebirth in a sequence of pieces connected by moments of fresh inspiration. Featuring works by Alessandro Marcello, Sofia Gubaidulina, Johannes Brahms, and Laurence Bitensky. Tickets £10. View here and on demand until January 1, 2021. LIVE

1 pm ET: Wiener Staatsoper presents Verdi’s Don Carlos. Conductor: Bertrand de Billy, director: Peter Konwitschny. With Malin Byström, Jonas Kaufmann, Eve-Maud Hubeaux, Igor Golovantenko, Michele Pertusi, Virginie Verrez. Performance of October 4, 2020. Register for free and view here.

1 pm ET: Daniel Hope presents Hope@Home: Next Generation. The award-winning TV show’s U.S. debut sees the British violinist taking it to San Francisco. Six half-hour episodes will feature musical performances by Hope and members of the New Century Chamber Orchestra, of which he is Music Director. Guests include composer Jake Heggie, percussionist Zakir Hussain, pianist Garrick Ohlsson, and other musicians from the Bay Area. View here

2 pm ET: London Symphony Orchestra presents Schnittke, Siem & Mozart. Ryan Wigglesworth conducts the LSO with violinists Roman Simovic and Carmine Lauri in a program of Schnittke’s Concerto Grosso No. 1 for Two Solo Violins, Sasha Siem’s Ojos Del Cielo, and Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, K551, Jupiter. View here.

3 pm ET: MET Orchestra presents Series Premiere. Live from The Highline in New York City, the opening concert of the Spotlight Series includes Nessun Dorma arranged for four horns, Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence, and the genre-bending string quartet Strum by Jessie Montgomery. The concert includes an update about ongoing research by Princeton University engineers to determine how to return to live performances safely and a live conversation hosted by tenor Matthew Polenzani. Tickets $15. View here

3 pm ET: Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presents Jasper Quartet & Amy Yang. The Jasper Quartet and Yang perform works by living female composers. Program: León’s Ethos, Ko’s Escape-Landscape, Thomas’s Helix Spirals, Auerbach’s Winter (Philadelphia Premiere), and Tower’s Dumbarton. Tickets $20. View here. LIVE

3 pm ET: Oslo Philharmonic presents Arne Nordheim’s Nachruf. Eivind Gullberg Jensen conducts the Oslo Philharmonic in Arne Nordheim’s Nachruf. The concert is part of Mellomspill II, a sequel to the previous lockdown’s Mellomspill (Interlude) series, filmed in an empty concert hall in accordance with current infection control guidelines. View here. LIVE

5 pm ET: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents Front Row Mainstage: The Inventors. Archival performances of Mozart’s Trio in G for Piano, Violin, and Cello, K. 564, Crumb’s Four Nocturnes (Night Music II) for Violin and Piano, de Mey’s Musique de tables for Percussion Trio, and Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit for Piano. View here and on demand for a week.

7:30 pm ET: Met Opera Streams presents Berg’s Wozzeck. Starring Elza van den Heever, Tamara Mumford, Christopher Ventris, Gerhard Siegel, Andrew Staples, Peter Mattei, and Christian Van Horn, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. From January 11, 2020. View here and for 24 hours.

Monday, November 23

8 am ET: Wigmore Hall presents Elias String Quartet & Robert Plane. The leading clarinetist has championed numerous British works. Arthur Bliss’s Clarinet Quintet was first performed in 1932 by Frederick Thurston and the Kutcher Quartet and memorializes the composer’s clarinetist brother Francis Kennard, killed during the First World War. Beethoven’s String Trio in C minor Op. 9 No. 3 completes the program. Register, view here and on demand for 30 days. LIVE

1 pm ET: Wiener Staatsoper presents Richard Strauss’s Elektra. Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst, director: Harry Kupfer. With Ricarda Merbeth, Camilla Nylund, Doris Soffel, Derek Welton, Jörg Schneider. Performance of September 11, 2020. Register for free and view here.

1 pm ET: Daniel Hope presents Hope@Home: Next Generation. The award-winning TV show’s U.S. debut sees the British violinist taking it to San Francisco. Six half-hour episodes will feature musical performances by Hope and members of the New Century Chamber Orchestra, of which he is Music Director. Guests include composer Jake Heggie, percussionist Zakir Hussain, pianist Garrick Ohlsson, and other musicians from the Bay Area. View here

2:30 pm ET: Wigmore Hall presents Trio Gaspard. Program: Beethoven’s Piano Trio in C minor Op. 1 No. 3, Helena Winkelman’s Micro-bagatelles, visitations from the past (UK première), and Saint-Saëns’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor Op. 92. Register, view here and on demand for 30 days. LIVE

6:30 pm ET: Orchestra of St. Luke’s presents Bologne + Mozart. The third program in the Composers of Note series. Born in Guadeloupe and educated in France, Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de St. Georges was one of the first French composers to embrace the growing popularity of the string quartet and symphonic forms championed by Haydn. His String Quartet No. 4 in C Minor is paired with Mozart’s celebrated Clarinet Quintet. Tickets $40 per household (suggested) but minimum donation $1 per concert. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Met Opera Streams presents Verdi’s Il Trovatore. Starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Álvarez, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, conducted by Marco Armiliato. From April 30, 2011. View here and for 24 hours.

Artists and Organizations Offering Free Content

The following are all accessible during the coronavirus pandemic:

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

American 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.

Austin Opera
Following its October debut at the Blue Starlite Drive-Ins in Austin Texas, Austin Opera brings its Lauren + Mark digital concert film online throughout November. Featuring Central Texas power couple, soprano Lauren Snouffer and baritone Mark Diamond, accompanied by Nyle Matsuoka, the film is directed by technology firm Subvrsive (Austin, TX) to showcase landmarks of Austin along with popular operatic songs, including selections chosen by Austin Opera fans. There will be a Watch Party on Monday, November 30 at 7:30 pm ET. View here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hope@Home
With the return of restrictions throughout Europe, violinist Daniel Hope is playing live from his Berlin living room at 1 pm ET every day throughout November. “The pandemic has affected our entire world. But the effect on our cultural world has also been devastating,” says Hope. “I think it is important now for established artists to use their influence to help the next generation, so that they have a chance in the future. That is why I have decided to restart Hope@Home, as well as to reconnect to people in lockdown around the world. Selected mentors will present young, freelance artists. All artists will receive a fee for their performances, and we will adhere to all COVID-19 regulations.” Mentors include Christoph Eschenbach, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Renaud Capuçon, Sol Gabetta, and Sarah Willis. Explore here.

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

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

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

Lincoln Center Lincoln Center Passport to the Arts
A variety of virtual classes, performances, and bonus content designed for children, teens and adults with disabilities and their families. Offerings include programs with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, New York City Ballet, the New York Philharmonic, and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Families can attend dance, music or drama classes, watch exclusive performances, check out behind-the-scenes content, and even meet performers—all from their homes. Families will receive pre-visit materials, including social narratives, photos, and links before each program. All programs take place via Zoom. Register here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paid Digital Arts Services

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

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

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