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March 29, 2021 | By Clive Paget, Musical America

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** Highly recommended

Monday, March 29

8 am ET: Wigmore Hall presents Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective. The ensemble performs Mélanie Bonis’s Soir–matin, Lili Boulanger’s D'un soir triste, and Fauré’s Piano Quartet No. 2 in G minor Op. 45. Register, view here and on demand for 30 days. LIVE

12 pm ET: Orchestra of The Swan presents The Interpretation of Dreams. Why do we dream? What makes our nocturnal visions so intriguing? David Le Page conducts an exploration of this creative stream using words and music with performances of works by Cage, Bach, Faure, Schubert, Liszt, and Debussy. Tickets £10. View here.

1 pm ET: Wiener Staatsoper presents Wagner’s Die Walküre. Conductor: Adam Fischer, director: Sven-Eric Bechtolf. With Christopher Ventris, Ain Anger, Waltraud Meier, Linda Watson, and Tomasz Konieczny. Production from January 2016. Register for free and view here.

2 pm ET: La Monnaie presents Bejun Mehta: Many Lives, One Love. Bejun Mehta returns to La Monnaie for a recital centered on the countertenor voice. The variety of its inflections (androgynous, feminine, masculine, powerful, or sensitive) is well suited to a diversity of repertoire that ranges from Mozart to Britten, evoking the different forms that love can take. View here and on demand.

2:30 pm ET: St John’s Smith Square & Tenebrae present Holy Week Festival 2021. Violinist Lana Trotovšek joins Tenebrae’s Associate Artists in this performance of Bach’s Partita No. 2 in D minor. Professor Helga Thoene has suggested the Partita was intended as a homage to Bach’s first wife, Maria Barbara, who had died unexpectedly, and that the Chaconne is based on a number of funeral melodies from the Lutheran church. Here, the movements of the Partita are interspersed with chorales before Tenebrae joins in the Chaconne to bring out the hidden melodies. View here.

2:30 pm ET: Wigmore Hall presents Ian Bostridge & Julius Drake. The duo performs songs by Schubert and Fauré as well as both books of Debussy’s Fêtes galantes. Register, view here and on demand for 30 days. LIVE

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

**7:30 pm ET: Lincoln Center at Home presents Jessye Norman in Concert. A rebroadcast of a classic performance with Jessye Norman and Jane Glover conducting the Orchestra of St. Luke's, entitled "Women of Legend, Fantasy, and Lore." Norman performs a program including “Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix,” "Dido's Lament," Carmen's "Seguidilla" and more. The episode hasn't been seen since it originally aired on Live From Lincoln Center in 1994. View here for 30 days.

7:30 pm ET: SalonEra presents Medieval Visionaries. Illuminating the lives and works of two Medieval visionaries: Christine de Pizan and Guillaume de Machaut. The greatest poet-musician of the 14th century, Machaut was a trailblazer across multiple forms and genres. Pizan challenged misogyny in her writing, envisioning a feminist utopia in her famous book The City of Ladies, and championing equal rights for women. Multi-instrumentalist Scott Metcalfe, director of vocal ensemble Blue Heron, joins Medieval organetto virtuoso Catalina Vicens for music by Machaut, Binchois, Dufay, and others. View here.

Tuesday, March 30

**8 am ET: Wigmore Hall presents Iestyn Davies, Carolyn Sampson & Arcangelo. Countertenor Iestyn Davies and soprano Carolyn Sampson are joined by period ensemble Arcangelo to perform Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. Register, view here and on demand for 30 days. LIVE

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

1:30 pm ET: IDAGIO Global Concert Hall presents New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra's 2021 season opens in carnival mode with pianist Stephen De Pledge playing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G conducted by Hamish McKeich plus a selection of Bach’s Goldberg Variations performed on fortepiano. Completing the program is the Piano Concerto No. 3 by NZ composer Anthony Ritchie conducted by Gemma New. Tickets from $8. View here.

2:30 pm ET: St John’s Smith Square & Tenebrae present Holy Week Festival 2021. In a concert entitled "The Revolutionary Drawing Room," the Very Reverend Dr. David Hoyle reads the associated texts during a performance of Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross, Hob.XX/Ib. View here.

2:30 pm ET: Wigmore Hall presents Tenebrae. The British choir performs Schütz’s Das ist je gewisslich wahr, SWV 388, Bach’s Komm, Jesu, komm BWV229, Jesu, meine Freude BWV227, and Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied BWV190, as well as works by Max Reger. Register, view here and on demand for 30 days. LIVE

5 pm ET: Copland House & I Care If You Listen present Cultivated Spaces. The second of a six-program series featuring the world premieres of the six new works Copland House commissioned for its CULTIVATE 2020 emerging composers institute. This week: Shuying Li’s Bloodlines, an instrumental paraphrase of her opera of the same name depicting the shocking story of a loving couple who were both adopted from conflict zones years ago, only to discover that they are blood-related siblings. View here.

7 pm ET: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra presents Charlie Parker: Easy to Love. An evening of popular compositions from the jazz halls of the 30s, 40s, and 50s featuring BPO clarinetist and saxophonist Sal Andolina, with selections made famous by Charlie Parker, including “Easy to Love,” “I’ve got you under my skin,” “Moon Mist,” and more. Tickets $10. View here until April 29.

** 7 pm ET: Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal presents Stasevska conducts Sibelius & Shostakovich. Finnish-Ukrainian conductor Dalia Stasevska conducts Sibelius’s Finlandia and the Harp Concerto by Einojuhani Rautavaara, showcasing OSM principal harp Jennifer Swartz. Shostakovich’s First Symphony completes the program. Tickets $20. View here until April 13.

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

8:30 pm ET: Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents Rhapsody in Blue. Andrew Grams conducts the DSO with pianist William Wolfram in an all-Gershwin program including Overture to Tip-Toes, Rhapsody in Blue, arr. Iain Farrington, Lullaby for Strings, and An American In Paris, arr. Iain Farrington. Tickets $10. View here until May 31.

Wednesday, March 31

6:15 am ET: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic presents Romantic Symphonies. Antonello Manacorda conducts the RSPO in Louise Farrenc’s Symphony No. 1 and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, Scottish. View here and on demand.

8 am ET: Wigmore Hall presents Kathryn Stott. The British pianist plays Grieg’s Holberg Suite Op. 40 as well as music by Fauré, Poulenc, Bach, Liszt, and Gershwin. Register, view here and on demand for 30 days.

12 pm ET: Apollo’s Fire presents Tapestry: Jewish Ghettos of Baroque Italy. In 1600, Italy was home to a melting pot of Jews from northern Europe, Spain, North Africa, and the Middle East. Though confined to ghettos, Jews enlivened Italy with a mix of Sephardic and Ashkenazi musical traditions. In Venice and Mantua, Jewish and Catholic composers such as Salamone Rossi, Monteverdi, and Marcello worked side by side. Fifteen musicians weave a musical tapestry of Hebrew chants and baroque settings of the Psalms, including a Sammartini concerto featuring Israeli recorder virtuoso Daphna Mor. Tickets $20. View here and for 30 days.

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

1:30 pm ET: St John’s Smith Square & Tenebrae present Holy Week Festival 2021. Tenebrae and Nigel Short perform the first of the three traditional Tenebrae services, featuring music by Victoria and Bruckner as well as Allegri’s celebrated Miserere. View here.

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

** 2:30 pm ET: Wigmore Hall presents La Serenissima & Adam Chandler. Contralto Jess Dandy joins the ensemble to perform Telemann’s Concerto for 4 violins in G TWV40:201, Ariosti’s Caio Marzio Coriolano (Act III Scene VIII), Vivaldi’s Concerto for 4 Violins in B flat RV553, Telemann’s Concerto for 4 violins in D TWV40:202, Valentini’s Concerto for 4 violins in A minor Op. 7 No. 11, and Vivaldi’s Amor, hai vinto (II) RV683. Register, view here and on demand for 30 days. LIVE

2:30 pm ET: Philharmonie de Paris presents Ensemble Intercontemporain. Matthias Pintscher conducts the famed ensemble in Chaya Czernowin’s On the Face of the Deep, Nina Senk’s T.E.R.R.A II, and Lucas Fagin’s Goodbye Planet Earth. View here. LIVE

3 pm ET: London Philharmonic presents Towards Freedom. Filmed without audience on March 4, 2021, Italian conductor Enrique Mazzola leads the London Philharmonic Orchestra in Missy Mazzoli’s These Worlds In Us and Sibelius’s Finlandia and Symphony No. 1. View here for seven days.

5 pm ET: American Composers Orchestra presents Composer to Composer. Missy Mazzoli talks with Meredith Monk about her work Weave, from 2010, of which Monk writes, “I conceived of Weave for Two Voices, Chamber Orchestra and Chorus as a continuous, seamless form in which layers that are at first part of a texture are gradually revealed, take on their own life and then are modified by the next layer that appears. Each passage evolves from the preceding one…. The ebb and flow of the piece depend on the relationship of tempi from one passage to another and the balance among the solo voices, instruments and chorus.” Register and view here.

** 6 pm ET: Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presents Richard Goode. Returning for his 30th PCMS recital, the pianist performs Bach’s Partita in D, BWV 828, Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in A, Op. 101, and selections from Debussy’s Préludes, Books I and II. View here.

** 7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux. Starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Elina Garanca, Matthew Polenzani, and Mariusz Kwiecien, conducted by Maurizio Benini. Production by Sir David McVicar. From April 16, 2016. View here and for 24 hours.

Thursday, April 1

7 am ET: The Hallé presents Shostakovich’s First. Broadcast from The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, Delyana Lazarova conducts Bacewicz’s Overture, Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1. Tickets £14. View here until June 25.

8 am ET: Wigmore Hall presents Llyr Williams. The Welsh pianist plays Schubert’s Fantasy Sonata in G D894 and Piano Sonata in C minor D958. Register, view here and on demand for 30 days.

8:30 am ET: Philharmonie de Paris presents La Marseillaise. The Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine and the Choeur de l'Armée française perform music by Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle, Giovanni Battista Viotti, Tchaikovsky, Jean Françaix, Serge Gainsbourg, Johann Strauss, Gustave Charpentier, The Beatles, and Claude Bolling. View here. LIVE

11 am ET: Medici.tv presents Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. Set designer Aurélie Maestre and costume designer Clémence Pernoud have moved the action of this Staatsoper Berlin production into the 1980s. Director Vincent Huguet’s production stars Elsa Dreisig, Nadine Sierra, and Emily D’Angelo with the Staatskapelle Berlin conducted by Daniel Barenboim. Tickets $13. View here. LIVE

12 pm ET: Boston Symphony Orchestra presents BSO Now. An archival concert featuring Colin Davis (BSO principal guest conductor, 1972–84) leading Siegfried’s Rhine Journey from Wagner’s Götterdämmerung (originally recorded on April 3, 1976); Sibelius’s Symphony No. 6 (originally recorded on November 29, 1975); and Elgar’s Cockaigne Overture (originally recorded on January 7, 1978). Davis’s relationship with the BSO stretched across more than four decades with many recordings and a regular presence at Tanglewood. Donate $100 for full access. View here for 30 days.

** 1 pm ET: Wiener Staatsoper presents Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer. Conductor: Peter Schneider, director: Christine Mielitz. With Michael Volle, Hans-Peter König, Ricarda Merbeth, and Herbert Lippert. Production from September 2015. Register for free and view here.

1:15 pm ET: Midtown Concerts presents ARTEK. In a program of Sacred Motets for Holy Week, ARTEK plays music by Alessandro Grandi (1590-1630) including from his Motetti con Sinfonie (1621) and including the solo motet O Vos Omnes, along with instrumental music of his contemporaries. View here.

1:30 pm ET: St John’s Smith Square & Tenebrae present Holy Week Festival 2021. For Maundy Thursday, Tenebrae’s small consort group performs selections from Victoria’s Tenebrae Responsories in an intimate candlelit service. View here.

** 2 pm ET: Medici.tv presents Sokhiev conducts Messiaen, Liszt & Tchaikovsky. The Franco-Russes Festival in Toulouse concludes live from the Halle aux Grains with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse conducted by Tugan Sokhiev and with pianist Bertrand Chamayou. The program includes Messiaen's Les Offrandes oubliées, Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5. View here. LIVE

2:30 pm ET: Wigmore Hall presents Stile Antico. The choir performs Victoria’s Tenebrae Responsories interspersed with Plainchant and Guerrero’s Maria Magdalene. Register, view here and on demand for 30 days. LIVE

3 pm ET: Polyphonic Concert Club presents Red Priest. Filmed in the medieval ambience of York’s National Centre for Early Music, Red Priest performs music by Handel, Vivaldi, Telemann, and Bach. Tickets £95 for the series of six. View here and on demand.

3 pm ET: San Francisco Symphony presents Currents: American Indian Musical Culture: Jerod Tate. A concert exploring the intersection between classical music and American Indian musical cultures. Curated by composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, with SF Symphony musicians. Tickets $15. View here and on demand.

5 pm ET: The Violin Channel & Vanguard Concerts presents Junction Trio. Stefan Jackiw, violin, Jay Campbell, cello, and Conrad Tao, piano perform John Zorn’s Ghosts and Schumann’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor Op. 63. View here.

6 pm ET: National Sawdust presents Amy Hall Garner. Alabama-born choreographer Amy Hall Garner is a graduate of Juilliard and has created commissioned works for Ailey II, the Juilliard School, and Barnard College, among others. She will explore the ephemerality of flowers in their natural and abstract forms for a production that brings together music, dance, and art with collaborator Jared Small. View here.

7 pm ET: Caramoor presents Schwab Vocal Rising Stars. This “Tour de France” program features four young singers and a pianist selected by Steven Blier for a weeklong residency at Caramoor. With music by Debussy, Poulenc, Jacques Brel, Serge Gainsbourg, Mahler, Canteloube, Michel Legrand, and many others. Tickets from $15. View here.

7 pm ET: Kaufman Music Center presents 2021 Henry Schneider Concert. A virtual performance filmed in Merkin Hall featuring rising star performers from Kaufman Music Center’s Lucy Moses School, which offers music, dance and theater classes and instrument lessons to students of all ages and backgrounds. With an introduction by Kate Sheeran, Executive Director, Kaufman Music Center. Tickets $15. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Verdi’s Il Trovatore. Starring Eva Marton, Dolora Zajick, Luciano Pavarotti, Sherrill Milnes, and Jeffrey Wells, conducted by James Levine. Production by Fabrizio Melano. From October 15, 1988. View here and for 24 hours.

7:30 pm ET: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents Surprising Piano Quartets. Archival performances of Mendelssohn’s Quartet in C minor for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 1 and Strauss’s Quartet in C minor for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 13. With Wu Qian, Chad Hoopes, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Yura Lee, Paul Neubauer, and Gary Hoffman. View here and on demand for one week.

7:30 pm ET: Carnegie Hall presents Be the Light. A call to action in the wake of social, political, and environmental unrest. Coinciding with the observance of Passover and Easter, this multi-faith event marks the official release of Cantor Azi Schwartz and Israel Houghton’s cover of the Simon & Garfunkel classic “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Producers Ray Chew and Vivian Scott Chew host the celebration, with additional performances by Kenny Lattimore, Kierra Sheard-Kelly, Karen Clark Sheard, Cory Henry, and others, plus a special appearance by Iyanla Vanzant. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra presents From St. George to Schreker. Andreas Delfs conducts the RPO with oboist Erik Behr in Saint Georges’s Overture to L’Amant Anonyme (The Anonymous Lover), Morricone’s “Gabriel’s Oboe” from The Mission, Carlos Simon’s An Elegy: A Cry from the Grave, and Schreker’s Chamber Symphony. View here until May 16.

8 pm ET: The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Haydn’s Passione. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts a program comprising Caroline Shaw’s Entr’acte, for string orchestra, Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, and Haydn’s Symphony No. 49, La Passione. Tickets $17. View here and on demand until April 7. LIVE

8 pm ET: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra presents Behind the Curtain: Runnicles conducts Wagner. Sir Donald Runnicles conducts the ASO with mezzo-soprano Kelly O'Connor. Program: Carlos Simon’s An Elegy: A Cry From The Grave, Debussy’s Chansons de Bilitis, Britten’s Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge, and Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder (arr. Henze). Tickets $20. View here.

10 pm ET: Cal Performances presents Christine Goerke. A rare chance to hear dramatic soprano Christine Goerke in an intimate recital of music by composers you might expect to find on a recital program, including Handel, Brahms, and Richard Strauss; a special selection of Italian songs in celebration of the soprano’s heritage; musical-theater tunes by Cole Porter and Leonard Bernstein; and Carrie Jacobs-Bond’s cycle of (very!) short pieces, her Half-Minute Songs of 1910. Tickets $15. View here until June 30.

Friday, April 2

9 am ET: IDAGIO Global Concert Hall presents Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. Bach’s Passion comes from the Lucerne KKL concert hall. German conductor Florian Helgath directs with soloists Hannah Morrison, Anke Vondung, Jan Petryka, Milan Siljanov, and Konstantin Wolff, as well as the Zürcher Sing-Akademie and Orchestra La Scintilla. Tickets from $8. View here. LIVE

** 9 am ET: DG Stage presents Bach’s St. John Passion. Filmed in the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, John Eliot Gardiner conducts the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists in Bach’s St. John Passion with Nick Pritchard as the Evangelist, William Thomas as Christus, and Alex Ashworth as Pilatus, and with solos performed by Julia Doyle, Alexander Chance, and Peter Davoren. Tickets Euro 9.90. View here until April 4.

9 am ET: VOCES8 Live from London, Spring presents English Chamber Orchestra. VOCES8 joins the English Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Barnaby Smith for a program of Bach’s O Jesu Christ, mein's Lebens Licht BWV118, Barber’s Adagio for Strings, and Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine and Requiem. Tickets $12.50 and view here.

10 am ET: Wigmore Hall presents Fretwork. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion is performed by Elisabeth Paul cantus, Samuel Boden altus, Hugo Hymas tenor (as Evangelist), Benedict Hymas tenor, Jimmy Holliday bass (as Christus) and Bojan Cicic violin, Elin White violin, and Silas Wollston organ. Register, view here and on demand for 30 days.

12 pm ET: Bang On A Can presents First Fridays with Robert Black. Streaming from his home studio in Hartford, Connecticut, the Bang on a Can All-Star bassist presents “large music from small countries” including works by Iceland’s Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, Lithuania’s Žibuokle Martinaityte, and Latvia’s Krists Auznieks. From deep oceans, expansive skies, and dazzling lights, this is music that shares a fascination with ethereal sounds and earthly sonics. View here.

1 pm ET: OperaVision presents Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer. In Klaipeda State Music Theatre’s large-scale open-air production, Wagner's opera is performed mere miles from where the first motifs of The Flying Dutchman were born in the stormy Baltic Sea. Among the colossal structures and hoists of a historic shipyard, director Dalius Abaris’s vision is captured for the cameras in the light of a summer’s evening on the Lithuanian coast. Recorded on August 1, 2020. View here for three months.

1 pm ET: Daniel Hope presents Europe@Home. The British violinist celebrates Europe and its rich musical and cultural diversity. With each episode devoted to a different one of the European Union’s 27 member states, Hope invites young musicians into his Berlin home to collaborate on music by composers from their respective countries. This episode’s guest: Christian Gerhaher, baritone and Gerold Huber, piano (Germany). View here.

** 1 pm ET: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra presents Bach’s St. John Passion. The St. John Passion is performed live in Berwaldhallen, the concert hall of Swedish Radio The cast of singers includes Julia Kleiter, Ann Hallenberg, Andrew Staples, Christian Gerhaher, and Matthew Rose, with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Choir led by Daniel Harding. View here. LIVE

** 1 pm ET: Elbphilharmonie presents Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. Raphaël Pichon conducts Pygmalion and the Maîtrise de Radio France children's choir in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with soloists Julian Prégardien, Stéphane Degout, Christian Immler, Hana Blažíková, Lucile Richardot, Tim Mead, Sabine Devieilhe, Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, and Reinoud Van Mechelen. View here.

1:30 pm ET: St John’s Smith Square & Tenebrae present Holy Week Festival 2021. For Good Friday, Tenebrae’s small consort group perform Tallis’s Lamentations for Jeremiah in an intimate candlelit service, along with selections from Victoria’s settings of the Tenebrae Responsories. View here.

2 pm ET: Concertgebouworkest presents Dances without Borders. The orchestra’s brass section performs a program of Rameau’s Suite from Platée, Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances, Mogens Andresen’s Three Norwegian Dances, and the traditional Sultani Yegâh Sirto. View here.

2 pm ET: Teatro alla Scala presents Teatro alla Scala Chorus. Conductor Bruno Casoni leads the Teatro alla Scala Chorus with Marzia Castellini, mezzo-soprano and Marco Granata, baritone in a program including Arvo Pärt’s Salve Regina, Three Sacred Pieces by Elgar, and Duruflé’s Requiem Op. 9 for soloists, chorus, cello, timpani and organ. View here.

2:15 pm ET: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra presents Bach’s St Matthew Passion. Conductor Jan Willem de Vriend is joined by soprano Ilse Ehrens, alto Catriona Morison and the Laurens Collegium in a concert of highlights from Bach’s St Matthew Passion. Tickets Euro 10. View here until June 1.

3 pm ET: University of Washington’s Meany Center presents Strings for Peace. India’s first family of the sarod—Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash—join Grammy-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin in a series of video performances that bridge worlds of music, from a Spanish work for the guitar to ragas and folk tunes. Together, they make a call for harmony—in music, in religion, in culture, and the world. View here until April 9.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Massenet’s Werther. Starring Lisette Oropesa, Sophie Koch, Jonas Kaufmann, and David Bizic, conducted by Alain Altinoglu. Production by Sir Richard Eyre. From March 15, 2013. View here and for 24 hours.

7:30 pm ET: DePauw University School of Music presents Broadcast at the Crossroads. The online premiere of the culmination of Lisa Bielawa’s Composer-in-Residence appointment at DePauw’s Music of the 21st Century festival. Building on techniques developed during the pandemic to create broadly participatory works in a collaborative, asynchronous process, Broadcast at the Crossroads weaves musical materials recorded by the individual members of the orchestra, band, choir and opera programs. The performance will be preceded by an introduction by Bielawa, in conversation with participating students. View here.

8 pm ET: Washington Performing Arts presents Home Delivery Plus: Sphinx Virtuosi. Five Sphinx musicians perform a tribute to the American sound of classical music, ranging from a movement from Dvorák’s American Quartet to Andrea Casarrubios’s Seven, a work composed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Founded in 1997 with the goal of addressing the underrepresentation of people of color in classical music, the Sphinx Organization annually presents programs benefiting more than 100,000 students and artists. View here.

9 pm ET: Houston Symphony presents A Bach Easter. Celebrate the season with Bach, including the Concerto for Oboe and Violin with principal oboe Jonathan Fischer and concertmaster Yoonshin Song, two of Bach’s sacred cantatas with vocalists Yulia Van Doren and Elizabeth DeShong, and the Orchestral Suite No. 2. Jane Glover conducts. Tickets $20. View here. LIVE

9 pm ET: Minnesota Orchestra presents A Musical Passport. A visit abroad with the Minnesota Orchestra celebrating Brazil, Cuba, Italy, Russia, Armenia, and more. Hosted and conducted by Sarah Hicks, the concert also includes reflections on world travel from musicians and an introduction from travel writer and television host Rick Steves. View here. LIVE

11 pm ET: Seattle Symphony presents A Tribute to Louis Armstrong. The Pacific Northwest’s big band jazz ensemble, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (SRJO), joins forces with Seattle-based jazz vocalist Jacqueline Tabor for a tribute to Louis Armstrong. SRJO co-director Michael Brockman leads this program of Armstrong’s most iconic standards. View here.

Saturday, April 3

10 am ET: St John’s Smith Square & Tenebrae present Holy Week Festival 2021. For Easter Saturday, Helen Charlston and Amici Voices present Bach's St Matthew Passion. Filmed at St John's Smith Square, they perform one voice per part, with period instruments. Nick Pritchard sings the Evangelist. View here.

12 pm ET: Arizona Friends of Chamber Music presents Jupiter String Quartet. A concert featuring the world premiere of Stephen Andrew Taylor’s Chaconne/Labyrinth recorded exclusively for this online event in Smith Memorial Recital Hall at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. The program also includes Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, Death and the Maiden. View here for 30 days.

1 pm ET: San Francisco Opera presents Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. In this 2016 co-production with Santa Fe Opera and Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, Italian bass Maurizio Muraro embodies the title role of an older bachelor who seeks a young wife. The cast also features soprano Heidi Stober as Pasquale’s bride-to-be, Norina, tenor Lawrence Brownlee as Ernesto, Norina’s sweetheart and Pasquale’s nephew, and bass-baritone Lucas Meachem as the scheming Dr. Malatesta. Laurent Pelly’s production is inspired by Italian films of the 1950s and ’60s. View here until midnight the following day.

1 pm ET: Wiener Staatsoper presents Ballet: Mahler & Franz Liszt. Franz Liszt: Choreography by Hans van Manen, and with Olga Esina and Marcos Menha. Gustav Mahler: Choreography by Martin Schläpfer. Conductor: Axel Kober, and with Soloists Corps de ballet of Wiener Staatsballetts. Register for free and view here.

1 pm ET: Daniel Hope presents Europe@Home. The British violinist celebrates Europe and its rich musical and cultural diversity. With each episode devoted to a different one of the European Union’s 27 member states, Hope invites young musicians into his Berlin home to collaborate on music by composers from their respective countries. This episode’s guests: Jana Kurucová, mezzo-soprano and Tahmina Feinstein, piano (Slovakia). View here.

1:30 pm ET: IDAGIO Global Concert Hall presents Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. Sinfonieorchester Basel is conducted by young Finnish rising star conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali in Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. Tickets from $8. View here. LIVE

2:15 pm ET: Elbphilharmonie presents Ensemble Resonanz. Work and structure were the guiding principles that gave Wolfgang Herrndorf stability during the three years of his battle with cancer. His last thoughts were published posthumously in book form. Riccardo Minasi conducts Ensemble Resonanz in Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ while actress Birgit Minichmayr intersperses the movements with excerpts from Herrndorf’s texts. View here.

**2:30 pm ET: Wigmore Hall presents The Sixteen. The British choir performs music by Bryrd, Sheppard, Tompkins, Taverner, Purcell, Gibbons, Weelkes, and Almeida. Register, view here and on demand for 30 days.

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

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore. Starring Anna Netrebko, Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien, and Ambrogio Maestri, conducted by Maurizio Benini. Production by Bartlett Sher. From October 13, 2012. View here and for 24 hours.

7:30 pm ET: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents American Traditions. Principal Pops Conductor Byron Stripling has created a program of early folk classics and popular ballads, and the blues that followed. From “Old MacDonald Had A Farm” to Blues Suite for String Quartet to “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Tickets $15. Register and view here until April 9.

7:30 pm ET: Gloriae Dei Cantores presents An Easter Concert. From the Church of the Transfiguration (Orleans, MA), the choir performs Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, Herbert Howells’s Take him, earth, for cherishing, and Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem. View here.

9 pm ET: San Antonio Symphony presents Classical Concert V. Carlos Izcaray conducts the SAS with violinist Eric Gratz in music by Iscaray, Mozart, and Beethoven. Tickets $21. View here.

9 pm ET: St Paul Chamber Orchestra presents Bach’s St John Passion. A rebroadcast from the 2018/19 season with chorales sung by The Singers and conducted by Jonathan Cohen. With Nicholas Mulroy, Matthew Brook, William Berger, Joélle Harvey, Tim Mead, and Nick Pritchard. Register and view here.

9:30 pm ET: Boulder Philharmonic presents The Soldier’s Tale. Stravinsky reinvented his compositional approach in the aftermath of WWI and the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918. The Soldier’s Tale is a theatrical work “to be read, played, and danced” and takes on an intimacy that suits the moralizing message of the drama: greed leads to ruin. A collaboration with the Colorado University Department of Theater and Boulder Ballet. Michael Butterman conducts. Tickets $40. View here until April 17. LIVE

Sunday, April 4

6:30 am ET: St John’s Smith Square & Tenebrae present Holy Week Festival 2021. For Easter Sunday, violinist Bojan Cicic and organist Steven Devine perform Biber’s The Rosary Sonatas: The Joyful Sonatas. View here.

** 9 am ET: VOCES8 Live from London, Spring presents Academy of Ancient Music. Celebrate Easter Day with a performance of Bach’s life-affirming Mass in B Minor, in the surroundings of the Church of St Bartholomew the Great, London. VOCES8’s artistic director Barnaby Smith conducts the Academy Of Ancient Music with Rachel Podger Guest Leader and soloists Carolyn Sampson, Iestyn Davies, Jeremy Budd, and Matthew Brook. Tickets $12.50 and view here.

10:30 am ET: St John’s Smith Square & Tenebrae present Holy Week Festival 2021. For Easter Sunday, violinist Bojan Cicic and organist Steven Devine perform Biber’s The Rosary Sonatas: The Sorrowful Sonatas. View here.

1 pm ET: Wiener Staatsoper presents Beethoven’s Fidelio. Conductor: Peter Schneider, director: Otto Schenk. With Klaus Florian Vogt, Anja Kampe, Evgeny Nikitin, Stephen Milling, Valentina Nafornita. Production from January 2016. Register for free and view here.

1 pm ET: Daniel Hope presents Europe@Home. The British violinist celebrates Europe and its rich musical and cultural diversity. With each episode devoted to a different one of the European Union’s 27 member states, Hope invites young musicians into his Berlin home to collaborate on music by composers from their respective countries. This episode’s guests: Michael Barenboim, violin and Natalia Pegarkova, piano (France). View here.

** 1 pm ET: Orpheus Sinfonia & The Wallace Collection present Rococo. The second of a five-part series exploring the connections between art and music. This performance traces ornamentation through Rococo objects such as Fragonard’s The Swing and Meissen porcelain vases, alongside the music of Rameau, Couperin and Gluck. Program: Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes, Overture, selections from Couperin’s Les Nations and Les Langueurs-Tendres, and Gluck’s Dance of the Blessed Spirits. With Pasha Mansurov, flute, Henry Tong and Sophie Simpson, violins, Tetsummi Nagata, viola, Davina Shum, cello, and Peter Foggitt, harpsichord. Tickets from £5. View here.

2 pm ET: Teatro alla Scala presents Zubin Mehta. Zubin Mehta conducts a program of Schubert’s Symphony No. 3 in D, D 200 and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor. View here.

2:15 pm ET: Elbphilharmonie presents Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. Jaakko Kuusisto conducts the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and pianist Iiro Rantala in Poulenc’s Sinfonietta, Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A KV 488, and favorite works by Beethoven. View here.

2:30 pm ET: St John’s Smith Square & Tenebrae present Holy Week Festival 2021. For Easter Sunday, violinist Bojan Cicic and organist Steven Devine perform Biber’s The Rosary Sonatas: The Glorious Sonatas. View here.

3 pm ET: The Cliburn presents Cliburn Masterpiece: Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 8. Georgy Tchaidze, 2017 finalist, performs Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 8 in B-flat, Op. 84 and discusses the work with Dr. Peter Kupfer, SMU associate professor and chair of musicology. View here and on demand.

4 pm ET: Our Concerts Live presents Concertos from the Inside: Week 13: Korngold. In a 24-part series, Rachel Barton Pine performs the entire solo violin part of the greatest violin concertos unaccompanied and shares her perspective on each, explaining how she prepares and how her performance connects to the work’s historical and musical context. The series is geared towards career violinists, advanced students, violin teachers, and violin aficionados. Tickets $20. Register and view here.

** 7:30 pm ET: Met Opera Streams presents Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. Starring Nina Stemme, Ekaterina Gubanova, Stuart Skelton, Evgeny Nikitin, and René Pape, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Production by Mariusz Trelinski. From October 8, 2016. View here and for 24 hours.

Monday, April 5

** 6 am ET: Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall presents Petrenko conducts Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninov. This March 20 concert in front of 1000 spectators took place as part of the Berlin project “Perspektive Kultur” to test the logistical and practical feasibility of events in conjunction with SARS-CoV-2 antigen testing. The Berliner Philharmoniker is conducted by Kirill Petrenko in Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy Overture after Shakespeare and Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27. Includes an interview with BPO principal flute Emmanuel Pahud in conversation with Daniel Stabrawa. Tickets EUR 9.90. View here. LIVE

** 10 am ET: Virtual Circle presents Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. HarrisonParrott’s live-streaming and digital content platform presents Bach Collegium Japan performing Bach’s St. Matthew Passion recorded in Suntory Hall, Tokyo. Masato Suzuki leads the Chorus and Orchestra with soloists Makoto Sakurada (Evangelist), sopranos Maki Mori and Aki Matsui, altos Noriyuki Kubo and Hiroya Aoki, tenor Yosuke Taniguchi, and basses Toru Kaku and Hirotaka Kato. Tickets £15 View here.

1 pm ET: Wiener Staatsoper presents Puccini’s La Bohème. Conductor: Mikko Franck, director: Franco Zeffirelli. With Rámon Vargas, Maija Kovalevska, Alessio Arduini, Adrian Eröd, and Ildikó Raimondi. Production from March 2014. Register for free and view here.

**2 pm ET: St John’s Smith Square & Tenebrae present Holy Week Festival 2021. The London Handel Festival blends 'live' and 'virtual' as Laurence Cummings conducts soloists, including Iestyn Davies and Lucy Crowe, and the London Handel Orchestra in a live performance from St George's, Hanover Square in London's Mayfair—Handel's own church. The choruses have been prepared and pre-recorded by 15 choirs totaling some 500 singers from all over the world and will be integrated digitally into the performance. Register and view here.

7 pm ET: 92nd St Y presents A Celebration of Mimouna. Mimouna is a North African Sephardi holiday that marks the end of Passover. Traditionally an evening of good food (especially breads), this concert features Sebt Gnawa, a traditional Jewish-Moroccan musical style performed by Grammy-nominated Samir LanGus and Itamar Borochov. Afterward, both musicians will share more about their ties to this music and their belief in multicultural collaboration. View here.

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

7:30 pm ET: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents Musical Heritage: Pablo Casals. The great Catalan cellist Pablo Casals (1876-1973) stands as arguably the most influential and universally revered instrumentalist of all time. In this exploration of Casals, the musician and the man, cellist and CMS Artistic Director David Finckel leads a panel of musicians—Dmitri Atapine, Arnold Steinhardt, Jaime Laredo, and Timothy Eddy—who, either through direct contact or inherited influence, have been changed by the art of Casals forever. Register, view here and on demand for one week.

Artists and Organizations Offering Free Content

The following are all accessible during the coronavirus pandemic:

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

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

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

American Opera Project
First Glimpse is a video album of 20 songs created during the first year of AOP’s 2019-21 fellowship program, Composers & the Voice. Originally intended as a live concert, the videos will be released every Friday beginning October 23 and for the following six weeks. The composers are Alaina Ferris, Matt Frey, Michael Lanci, Mary Prescott, Jessica Rudman and Tony Solitro, with librettists Amanda Hollander and Jonathan Douglass Turner. Videos will be free for one week following their release, after which they will be available to rent or purchase, individually or as a full set through AOP's Website. Explore here.

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

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

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

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

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

The Benedetti Foundation
Intention, thought, confidence, openness, and individuality are all intrinsic to developing playing. How to stand, how to breathe, focus and comfort, are all important questions. This new series of virtual sessions from March 28 to April 18 will help musicians address their physical and psychological foundations and the majority are open to players of any instrument and at any level. The sessions are intended to complement participants’ individual lessons or group tuition. There will be live sessions, improvisation sessions, wellbeing sessions and daily challenges available for any instrument. Participants can join in as often as they want, and each live session will be repeated each day to allow those in different time zones to attend live. The Sessions will be free but with a recommended donation of £25 per person. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kennedy Center: Arts Across America: Spring
Arts across America continues this Spring with a focus 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 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 last summer. Now available to enjoy online, the Meditations include performances by students of Juilliard’s Historical Performance program in the spirit of their annual participation in the Festival. View here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New: 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paid Digital Arts Services

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

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

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