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April 3, 2020 | By Clive Paget, Musical America

We will be updating this list twice weekly. Please note that Central European Time (CET) is currently six hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Time. Contact editor@musicalamerica.com.  

Friday, April 3

Noon CET: Staatsoper unter den Linden. Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie Rameau. Conductor: Simon Rattle, director: Aletta Collins, with Anna Prohaska, Reinoud Van Mechelen, Magdalena Kožená, Elsa Dreisig, Gyula Orendt, Staatsopernchor, Staatskapelle Berlin. Available free for 24 hours.

6 pm CET: Vienna Staatsoper streams Mozart’s La Le Nozze di Figaro (performance of November 25, 2014). Conductor: Sascha Goetzel, director: Jean-Louis Martinoty, with Luca Pisaroni (Conte d’Almaviva), Olga Bezsmertna (Contessa d’Almaviva), Anita Hartig (Susanna), Adam Plachetka (Figaro), Rachel Frenkel (Cherubino). Sign up for free and view here.

7 pm CET: Lucerne Festival streams World Class on the Water: 75 Years of Lucerne Festival, a documentary film by Béla Batthyany (2013). Register free and available here for 24 hours.

12 pm ET: Faithful Friday with Angel Blue. The acclaimed American soprano presents a new topical talk show web series broadcast live every Friday on Facebook and Instagram. For Episode #3 she will be joined by Italian fashion and Instagram favorite Sandra Violante, who has been in lock-down in Milan for several weeks.

1:30 pm ET: The Kanneh-Mason Family
“The Von Trapps of Classical Music” (Telegraph UK) go live via cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s Facebook every Wednesday and Friday with a mixture of intimate family chamber performances and behind the scenes chat. Watch here.

2 pm ET: The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden streams Handel’s Acis and Galatea (Production from 2009). Christopher Hogwood conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and a distinguished cast including Danielle de Niese and Charles Workman in Wayne McGregor's production – a rare and beautifully crafted collaboration between The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet. View here.

3 pm ET: Silkroad Home Sessions
Pipa virtuoso Wu Man presents an improvisation piece as part of The Silkroad collective’s virtual concert mini-series bringing music of comfort and joy directly from their homes into ours. Performance on Facebook and Instagram.

5.30 pm ET: Lincoln Center at Home presents Joshua Bell: Seasons of Cuba. The renowned, Grammy Award-winning violinist leads this celebration of a new era of cultural diplomacy with a vibrant program that spans from Vivaldi classics to Piazzolla tangos and beyond. Joining Bell is the Chamber Orchestra of Havana, with pianist/composer Aldo López-Gavilán, singer-songwriter Carlos Varela, and soprano Larisa Martínez. Originally broadcasted on December 16, 2016 View here.

7 pm ET: The Metropolitan Museum presents the digital premiere of The Mother of Us All, with music by Virgil Thomson and libretto by Gertrude Stein. Performed earlier this spring in the magnificent Charles Engelhard Court in the Museum's American Wing, the opera was conducted by Daniela Candillari, directed by Louisa Proske, and featured soprano (and Juilliard alumna) Felicia Moore as Susan B. Anthony, musicians from the New York Philharmonic, and singers from Juilliard’s Marcus Ins Institute for Vocal Arts. This iconic American opera, part of the NY Phil’s Project 19 initiative celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment, will stream on YouTube and The Met's Facebook.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles. Conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, starring Diana Damrau, Matthew Polenzani, and Mariusz Kwiecien. Transmitted live January 16, 2016. Go to www.metopera.org on the day. From the MA archives, Les Pêcheurs de Perles Is Back in NY.

7:30 pm ET: Boston's Handel and Haydn Society streams Handel’s Messiah, recorded in 2019.  Masaaki Suzuki, conductor; Elizabeth Watts, soprano; Reginald Mobley, countertenor; Nicholas Phan, tenor; Dashon Burton, bass-baritone; H+H Orchestra and Chorus. On social media channels and H+H website.

8 pm ET: Curtis Institute presents Vocal Department Recital of Russian Works. Ghenady Meirson, Russian repertoire coach at Curtis, prepared and accompanied this special presentation by the students of the vocal studies department, which was recorded on January 29, 2020. Songs by Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakov, Shostakovich and others will be aired on YouTube and Facebook Live.

Saturday, April 4

Noon CET: Staatsoper unter den Linden. Brahms’s Symphonies Nos. 1 - 4. Conductor Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin. Recorded in Buenos Aires. Available free for 24 hours.

Noon CET: Salzburg Easter Festival presents Die Walküre. Christian Thielemann, conductor, Staatskapelle Dresden. Recorded 2017 with Peter Seiffert, Georg Zeppenfeld, Vitalij Kowaljow, Anja Harteros, Anja Kampe, Christa Mayer. et al. Available here for for 48 hours.

7 pm CET: Bolshoi Theater streams Auber’s Marco Spada. Choreographer: Pierre Lacotte; Music Director: Alexei Bogorad, with Artem Ovcharenko, Kristina Kretova, Ekaterina Shipulina, Artemy Belyakov, Igor Tsvirko. Production from 2015. Available here and for 24 hours after.

6 pm CET: Vienna Staatsoper streams Puccini’s La Bohème (Performance of November 20, 2016). Conductor: Sascha Goetzel, director: Franco Zeffirelli, with Jinxu Xiahou (Rodolfo), Anita Hartig (Mimì), Francesca Dotto (Musetta), Javier Arrey (Marcello), Clemens Unterreiner (Schaunard), Jongmin Park (Colline), Wolfgang Bankl (Benoit/Alcindoro). Sign up for free and view here.

7 pm CET: Lucerne Festival streams Mahler Symphony No. 9. Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Claudio Abbado conductor. Recorded on August 20 and 21, 2010. Register free and available here for 24 hours. Abbado was an acclaimed Mahlerian, with a special affinity for the Ninth Symphony. Highly recommended **

7 pm CET: OperaVision livestreams Gluck’s Alceste from Teatro La Fenice. Conductor: Guillaume Tourniaire; director: Pier Luigi Pizzi, with Marlin Miller, Carmela Remigio, Ludovico Furlani, Zuzana Markova, Anita Teodoro, Giorgio Misseri, Orchestra e Coro Teatro La Fenice. View here.

5 pm ET: The World Wide Tuning Meditation
International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and Music on the Rebound present The World Wide Tuning Meditation. IONE and Claire Chase lead a global performance of Pauline Oliveros’s The Tuning Meditation, a sonic gathering with a legacy of bringing communities together through meditative singing. Anyone from anywhere in the world is invited to join in via Zoom to sing together from their personal phone or computer. No music experience is necessary. RSVP here for Zoom link.

7 pm ET: Jennifer Koh’s “Alone Together.” Twenty-one composers, most of whom enjoy institutional support, have each agreed to donate a new, 30-second micro-work for solo violin, while also recommending a fellow freelance composer to write their own 30-second solo violin work on paid commission from the artist-driven nonprofit ARCO Collaborative. Koh premieres a selection of these donated and commissioned works via Instagram TV and Facebook Live. Each performance will be subsequently available via YouTube. She will also share related content throughout the week leading up to each performance, including composer insights, rehearsal footage, and musical scores posted on social media.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Verdi’s Macbeth. Conducted by Fabio Luisi, starring Anna Netrebko, Joseph Calleja, Željko Lucic, and René Pape. Transmitted live October 11, 2014. Go to www.metopera.org on the day. From the MA archives, Met’s Macbeth Is Not Quite Creepy Enough.

8 pm ET: Viritual Benefit Concert to raise money for Artist Relief Tree, a fund created to support artists who are affected by cancellations due to COVID-19. New online channel and streaming service OurConcerts.live presents an evening of extraordinary music as leading classical musicians Emanuel Ax, Jon Kimura Parker, J’Nai Bridges, Rachel Barton Pine, Anthony McGill, Bridget Kibbey, and others offer an intimate view into some of their favorite pieces, performed live from their homes. The artists are graciously donating their time to benefit their colleagues. View here. Donations begin at $5.

8 pm CDT: Cliburn Watch Party featuring 2017 Cliburn Gold Medalist Yekwon Sunwoo. Cliburn Competition Final Round Quintet: Dvorak Piano Quintet in A, Op. 81 with the Brentano String Quartet. View on Facebook and reposted after at Cliburn.org/watchparty and YouTube/thecliburn.

8 pm CDT: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra streams Mozart's Symphony No. 29, one of four upcoming live video events in its free online Concert Library. Launched in 2017, the SPCO Concert Library also contains a range of previous performances to view on demand.

Sunday, April 5

9:30 am MDT: The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.  Music & the Spoken Word, a weekly 30-minute broadcast. This non-denominational program of inspirational music with a short message of hope and encouragement has aired each week for more than 90 years.  The stream is accessible at thetabernaclechoir.org.  Information about the repertoire and spoken word message for each week is updated on Thursdays here.

Noon CET: Salzburg Easter Festival presents Die Walküre. Christian Thielemann, conductor, Staatskapelle Dresden. Recorded 2017 with Peter Seiffert, Georg Zeppenfeld, Vitalij Kowaljow, Anja Harteros, Anja Kampe, Christa Mayer. et al. Available here for for 36 hours.

Noon CET: Staatsoper unter den Linden. Mozart’s Così fan tutte. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim; director: Doris Dörrie, with Dorothea Röschmann, Katharina Kammerloher, Daniela Bruera, Hanno Müller-Brachmann, Werner Güra, Roman Trekel, Staatsopernchor, Staatskapelle Berlin. Available free for 24 hours.

3 pm ET: Boston's Handel and Haydn Society streams Handel’s Messiah, recorded in 2019.  Masaaki Suzuki, conductor; Elizabeth Watts, soprano; Reginald Mobley, countertenor; Nicholas Phan, tenor; Dashon Burton, bass-baritone; H+H Orchestra and Chorus. On social media channels and H+H website.

6 pm CET: Opernhaus Zürich presents Messa da Requiem. Christian Spuck brought one of Verdi's key works to the stage. In a large-scale co-production by the Ballett and Oper Zürich, the German choreographer and director ventured to portray an unusual interpretation of Verdi's funeral mass in his scenic-choreographic production. Conducted by Fabio Luisi, with Krassimira Stoyanova Soprano, Veronica Simeoni Mezzo-soprano, Francesco Meli Tenor, Georg Zeppenfeld Bass. Recording available until April 11 here.

6 pm CET: Vienna Staatsoper streams Strauss’s Elektra (performance of February 15, 2020). Conductor: Semyon Bychkov, director: Uwe Eric Laufenberg, with Waltraud Meier (Klytämnestra), Christine Goerke (Elektra), Simone Schneider (Chrysothemis), Norbert Ernst (Aegisth), Michael Volle (Orest). Sign up for free and view here.

7 pm BST: London Symphony Orchestra streams Verdi’s Requiem with Gianandrea Noseda conductor, Erika Grimaldi soprano, Daniela Barcellona mezzo-soprano, Francesco Meli tenor, Michele Pertusi bass, and the London Symphony Chorus. View here on YouTube.

3 pm ET: Detroit Symphony Orchestra streams Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, conducted by Kent Nagano featuring pianist Beatrice Rana and Prokofiev’s Suite from The Love for Three Oranges conducted by Juraj Valcuha. Audiences are invited to have an at-home concert experience, comment, react, and chat with each other. Stream hosted by DSO Assistant Principal Timpani and Percussion Jay Ritchie. View on Facebook.

3 pm ET: The Boston Symphony Orchestra will present a special video stream of Concert for Our City: Now Streaming For All, a 70-minute performance available via YouTube for 45 days. The Thomas Wilkins-led stream features works by Tchaikovsky, Ginastera, and Brahms, plus Chinese-American composer Huang Ruo’s Folksongs for Orchestra, George Walker’s Lyric for String Orchestra, and the finale of Dvorák’s Cello Concerto with cellist Sterling Elliott. Click here for a complete program listing.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Bellini’s Norma. Conducted by Carlo Rizzi, starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Joyce DiDonato, Joseph Calleja, and Matthew Rose. Transmitted live October 17, 2017. Go to www.metopera.org on the day. The Met Opens with a new Norma; the Verdict Is (Very) Mixed

Monday, April 6

Noon CET: Staatsoper unter den Linden. Wagner’s Tannhäuser. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim; director: Sasha Waltz, with Peter Seiffert, Ann Petersen, Marina Prudenskaya, Peter Mattei, René Pape. Available free for 24 hours.

Noon CET: Salzburg Easter Festival presents Die Walküre. Christian Thielemann, conductor, Staatskapelle Dresden. Recorded 2017 with Peter Seiffert, Georg Zeppenfeld, Vitalij Kowaljow, Anja Harteros, Anja Kampe, Christa Mayer. et al. Available here for for24 hours.

Noon CET: Salzburg Easter Festival presents Otello. Christian Thielemann, conductor, Staatskapelle Dresden. Recorded 2016 with José Cura, Dorothea Röschmann, Carlos Álvarez, Benjamin Bernheim, Christa Mayer, Georg Zeppenfeld, Csaba Szegedi and Gordon Bintner. Available here for 48 hours.

12 pm ET: On Site Opera presents Mozart’s The Secret Gardener. The New York opera company, which specializes in site-specific and immersive productions, filmed the staging in May 2017 at the Westside Community Garden. The livestream is available on the company’s website and Facebook page.

4 pm CET: Concertgebouworkest presents Rossini - La Gazza ladra / Prokofiev - Symphony No. 5. Mariss Jansons, conductor.

6 pm CET
: Vienna Staatsoper streams Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (performance of October 2, 2019). Conductor: Simone Young; director: Irina Brook, with Lawrence Zazzo (Oberon), Erin Morley (Titania), Théo Touvet (Puck), Peter Kellner (Theseus), Szilvia Vörös (Hippolyta), Josh Lovell (Lysander), Rafael Fingerlos (Demetrius), Rachel Frenkel (Hermia), Valentina Nafornita (Helena). Sign up for free and view here.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Verdi’s Aida. Conducted by Nicola Luisotti, starring Anna Netrebko, Anita Rachvelishvili, and Aleksandrs Antonenko. Transmitted live on October 6, 2018. Go to www.metopera.org on the day.

Tuesday, April 7

Noon CET: Staatsoper unter den Linden. Brahms’s Symphonies Nos. 1 - 4. Conductor Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin. Recorded in Buenos Aires. Available free for 24 hours.

Noon CET: Salzburg Easter Festival presents Otello. Christian Thielemann, conductor, Staatskapelle Dresden. Recorded 2016 with José Cura, Dorothea Röschmann, Carlos Álvarez, Benjamin Bernheim, Christa Mayer, Georg Zeppenfeld, Csaba Szegedi and Gordon Bintner. Available here for 36 hours.

12 PDT: Music on Main streams Terry Riley and Gyan Riley premiere. Vancouver, CA, "post-classical" series presents the legendary composer/performer with his son guitarist Gyan Riley in a concert filmed live in February, 2020. On YouTube.

6 pm CET: Vienna Staatsoper streams Janácek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, (performance of April 11, 2016). Conductor: Tomáš Netopil; director: Otto Schenk, with Chen Reiss (Füchslein Schlaukopf), Hyuna Ko (Fuchs), Roman Trekel (Förster), Donna Ellen (Frau des Försters/Eule), Joseph Dennis (Schulmeister), Marcus Pelz (Pfarrer/Dachs), Paolo Rumetz (Harašta). Sign up for free and view here.

7 pm CET: OperaVision livestreams Rossini’s Guillaume Tell from Rossini Opera Festival. Conductor: Michele Mariotti; director: Graham Vick, with Nicola Alaimo, Juan Diego Flórez, Simon Orfila, Simone Alberghini, Amanda Forsythe, Luca Tittoto, Orchestra e Coro Teatro Communale di Bologna. View here.

5:30pm ET: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents I Can’t Believe It’s Schoenberg. Program: Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht for String Sextet, Op. 4, Brahms’s String Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36. View here.

7 pm ET: The Greene Space streams The Well-Tempered Clavier’s Greatest Hits, the latest episode of Bach’s Well-Tempered Lens in which Jeremy Denk explores Bach’s life and his most iconic work. Denk is artist-in-residence at The Greene Space at WQXR. View here. LIVE

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West. Conducted by Nicola Luisotti, starring Deborah Voigt, Marcello Giordani, and Lucio Gallo. Transmitted live on January 8, 2011. Go to www.metopera.org on the day.

Wednesday, April 8

Noon CET: Staatsoper unter den Linden. Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim; director: Dmitri Tcherniakov, with Andreas Schager, Anja Kampe, Ekaterina Gubanova, Stephen Milling, Boaz Daniel, Staatsopernchor, Staatskapelle Berlin. Available free for 24 hours.

Noon CET: Salzburg Easter Festival presents Otello. Christian Thielemann, conductor, Staatskapelle Dresden. Recorded 2016 with José Cura, Dorothea Röschmann, Carlos Álvarez, Benjamin Bernheim, Christa Mayer, Georg Zeppenfeld, Csaba Szegedi and Gordon Bintner. Available here for 24 hours.

4 pm CET: Concertgebouworkest presents Debussy Epigraphes / Rachmaninov - Symphonic Dances. Andris Nelsons, conductor.

5 pm CET: Vienna Staatsoper streams Handel’s Ariodante (performance of March 4, 2018). Conductor: William Christie; director: David McVicar, with Sarah Connolly (Ariodante), Chen Reiss (Ginevra), Hila Fahima (Dalinda), Christophe Dumaux (Polinesso), Rainer Trost (Lurcanio), Wilhelm Schwinghammer (Il Re di Scozia), Benedikt Kobel (Odoardo). Sign up for free and view here.

7 pm CET: Bolshoi Theater streams Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. Conductor: Pavel Sorokin; Stage Director: Leonid Baratov, with Mikhail Kazakov, Alina Yarovaya, Elena Novak, Maxim Paster, Andrei Grigoriev, Alexander Naumenko, Vitaly Tarashchenko, Elena Manistina, Valery Gilmanov. Production filmed in 2011. Think the Zeffirelli Bohème is old? Step back in time with this 1948 production of Russia’s greatest opera. ** Available here and for 24 hours after.

7 pm CET: OperaVision livestreams Gluck’s Alceste from Teatro La Fenice. Conductor: Guillaume Tourniaire; Director: Pier Luigi Pizzi Admeto, with Marlin Miller, Carmela Remigio, Ludovico Furlani, Zuzana Markova, Anita Teodoro, Giorgio Misseri, Orchestra e Coro Teatro La Fenice. View here.

1:30 pm ET: The Kanneh-Mason Family
“The Von Trapps of Classical Music” (Telegraph UK) go live via cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s Facebook every Wednesday and Friday with a mixture of intimate family chamber performances and behind the scenes chat. Watch here.

3 pm ET: Silkroad Home Sessions
Percussionist Haruka Fujii performs Japanese folk songs with friends Ray Furuta on flute and Beni Shinohara on violin as part of The Silkroad collective’s virtual concert mini-series bringing music of comfort and joy directly from their homes into ours. Performance on Facebook and Instagram.

7 pm ET: HERE@HOME Wednesday Watch Party: Paul Pinto’s Thomas Paine in Violence from 2017, an experimental opera that brings founding father Thomas Paine's ideologies up to date in an explosion of sound and poetry. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Verdi’s Falstaff. Conducted by James Levine, starring Lisette Oropesa, Angela Meade, Stephanie Blythe, and Ambrogio Maestri. Transmitted live on December 14, 2013.Go to www.metopera.org on the day.

Artists and Organizations Offering Free Content

The following are all accessible during the coronavirus pandemic:

Aix Festival
The Festival d’Aix-en-Provence is offering the opportunity to watch or re-watch full performances of Festival d’Aix-en-Provence operas online and for free. Offerings include: Puccini's Tosca, staged by Christophe Honoré (2019), Mozart's Requiem, staged by Romeo Castellucci (2019) **, Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos, staged by Katie Mitchell (2018), Stravinsky's The Rake’s Progress, staged by Simon McBurney (2017) **, Mozart's Don Giovanni, staged by Jean-François Sivadier (2017). Many of these are rightly acclaimed. To view, click here.

Alisa Weilerstein’s 36 days of Bach
Starting March 17, over thirty-six days, the cellist shares and discusses all thirty-six movements of the six Cello Suites by Bach. Each day she will present one movement on her Facebook page and invites viewers to share questions about Bach, the Cello Suites, and other musical topics. #36DaysOfBach

NEW: American Pianists Association
To keep the music alive while they prepare for the 2021 American Pianists Awards, APA are revisiting the last two classical competitions. For the two months, they will be uploading performances to their YouTube Channel from the 2013 and 2017 Awards competitions. Performances by Sean Chen and Claire Huangci are already posted, and new videos will be added daily until late May.

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

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
BSO musicians are putting live-streamed concerts on its Facebook page while concerts are canceled due to the virus. On Sunday March 22, for example, pianist Lura Johnson performed a nearly 45-minute show from her home on social media, with songs from Brahms, Berg and Beethoven. Further shows will continue on Wednesday and Sunday nights “for the near future.”

Bayerischen Staatsoper
Individual performances – such as Bluebeard’s Castle with John Lundgren and Nina Stemme, and Il Trovatore with Anja Harteros and Jonas Kaufmann – are available as live stream or as video-on-demand for 14 days. Future streams (without cast details) include L’Elisir d’Amore (April 4), Die Frau ohne Schatten (April 11), and Boris Godunov (April 14). Visit here to view and for details.

Berlin Philharmonic
The BPO has made its Digital Concert Hall free of charge. Use the password BERLINPHIL. The Digital Concert Hall remains free of charge for 30 days from the time of activating. Available are over 600 orchestra concerts covering more than ten years, including 15 concerts with the orchestra’s new chief conductor Kirill Petrenko, interviews, backstage footage.

Beth Morrison Projects
The new opera powerhouse is offering an “Opera of the Week,” which will stream on BMP’s home page. Next up is Missy Mazzoli’s Song From the Uproar, inspired by the life of the early 20th-century explorer Isabelle Eberhardt.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
The Boston Symphony presents “BSO at Home,” which includes self-produced videos from BSO musicians and conductors featuring anecdotes, personal reflections and insights, and short informal performances to be released periodically through the BSO’s social media channels. There will also be six weeks of daily curated audio offerings available each weekday morning at 10 a.m. through www.bso.org/athome. For a complete list click here.

Budapest Festival Orchestra Quarantine Soirées
Hungarian conductor Ivan Fischer has created a new concert series in response to the worldwide musical shutdown. The Quarantine Soirées are LIVE and free to view online chamber music concerts given nightly at 7:45 pm. Visit here for details of upcoming concerts.

Cliburn at Home
The Cliburn has three new online initiatives. “Cliburn Watch Party” relives some of the best moments of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition twice a week. “Cliburn Kids”—on Mondays and Thursdays at 11am—explores rhythm, storytelling, dance, and listening games in short (7- to 10-minute), entertaining, and educational journeys. “Cliburn Amateur Spotlight,” on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 4 pm CDT, posts performance videos submitted by the 72 who were accepted as competitors for the 2020 Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition (rescheduled to 2022). Visit Facebook, YouTube, Instagram or Cliburn.org.

Daniel Hope
Violinist Daniel Hope has launched “Hope at Home,” a new television series for our socially distanced times. Professionally produced by Kobalt Productions for Europe’s ARTE television network, the series comprises 14 half-hour episodes of live musical performance by leading classical artists, interspersed with English and German talk. Over two weeks (from March 25), Hope at Home will stream live, daily, at 1 pm ET (10 am PT; 6 pm Berlin CET) on the ARTE Concert website, where each episode will then be archived for 90 days, and on Deutsche Grammophon’s YouTube channel, where selected highlights will subsequently be available.

David Korevaar’s Beethoven Sonatas
Pianist David Korevaar will perform, record and share 32 Beethoven Sonatas in 60 days to celebrate the composer's 250th birthday. Recorded for in his living room in Colorado with no edits and minimal equipment, Korevaar would like to invite you to dive into the wonder of the Beethoven sonatas during this time of uncertainty. Please be forgiving of the piano tuning as his local piano tuners were social distancing too! Daily instalments available here.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has made its webcast archive available for free on its website. 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.

La Monnaie
Belgium’s La Monnaie de Munt has launched free streaming of a virtual season of eight operas from the archives: Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tale of Tsar Saltan, Mark Grey’s Frankenstein, Verdi’s Aida and Macbeth, Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Ponchielli’s La Gioconda, Mozart’s Lucio Silla and Pascal Dusapin’s Macbeth Underworld. All operas are available online until April 19. Details and access here.

LA Opera
LA Opera is maintaining a weekly #LAOAtHome schedule including live Living Room Recitals and popular productions From the Vaults. Upcoming highlights include Carmen from 2017 and David T. Little’s Dog Days. Weekly details here.

La Scala/RAI
Italy’s RAI presents five productions from La Scala Milan available online including Daniel Barenboim conducting Götterdämmerung, Lisette Oropesa in Verdi’s I Masnadieri, Montedervi’s Orfeo conducted by Rinaldo Alessandrini, Rossini’s La Gazza Ladra conducted by Riccardo Chailly and Les Vêpres Siciliennes conducted by Daniele Gatti. A wide range of concerts are also available. Click here to view and for further details.

Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center At Home enables families and communities to keep the arts front and center. From the archives of Lincoln Center’s resident organizations comes a trove of video, including rarely seen footage from decades of Live From Lincoln Center, more recent performances from across campus, and live streams from wherever performances are still happening. In addition, Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom broadcasts on Facebook Live every weekday at 10 am ET. Led by some of the world’s best artists and educators, each creative learning activity utilizes simple materials found at home to help families with children explore a variety of art forms. Each classroom will remain available on Facebook after the live broadcast. Finally, #ConcertsForKids teams up with top artists to bring world-class performances and diverse musical perspectives from their homes to yours. Check web calendar for latest digital offerings.

National Sawdust
National Sawdust has launched Live@NationalSawdust, a free digital platform offering concerts from the past five seasons and professional development programs from Renée Fleming, Meredith Monk and others, and including fundraising efforts for National Sawdust and the artists involved. Initial releases will focus on the very first concert in the venue from October 2015, including performances by Philip Glass, Foday Musa Suso, Tanya Tagaq, Chris Thile, Nico Muhly, Nadia Sirota, Jeffrey Zeigler, Eve Gigliotti, Paola Prestini, Nels Cline, Glenn Kotche, Theo Bleckmann, ACME and more. Future releases will draw from an extensive digital archive of more than 1,200 live performances, including highlights like Terry Riley’s Archangels featuring the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Du Yun’s Pan Asia Sounding Festival, and more.

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 recorded performances from our archives. Performances will be available at www.NWS.edu. New World Symphony Fellows also play live, informal chamber music concerts from their homes in Miami Beach and broadcast via Facebook Live. In addition, the New World Symphony’s ground-breaking online archive contains master classes, tutorials and town halls. MUSAIC can be found at www.musaic.NWS.edu. 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 of charge to students and parents. NWS Educational concerts can be found at www.musaic.NWS.edu.

Olyrix
French opera streaming site Olyrix is making its content free throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Not all content is watchable in the U.S., but there are many fascinating productions and concerts from top-notch opera companies, from Purcell’s The Indian Queen from Opéra de Lille to Korngold’s Violanta from Teatro Reggio Torino. A really well-curated collection. ** Explore here.

Opéra National de Paris
The Palais Garnier and Bastille Opera are making their digital stage, the 3e Scène, free and available to all. Founded in 2015, the platform is a pure place of artistic adventure and exploration, giving free reins to photographers, filmmakers, writers, illustrators, visual artists, composers and choreographers to create original works. Visit here. As previously announced, some of Opéra National de Paris’s productions are accessible for free on the Paris Opera Facebook Page and france.tvculturebox. 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, is making its acclaimed semi-staged concerts of Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle online, in full, for free. “Beg, borrow, or be like Wotan and steal a ticket for this show,” said the UK’s Times newspaper 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 Don Giovanni from Finnish National Opera and David McVicar’s superb Die Entführung aus dem Serail from Glyndebourne. ** View past content here.

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra are offering new ways to engage with the music and musicians of the Orchestra. Through WATCH, LISTEN, LEARN the Virtual Philadelphia Orchestra will fulfill its ongoing commitment to bring music, in video and audio forms, as well as interactive education and enrichment, to audiences. Content is available here.

San Francisco Symphony
San Francisco Symphony are making all documentary and concert episodes of Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony’s groundbreaking Keeping Score project available for unlimited free streaming on the Symphony’s YouTube channel. Episodes will be released beginning in four batches, every Wednesday through April 8, 2020. Michael Tilson Thomas explores the motivations and influences behind major classical works by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Copland, Stravinsky, Berlioz, Ives, Shostakovich, and Mahler. Each episode is accompanied by a one-hour concert program by the San Francisco Symphony. Unmissable. **

Seattle Symphony
Seattle Symphony is rebroadcasting concerts on Thursday and Saturday evenings. In addition, Morning Notes on YouTube or Facebook features individual musicians from the orchestra soloing on their instruments.

Teatro Regio di Torino
The Teatro Regio di Torino
aim to post streamed operas daily at 6 pm CET. The company will showcase dress rehearsals from the current and past seasons, which will be available act by act on their YouTube channel.

NEW: The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.  Music & the Spoken Word, a weekly 30-minute broadcast on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. mountain.  This non-denominational program of inspirational music with a short message of hope and encouragement has aired each week for more than 90 years.  The stream is accessible at thetabernaclechoir.org.  Information about the repertoire and spoken word message for each week is updated on Thursdays here.

NEW: Voices of Ascension
New York choir Voices of Ascension who celebrate their 30th Anniversary next season are posting a daily offering of choral beauty to their website. Music is chosen by staff, members of their chorus and orchestra, and listeners. View here.

NEW: Warsaw Philharmonic
The Warsaw Philharmonic has made a selection or video recordings available on its YouTube channel. Recent offerings include Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony and Arvo Pärt’s Swansong conducted by Artistic Director Andrzej Boreyko as well as interesting 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.

Other Paid Digital Arts Services

Medici TV
Stream thousands of classical music videos 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 or $12.99 per month. www.medici.tv

Archived Recent Performances

The following broadcast events have occurred since the start of the COVID-19 crisis and are still available for viewing:

March 12
The Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin performed BeethovenNOW: Symphonies 5 & 6 as well as Iman Habibi’s Jeder Baum Spricht to an empty Verizon Hall for live broadcast. An outstanding concert captured in excellent visuals and sound. www.philorch.org/live

March 12 & 13
An ad hoc ongoing series. Igor Levit performed Beethoven’s Waldstein Sonata (March 12) and Frederic Rzewski’s bravura hour-long The People United Will Never Be Defeated! (March 13) from his home in Berlin. Fascinating, if challenging sound. Check out his Twitter feed @igorpianist

March 14
Canadian pianist Garrick Ohlsson played an impressive selection of works by Beethoven, Prokofiev (the Sixth Sonata), and Chopin to an empty house at New York’s 92nd Street Y. www.92y.org/archives/garrick-ohlsson-piano

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, in their final concert before the shut down, presented Dohnányi's Serenade, Bartók's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, and Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence. Available here.

March 16
In front of an empty auditorium (very visible thanks to excellent camerawork) Melbourne Symphony Orchestra was conducted by Forth Worth Symphony Music Director Miguel Harth Bedoya in dynamic performances of Bloch's Schelomo with soloist Timo-Veikko Valve, and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. Available here.

NEW: March 22
Dorn Music presented the Kuss Quartett playing Beethoven’s String Quartet in F, Op.18 No. 1, String Quartet in F, Op. 135 and String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132 Movement No. 3 Heiliger Dankgesang eines Genesenen an die Gottheit, in der lydischen Tonart for the benefit of freelance musicians in Lower Saxony and across the world. The Live Broadcast from Hannover is available here. Donate here.

March 27
92nd St. Y
presents Jonathan Biss playing Beethoven’s last three piano sonatas. Written, as Beethoven said, “in a single breath,” these pieces represent the apotheosis of his piano writing, showing his mastery of the variation form (in Op. 109), his expertise in the forms of the musical past (the fugue, in Op. 110), and an ability to be cutting-edge (considering Op. 111 as a whole, but especially the famous ‘boogie woogie’ moments in the second movement). Available here.

Live From Lincoln Center presents “Simple Gifts: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Shaker Village” The recording captures a historic moment in American history: the first performance of Aaron Copland's landmark ballet score Appalachian Spring in the heart of an authentic Shaker village, Kentucky's historic Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. View here.

March 28
Deutsche Grammophon streams World Piano Day Concert. Performances from Evgeny Kissin, Víkingur Ólafsson, Maria João Pires, Daniil Trifonov, Jan Lisiecki, Joep Beving, Simon Ghraichy, Kit Armstrong, and Rudolf Buchbinder. Other artists are expected to join the line-up as part of the legendary Yellow Label’s celebration of music’s power to bring people together. Viewers will be able to watch via YouTube and Facebook using the hashtags #StayAtHome and #WorldPianoDay. The one-off program will be available online for a limited period after.

March 31
92nd St. Y presents composer/pianist Conrad Tao performing Frederic Rzewski's epic The People United Will Never Be Defeated – 36 variations on a Chilean protest song and anthem of unity. Streaming live from his apartment.

 

 


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